Point guard George Hill is still seen by many as a piece the San Antonio Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard, but he has developed into a solid scoring option in the backcourt since entering the league in 2008.
The Utah Jazz reportedly acquired Hill on Wednesday in a three-team deal with the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers, with Jeff Teague going from the Hawks to the Pacers, per The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore. According to Wojnarowski, Utah is trading the 12th overall draft pick in 2016 to Atlanta.
Synergy Sports Tech gave Jazz fans an idea of Hill's overall game:
According to Deseret News' Jody Genessy, Hill is looking forward to playing in Utah:
Jazz radio announcer David Locke believes the 30-year-old would be a nice addition to Utah's backcourt:
CBSSports.com's Sam Vecenie added that Hill also fits well into the Jazz's overall game plan:
Chris Towers of CBSSports.com likes how Utah's starting five is shaping up for 2016-17:
The trade continues what has already been an unpredictable offseason for the Pacers. Indiana let Frank Vogel go after he struggled to bring a more uptempo style to the team. His replacement, Nate McMillan, was a similarly defense-first head coach during his stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trail Blazers.
FanSided's Ian Levy is skeptical as to whether team president Larry Bird is improving the team:
The Cauldron's Nate Duncan also thinks Utah is getting the better end of the trade:
The Indianapolis Star's Gregg Doyel, on the other hand, is sold:
For ESPN.com's Zach Lowe, the trade is the end of an era in Indiana:
The idea of the Pacers trading Hill is nothing new, as he was the subject of trade rumors during the 2015-16 season when Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reported in February the team "made inquiries and have dangled guard [Hill] as a possible swap" for Teague.
Despite Indiana's rumored willingness to part with him, Hill would be a formidable piece on any contender. The Spurs selected him in the first round of the 2008 draft, and he played there for three seasons before they traded him to the Pacers for Leonard in 2011.
Hill turned the corner in 2014-15 and averaged 16.1 points and 5.1 assists, which were both career highs. However, he played only 43 games because of injuries. He remained relatively healthy in 2015-16, posting 12.1 points and 3.5 assists per game in 74 contests.
Hill is a dangerous threat from three-point range and shot a career-best 40.8 percent from beyond the arc last season. He also possesses explosiveness to get to the basket and either finish at the rim or set up his teammates when opposing defenses collapse.
On the other side of the ball, Hill is a solid perimeter defender. He has the lateral quickness to keep up with most ball-handlers and the length at 6’3” to bother outside shooters. According to NBA.com, opponents shot 3.2 percent worse than their normal averages when Hill guarded them in 2014-15 and 0.8 percent worse in 2015-16.
Perhaps the best thing about acquiring Hill is his postseason experience. He has played in the playoffs every season of his career except 2014-15 and has 75 total postseason games on his resume.
He has averaged 12.8 points per night in the playoffs and will not be intimidated by any pressure-packed moment for his new squad as a potential postseason contender in 2016-17.
The Jazz are a relatively young team, but they should have playoff aspirations. Before Wednesday, point guard was a problem area, at least for the short term. Dante Exum has a bright future, but he missed his entire sophomore season with a torn ACL.
Hill is only signed through the 2016-17 season, so he may be more of a stopgap for Utah. Even if that's the case, having Hill for a year will allow the Jazz to take some pressure off Exum as he gets back into the swing of things. This time next summer, the 20-year-old should be in a much better position to start at point guard.