Hill Yeah: George Hill Helps San Antonio Spurs Pick Up Pace and Keep It There

December 6th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Not long ago, the San Antonio Spurs brass wanted to add another athletic Frenchman to the veteran mix. The fallback, or the first option, as some would have you believe, was a 6'2" kid from a no-name university with a freakish wingspan.

When Nicolas Batum was removed from the board one pick earlier, the Spurs threw support behind IUPUI product George Hill. There's nothing wrong with the fine school, but few not plugged in to college hoops in Indiana had ever heard of it.

Gregg Popovich said all the right things. He praised Hill's defensive aptitude and promised him a significant rotation role. He told a confused throng of Spurs fans that Hill would "contribute immediately."

The rest of his rocky San Antonio start—how he misfired in the Vegas Summer League, or how a high school kid dominated him in a scrimmage—does not need to be told again. He rises from embarrassment as well as anyone the Spurs have drafted.

The next chapter of Hill's story, though, merits attention. The Spurs thrashed and swatted the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday 109-94 to match the best 20-game start in franchise history. A 17-3 ...

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