When the Philadelphia 76ers traded four second-round picks and a trio of bench players for George Hill – and an eventually-waived Ignas Brazdeikis – it felt like a pretty good start to Daryl Morey’s first trade deadline as the team’s President of Basketball Operations. “He’s been great at our shootarounds. He’s standing literally like one of the coaches. He’s absorbing; he’s actually making points defensively to some of our young guys, so he’s absorbing a lot.”
Were these words, initially reported by Sixers Wire’s Ky Carlin and others on April 6th, particularly mind-easing? I guess that depends on who you ask, but considering the Sixers were in the middle of a particularly tough stretch of games where the team went 4-3 in Hills absence, his return to the court – and debut in a Phila uniform – was incredibly anticipated.
Even if fans of Philly’s finest are only afforded the occasional glimpse of the player Hill once was, usually, in the form of a sick dunk or a deceptively dished dime, he’s unquestionably worth every bit of four second-round pick, and Tony Bradley, who has actually played fairly well as a backup big with the Thunder thus far. While Hill has a few impressive accomplishments as a pro, including leading the NBA in 3 point shooting percentage, playing in the NBA finals, and being traded straight up for Kawhi Leonard, he’s not headed to the Hall of Fame and won’t be remembered as much more than a great contributor who did whatever his team needed to secure the dub.