Draft Position: No. 23
Projected Range: No. 45 to No. 60
Position: Small Forward
Height and Weight: 6'7", 226 pounds (6'9" wingspan)
2012-13 Season Averages
19.90 PER, 13.4 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.0% 3PT
Some diehard college basketball fans saw this pick and took their hat off to the Indiana Pacers for doing their homework. Others looked around and asked who it was that the Pacers just chose to select at No. 23.
One way or another, this ended up being the most surprising selection of the night—you know, if you can get by the pair of top-five draft picks that took the world by storm.
Solomon Hill is one of the most versatile players in this draft class, bearing many similarities to productive Golden State Warriors rookie Draymond Green. While he's not quite as powerful as Green, Hill knows how to use his body to get the job done.
Whether he's shooting the three-ball at 39 percent, boxing his man out down low for a rebound or facilitating the offense, Hill has his hand in everything.
For the Pacers, Hill is the type of player who can help turn around a bench that was 29th in scoring and defensive efficiency. Not only can he serve as a quality reserve behind Paul George, but he could become a sixth man.
Indiana wouldn't pick him at No. 23 if it didn't see something special, and if you've watched him play, you love the upside. It's just about 25 picks sooner than most expected him to come off the board.