I don’t feel like I should have to defend George Hill and his ability to play the point guard position, but I will. I believe that with this team, he’s the best guy for that position. I know he’s not a “legit” point guard as shooting guard was his natural position. But look at what I said there, WAS. I believe that Hill has stepped up into this role of “true” point guard if you want to say that. I think you could look over the years of the Pacers and see how they were fine without an elite point guard. Just as long as that point guard can work the floor and hold their own during the game is what’s expected.
Even in the grand scheme of the NBA, how many teams have those elite point guards that could carry their teams? I know that Hill has some areas that he could improve in, but at the same time, his good outweighs that. You look at how Hill is able to move the ball up and down the floor with confidence as a great sign of things. He can also look for himself thanks to that shooting guard mentality. Maybe this is the season, where he looks to be more aggressive at times as I feel like that could help him and the team out. I’d like to see more double figure games from him consistently.
He’s a shot maker as well, someone who can hit that shot that you need late in the game. That would be an area I’d like to see more of from him. But at the same time, getting the other guys involved is just part of the job. Assists are where Hill does a much better job than the point guards of the past for this team. If you really want to make an argument, who would you say has been the last point guard for this team that’s felt like one of those true point guards? Mark Jackson? And that’s going back to the 90s. Travis Best? Haywoode Workman? Vern Fleming? I’m definitely showing my age and knowledge of this team as I can only name those point guards from the 90s when my interest really started for this team.
The Pacers just haven’t ever had that great point guard, and I think it’s one of those positions, where they might not ever have. I do believe strongly in George Hill, and know he’s going to do what he can for this team. If he can improve on the defensive end, an area where I did think he would be better, that would be great. He’s going to be that guy that you can look to as a leader for this team, and I’m fine with his play for the Blue and Gold in his time here.