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Philadelphia 76ers: George Hill’s debut was quietly encouraging

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George Hill has played 22,129 minutes in the NBA, plus an additional 4,063 more if you count the playoffs.

He’s been on good teams and bad, played with the starters and came off the bench, and even filled a role similar to Tyrese Maxey in 2022 during his debut NBA season back in 2008-09.

So, to judge Hill off of his first 18 minutes back from thumb surgery would be foolish, right? Well, those 18 minutes just so happened to be his first as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, so pardon me if they don’t hold a tad more weight than any other run-of-the-mill Monday night romp.

While Hill wasn’t able to anchor the unit alongside fellow basketball oldhead Howard, at least not from a scoring standpoint, his ability to keep the ball moving, keep the defense honest, and drive to the basket to create shots for himself and others helped to keep the Sixers competing when they usually falter. Seth Curry showed out well, as did Matisse Thybulle, but most encouraging of all, George Hill went from a rusty work in progress to an end of game closer all over the span of 18 quietly encouraging minutes.

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