With any draft of any sport, the first question to ask is where does this guy fit? And that’s the question I have for Solomon Hill, a name I hadn’t seen in the mock drafts I checked out, so much for those mock drafts. But the Pacers’ front office sees something in this guy, so I will go with that. I’ve heard he’s like a Draymond Green type player, but if you want Draymond Green, you could have got him last year as he was right there available for the Indiana Pacers. So I am not sure where Hill will fit.
The only thing I can think is Hill will be around to develop some if you move Danny Granger. There’s already plenty of speculation on that end, and drafting a small forward when you have Paul George, Danny Granger, Sam Young, and even Gerald Green all playing that position at some point does lead to questions. Hill is a guy that did improve his shot each season, so maybe the Pacers like this guy that will work hard to improve his game, and there won’t be the urgency to play him.
That could be another reason why the Pacers draft Hill. He can work hard behind the scenes, and in some garbage time, show what his potential is. I know this was a weak draft, so the Pacers wouldn’t hit any home runs with the later draft pick, so I will be interested to see what this guy can do for the Indiana Pacers. According to Hoops World, his NBA comparison is Marcus Morris/Lamar Odom. Odom was definitely a good pick up in his early career, so if Hill can develop into that, then the Pacers will look great for picking him.
I think for the most part, he’ll just have to sit behind Granger and Young, and bid his time. With the way the Pacers are constructed now, that’s fine. They still need to address issues with the bench, but at least the draft is over, and now time to focus on that step.