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George Hill to Start at Point Guard for Remainder of the Season
George Hill has been playing solid starting at point guard since he has filled in for Darren Collison, who has been out with a groin injury.
Due to his strong performance this past week, Hill has been named starter for the remainder of the season even when Collison returns, according to the Pacers:
Coach Vogel announced today that George Hill will remain the starter at point guard. Darren Collison will come off the bench when healthy.
Vogel was also quoted saying during the press conference that both DC and Hill are “top ten point guards,” and that it’s “a good problem to have.” Both players are capable of being a starter on several NBA teams.
I don’t blame Indy for making the move. I think it was the right one, when you consider seeing how Hill has been doing.
Overall, since he has filled in for the starting role, the Pacers haven’t lost a game, going 7-0 as they look to lock up the third seed. They currently have a 42-22 record after outlasting the Milwaukee Bucks, where Hill scored a season-high 22 points.
Hill has also been averaging 15.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game along with 46% shooting from the field.
With the decision, DC will now be coming off the bench. Here at Eight Points Nine Seconds, we’ve discussed the situation before of Hill possibly starting for team. Many folks in the comments said to stick with DC, but judging by the recent play, some may just change their minds.
I think with Collison on the bench, the B team can be a little more smooth since DC and Tyler Hansbrough mesh together more than he does with Hill. Both have also done better with pick-and-rolls.