George Hill: It wasn’t easy being the ‘hometown hero’ with Pacers
It’s not always easy coming home.
Hill was born in Indianapolis and played his college ball at IUPUI. He’d be returning home to play for the Pacers.
But it’s not always that easy coming home.
It wasn’t easy being the “Hometown hero” for five years with the Pacers. People come out of the woodworks with requests, he often served as a team spokesman when things weren’t going well, and he was one many were quick to blame for shortcomings.
Yet publicly, he refused to complain about his limited role and lack of touches. And when the Pacers needed him more than ever during the 2014-15 season, as star Paul George missed 76 games due to the compound fracture injury, Hill averaged career highs 16.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.2 points per game.
Hill will be remembered most as the guy the Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard, who is now an annual MVP candidate. It’s unfair for Hill, who spent some good years with the Spurs and then with the Pacers.
Now, heading to the Utah Jazz, maybe Hill’s best NBA days are ahead of him. The Jazz are being picked by many to improve greatly in the Western Conference. They were in need of a point guard and Hill may be able to give them a big boost in that position.