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Hill Makes Waves, Spurs Still Afloat

Move over big three, it is time to add one more. George Hill, a startlingly average player last year, has blossomed into a true heavyweight this season, and in the past year I have begun to see just exactly what the 6’ 2 combo guard out of IUPUI is capable of, and I have to say (with minimal exception) he has not disappointed.

After watching him in his rookie year, I have to say, part of me honestly thought that the front office geniuses, those same people who helped make the Spurs into a title contender after decades of languishing in relative obscurity, might have made a serious mistake in selecting the relatively obscure IUPUI standout. Back then Hill seemed tentative, intimidated, perhaps unwilling or unable to get over the glamour of playing for the big boys in the NBA. This was a George Hill who generally sat and watched from the sidelines (having only notched 16 minutes per game in his first season) as the reliable core of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili did all of the heavy lifting. But that was then. Now that tentative, star-struck rookie has blossomed into one of the hardest hitting sophomores in the league, prompting many, including myself, to think of him as a serious contender for the NBA’s Most Improved award and putting to rest any lingering second thoughts about his abilities to compete seriously in the league.

Tonight especially, Hill proved he had the gumption to be not only a consistent offensive nightmare, putting up a new career high of thirty points, but also a nagging defender, dragging in a career high five steals to accent his incredible scoring. Truly, this is a player who is proving night in and night out that he can not only hang with the big boys, but can beat them as well. Don’t get me wrong, Hill still has a good bit of growing to do before he is ready to be a superstar, but if he continues this pace it won’t be long before the big three includes #3.

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