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Jordan Hill to Have Better Rookie Year Than Blake Griffin

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Jordan Hill #43 of the Arizona Wildcats fights for a rebound against Terrence Williams #1 of the Louisville Cardinals  during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Joseph BosaCorrespondent IMay 25, 2009

Now, I know what you're thinking:

"There is no way that Hill is better than Griffin!"

I actually agree; in my mind, Griffin is the better prospect. But Blake is already for sure going to be a Clipper, in that situation with that team, I can't see him succeeding. They have to many polished big men in L.A.; Zach Randolph really played well last year, averaging a not-too-shabby 21 PPG.

Griffin will get pushed around the depth chart in Los Angeles and probably won't get as much playing time as Jordan Hill does wherever he goes.

Lets look at Hill's possible landing spots:

  1. Sacramento Kings: If Rubio isn't available at the Kings' slot (fourth overall), then Sacramento may be forced to select Hill due to draft value. In my mind, Jordan can easily fend off Jason Thompson on the depth chart. He would get plenty of playing time here and have the opportunity to be very successful. 
  2. Washington Wizards: If Hill lands in the nation's capital, then the Wizards will more than likely try to deal Antawn Jamison. In D.C., Jordan starts immediately and gets a lot of playing time.
  3. Toronto Raptors: This is a dream selection for the Raptors: If they get Hill, then they can deal Chris Bosh and get something for him before he leaves in free agency. All indications are that Hill will start and receive plenty of burn.

I'm not trying to say that Hill is more talented than Griffin, but I can almost guarantee that Hill will have a better rookie year than Blake. Griffin will land in L.A. and won't do anything spectacular for a year or two because of their depth at the PF position.

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