With the 23rd pick of tonight’s NBA Draft, the Indiana Pacers have selected Solomon Hill out of Arizona. Now for the collective, who? So I will do the honors of using Draft Express to give you the highlights of what I think he is all about, and tomorrow, we’ll look deeper into what he can do for the team.
A liability from the perimeter as a freshman, making just 4 of his 18 attempts from beyond the arc, Hill has improved his range in each of his seasons in Tucson. Shooting the three at a 42% clip this year, on nearly four attempts per game, the senior has turned a weakness into a strength by incrementally improving his footwork, mechanics, and confidence year-by-year. Hill’s set shot has become his most prominent weapon on the offensive end and a significant part of his value proposition from a NBA perspective.
Spending more time on the perimeter, Hill has seen his rebounding numbers dip to 6.7 rebounds per-40 minutes pace adjusted this season (down from 9.7 per-40 pace adjusted last year), thanks in large part to the presence of Arizona’s freshmen big men. He remains a very solid rebounder, however, showing a willingness to box out and scrap for loose balls in the paint.
Bridging the gap between Arizona’s explosive, sometimes erratic backcourt and its stable of highly touted young big men,Solomon Hillhas provided maturity, leadership, and consistent production for the Wildcats. A versatile forward who has played a variety of roles over his four year collegiate career, Hill has settled in as the team’s starting small forward, establishing himself as arguably their most valuable player, while showing improvement in a number of areas with implications on his NBA draft stock.
Just using those big three factors into his game, it looks like he could be a nice fit into the Pacers. I don’t think he’ll see much playing time this season anyways, unless the need is there. So learning under Paul George and Danny Granger how to truly play the small forward position is great for Hill.