Jordan Hill Looks to Climb Up the L.A. Lakers Rotation

Tim HarveyCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

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Who would have thought that one day Jordan would play alongside Kobe?

Well, that eventually happened when Lakers coach Mike Brown finally gave Jordan Hill some burn during L.A.'s massive, double-overtime win against the Western Conference and league favorite Oklahoma City Thunder and burn did he.

Hot like fire, Jordan shone so brightly, hustling hard with an aggressive double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds and showing along with young stud Devin Ebanks just how good he is no matter the time or team. The kind of big numbers that show that this kid could be another weapon for the versatile and loaded Lake Show if he performs like this most nights.

These numbers were produced in the spare change of extended bench minutes. Can you imagine how much more he could produce with greater minutes?

Hill's raw talent could soar and propel further. From the fresh locks to the high socks, he could give the Lakers a Renaldo Balkman-type dirty work, garbage rim-collecting, enthusiastic energy player. A guy this team has sorely missed since Ronny Turiaf danced away from the Staples Center bench.

Like his surname, Jordan could be another Tyrone Hill-type power forward, slight in build, but strong in heart and basketball smarts.

From being another big body off the bench to joining Josh McRoberts' lay-up line spark of plugging some dunks to energize and pick up his team and fans while Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol take a seat.

Jordan Hill could soon get a standing ovation as a fan favorite. Not only that, he could also be a surprise X-factor for those opponents who play the Lakers and fail to realize at first just how good he could be.

Let's just hope the Lakers utilize him the right way come next week after breaking him into the big time this past weekend. If not, it'll be Los Angeles, not Houston with a problem.

The Lakers have a different, outstanding option and power player here primed for the playoffs. One that could really tie some of the squad's weakest links together before stronger teams wave them goodbye.

After all, what did they trade Derek Fisher for?