May 20, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers shooting guard George Hill (3) dribbles the ball along the baseline against the Miami Heat in game four of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Miami defeated Indiana 101-93. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-US PRESSWIRE

George Hill Needs to Lead the Indiana Pacers

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Now that George Hill has signed a long term deal, he can focus on his point guard skills for this team.  But I want him to step up in the leadership department. He’s a younger guy, but he looks so poised at times, that I think he can be a leader for the Pacers.

Of course, if his play on the floor gets better, that will be a great step for him as well.  The Pacers did look a bit more in control as Hill took over the point guard duties in early April.  The team put together a good winning streak, and really had one of the best records for that month to finish strong.

The best place I think Hill can improve is his passing game.  He averaged just under 3 assists per game.  For a point guard, I think right around 5 assists is ideal.  That means getting everyone involved and running the offense through different guys.

I do love that Hill took some big shots at times for the Pacers.  That’s an area that the Pacers don’t have one “go to guy”, so they can get different looks for different guys.  But seeing Hill step into a three to build up a lead or tie a game is great.

But the biggest factor for me is to see how he leads this game.  He can lead on and off court.  He can be a great community guy as he’s from Indianapolis, and can do things for the people of Indiana.  He can let his game do his talking on the court.  He can step up his point guard skills by involving everyone on the floor and putting guys in great position to score.  He can be another face for this franchise that fans have been wanting.

What are your expectations for George Hill this season?

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