Oct 19, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel yells out a play against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Solomon Hill Sent to D-League

Per a release from the Indiana Pacers, Solomon Hill has been sent to Fort Wayne to develop his game.

Hill, the Pacers’ first-round draft pick out of Arizona, began the season as one of the wing players in Frank Vogel’s rotation off the bench. In 16 games thus far for Indiana, Hill averaged 9 minutes, 1.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

Orlando Johnson had recently replaced Hill in the rotation as did Rasual Butler. Hill was not seeing much action in the month of December because of his inexperience. Johnson and Butler provided more experience and scoring off the Indiana bench, albeit Hill did show signs of progression and improvement.

Minutes have become even more difficult to come by recently for Hill, Johnson and Butler. That is due to veteran Danny Granger returning from a strained calf. Vogel stated Granger would get “all of the wing minutes” upon his return.

As a result, and with Hill being the only rookie on the team, Vogel sent the young forward to Fort Wayne to play for the Mad Ants in the NBA Developmental League. Vogel likes the D-League and uses it to his and his players’ advantage to help in their improvement and confidence. Injuries and transactions can always factor into a player returning to his respective NBA team later in the season.

Hill scored 19 points in his NBADL debut. That’s a good sign for Indiana Pacers fans looking forward. It is always important for a professional player to see consistent play on the hardwood.

Last season, Vogel used the D-League substantially with former Pacer Miles Plumlee and Johnson. The two said it was very beneficial to their games and they relished in the opportunity to get on the floor.

Hill said it is simply a chance to get better. Indiana will look forward to having him back with the team at some point during the season.

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