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George Hill is not the only Pacer who is being asked to do too much.
The Danny Granger conundrum is finally coming to a head for the Indiana Pacers.
For all the Pacers' success last season, there were long-term concerns that Granger could not be the best player on a championship contender. Now he is out up to three months with a knee injury, and Indiana has been untimely forced into a post-Granger future.
Paul George has the potential to be a future star, but his offensive game still needs work. In 36.7 minutes per game, George is averaging 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and has a 38.5 field-goal percentage. If people thought Granger might not be able to be the Pacers' best player, George definitely can't do it this year.
Since Roy Hibbert has been little help this season, the burden then falls on guys like David West and George Hill to pick up the slack. Each has responded decently, averaging 14.9 points and 13.5 points per game, respectively.
On the other hand, Hill's team-best 5.0 assists per game points to an organizational problem with ball movement. The Pacers are 29th in the league in dishing out assists.
This passing phobia is not new for Indiana, which ranked second-to-last in that category last year. However, the 40.5 shooting percentage is .33 points below the Pacers' 2011-12 mark.
When you see a team shooting poorly and passing sparsely, the solution isn't just to wait for George to bloom. The Pacers need to take a page out of their defensive playbook and look to score through unselfish team play.