Solomon Hill impressed coaches with leadership to secure Grizzlies’ final roster spot
Veteran forward Solomon Hill has secured what looks like the final roster spot for the Memphis Grizzlies this season.
According to Michael Wallace of Grizzlies.com, Hill reportedly pleased coaches with his leadership and positive influence on their young players. Likewise, Hill fits in nicely as a 3-and-D guy on new head coach Taylor Jenkins’ system.
Hearing vet Solomon Hill impressed coaches & execs on court & behind scenes in preseason to secure what was likely @memgrizz final roster spot amid today's crunch. Hill's defense/versatility and 42.9% on 3s fit Jenkins' system. Calming influence on key young guys also stood out. pic.twitter.com/stEEw4sC7S
— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) October 19, 2019
The Grizzlies acquired the 28-year old swingman along with Miles Plumlee from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the often-injured Chandler Parsons. Hill currently has one year remaining (worth $12.8 million) on the four-year, $48-million deal he signed with the Pelicans in 2016.
Hill has struggled with injuries over the past two seasons, but it seems like he will enter the 2019-20 season with a clean health bill. The question remains, however, if he can stay healthy for the entire campaign.
The 6-foot-7 forward may see some minutes off the bench for Memphis this season. As mentioned, his ability to hit the long ball paired with his gritty defense and hustle can be a valuable asset for the Grizzlies, especially in influencing the young guys to play hard.
For the most part, Hill will probably serve as a mentor, and it seems like he has already embraced that role in the preseason. This will be a season for development for the Grizzlies, so a veteran and locker room leader like Hill will be invaluable for them.
The Grizzlies are ushering in a new era with an intriguing pairing of studs in Ja Morant, this year’s second overall pick, and Jaren Jackson Jr., the fourth overall selection from a year ago.