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2013 NBA Draft – #23: Solomon Hill
Posted By Joel Brigham On June 27, 2013 @ 10:39 pm In Main Page,NBA Draft | No Comments
In one of the most surprising picks of the first round, the Indiana Pacers selected University of Arizona forward Solomon Hill with the 23rd pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, Pacers center Roy Hibbert tweeted that he didn’t understand why more teams didn’t draft proven four-year college players rather than youngsters that haven’t proven anything, which indicates that Hibbert very likely will be happy with his new teammate, a four-year player from one of college basketball’s most respected hoops programs.
While Hill isn’t an explosive, athletic small forward like, say, Paul George, he’s a very steady all-around player. He can score inside and outside, knocking down 42% of his three-pointers last year in Arizona. He’s worked very hard every offseason to bulk up and improve his game, even switching over from part-time power forward as a junior to full-time small forward in his last year with the Wildcats.
From a positional standpoint, the selection is a little curious since most experts had Indiana pegged as needing either a backup point guard or some frontcourt help, but with most of the attractive names in those roles already off the board, the Pacers went with a guy that has a very high floor. Despite the fact that he is a small forward, this doesn’t ensure the end of the Danny Granger Era in Indiana. Hill is a rotation guy, not a starter, but as college senior coming to Indy with plenty of experience, he’s likely to make Hibbert (and the rest of the organization) pretty happy with what should be a very solid role player for them next season.
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