The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed Jordan Hill to a generous two-year deal that will pay him a lot of money. By committing a large percentage of their salary cap to Hill, they were unable to go after other impact free agents who could have helped the team this year. The organization holds a team option for the second year, but due to the large amount of money being paid to him this year, he will need to show that he deserves it.
Hill has seen his game improve since joining the Lakers a few seasons ago via trade. He struggled early on in his career, failing to live up to his high draft pick. However, with the Lakers, he has carved out a nice role as a versatile big man who hustles to get his team extra possessions. His relentless approach to rebounding often gives him an edge when battling on the boards. He has become a better defender, and will be relied on next year to anchor the defense.
But it is now time for Hill to take his game to the next level, as he will no doubt see loads of playing time next season. While struggling to find consistent time last year, he still managed to average almost 10 points a game and over seven rebounds a game. He had several monstrous games where he recorded ridiculous double-doubles, but was rarely rewarded for his effort with more playing time.
While it is unlikely to see these kinds of performances on a daily basis from Hill, he does have the ability to go out and average a double-double, as well as playing a vital role to the team’s defense. He has a nose for the ball, and has really improved his finishing ability. He has continued to get better every season, working on different facets of his game.
The Lakers do not have a lot of talent on their roster, especially at the center position, and will need a really big season from Hill if they want to be competitive. With the money they’re paying him, it should now be expected of him.