Dec 18, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) drives for the basket as kMilwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden (0) defends during the fourth quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks won 98-93. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Spotlight: George Hill

You want to talk about consistent, you can talk about George Hill. Here’s a guy that goes out and learns the position of point guard for his hometown team, the Indiana Pacers.  He was a shooting guard while in San Antonio, but last season in early April got thrust into the starting line up as point guard due to an injury to Darren Collison.  The Pacers looked to be much better because of it, so Hill stuck around after receiving a contract extension.  After Roy Hibbert, the Pacers had to keep around Hill to keep this starting line up in tact.  The starters have yet to play with Danny Granger, but Hill is picking up the pieces left by Granger.

He brings a calmness out there that’s hard to find in those point guard. He’s not the guy that’s going to rah rah a lot, but will get in your face if need be.  He’s that guy who’s not afraid to take a big shot.  That’s something the Pacers miss without Granger.  But Hill has stepped up and hit  a late game three or shot to win a game.  Right now he’s around 16 points a game for the month of December, and always seems to be in double figures for scoring.

His passing has improved a lot as well with his assists total going up at times.  He’s right around 5 assists a game, and that could be more if guys hit their open shots.  He looks for those guys to hit an open look.  But at the same time, he knows when to get in the lane and get a basket for the team.

This is why he’s such a vital part of the Pacers. It’s great to have a hometown hero as well, someone who played high school and college basketball right in Indianapolis. He’s a guy that fans can latch on to as their own.  He’s quiet, but his actions on the court speak for themselves. Isn’t that what fans around here what the most?

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