While I am thrilled the Pacers selected a great character guy who will hustle, play hard nosed D, and do whatever it takes to win... there is a reason the guy was projected by most as a late second round pick if he was drafted at all. At 6'7" you would expect him to be a prototypical wing, but until his senior year, he spent a lot of his time down low. Hill took more 3 point shots in his senior season than he did the other 3 years combined. While Hill is credited for being a good defender, a lot of scouts questioned his lateral quickness to guard quicker wings, but he is too small to drop into the post and cover tradition power forwards. While he did a little of everything at Arizona, finishing in the top 3 of assists, points and rebounds per game, he was never a 20 point a night guy. One thing that I will say I really like is the guy is a gym rat. He worked on his game constantly at Arizona, and he spent a good deal of time each season watching film and adjusting his game to make himself better and more difficult to stop the following season.
All that said, what we are likely to see from Hill is a good role play, which is nothing to scoff at, but not what we needed. The Pacers defense was successful do to their size, length and quickness, all of which Hill is lacking just a little. At 23, Hill also doesn't have as long to develop, compared to a 19 or 20 year old prospect, where if they don't help for a couple of year its alright, Hill really needs to step in and contribute soon. While I am not thrilled with this pick, I will give this pick a C for the Pacers, mainly because a lot of the same things were said about Draymond Green of Michigan State last year, and he was a key guy off the bench for Golden State this year... that, and it wasn't Miles Plumlee.
With the 53 pick in the NBA draft, the Pacers select... money. The Pacers made a pick and traded it to the Celtics for cash. Love it or hate it, that's what the second round means to the Pacers. Again, I am disappointed with this pick. The last 2 times the Pacers have selected a player in the 2nd round... its worked out pretty well. The Pacers got Lance Stephenson a few years ago, and while that has been a very up and down ride, Stephenson was huge to the Pacers this year, particularly in the playoffs. Last year the Pacers picked up Orlando Johnson (A.K.A. the Pulp), who was good for the Pacers bench last year when Gerald Green proved to be a bust. I would have liked to see the Pacers get something more than money out of this pick. If they thought the guy they wanted would be available as an undrafted free agent, then at least get the right to switch 2nd round picks with the Celtics in the future (Boston is going to be bad for a couple of years, so get a better 2nd rounder in the future). Alas, we got cash, so at least we got something for it. Grade: D, because this still may be better than Miles Plumlee.
Overall I will give the Pacers a C- and that is probably being generous. The Pacers still don't have a back up point guard, a pure scorer for the bench, or someone who can replace Tyler Hansborough as David West's backup, AND, they now have less money to work with before entering the Luxury Tax, and all the complications that come with that.
Thanks for reading,
-T.O. signing out
P.S. For those you who are interested in the Brazil World Cup fiasco, after tear gas flooded into the stadium during the Confederations Cup final, FIFA officials announced yesterday that referees would suspend matches if this were to happen during the World Cup. This is really turning into a nightmare for FIFA because fans and players alike do not want matches suspended. FIFA also definitely doesn't want anyone in the stadiums breathing tear gas... for obvious reasons. We shall see how this one turns out. If you missed the original post on the World Cup protests you can read it here.