Grant Hill, F to GF
Is listed as a forward almost everywhere but is slated to be the starting SG for the Magic on opening night joining starters Jameer Nelson at PG, Hedo Turkoglu at SF, Dwight Howard at PF, and Tony Battie at C. Should continue to see time at SF too, as the Magic will use lineup rotations on the wings that include Turkoglu, Trevor Ariza, and Hill at the SF spot, and Hill, Keith Bogans, Keyon Dooling, and rookie JJ Redick at the SG spot throughout the season. Started 2 games at SF, 2 games at SG in pre-season:
10/10 Magic vs Bobcats: starter at small forward
10/13 Magic vs Hornets: starter at small forward
10/24 Magic vs Heat: starter at shooting guard
10/26 Magic vs Rockets: starter at shooting guard
Articles about Hill getting playing time at SF and SG:
Fantasy Team Preview: Orlando Magic
By Chris Cates, TalentedMrRoto.com
October 8, 2006
"KEY BENCH POSITIONS / POSITION BATTLES
- Shooting Guard and Small Forward minutes Ė As of this moment, Hedo Turkoglu is listed as the starter and Grant Hill the backup at small forward. However, Hill recently started in a scrimmage and looked great, and all word out of Orlando is that the ankle is just fine. Turkís minutes and points per game have both increased in each of the last four years, while Hillís have fluctuated like crazy, a healthy Hill still trumps a healthy Turkoglu despite the age. Hill has the injury issues so his production will likely be based on his health Ė and thereís no surer thing than a lack of health in his case. But at least in the early going, expect Hill to see startersí minutes from his time between shooting guard and small forward, even if he ends up coming off the bench. I expect J.J. Redick to start at the two, but recent reports suggest Hill could start there. I love the perimeter shooting Redick brings to the table, but with guys like Turkoglu and Nelson already having threes nailed down in the starting lineup, Redick could potentially be brought in off the bench as the sixth man. Also working his way into the mix here is swingman Trevor Ariza. Heís extremely athletic, and at 6-8 he creates matchup problems no matter where heís playing. Heís the least likely to start of the four, and will likely spend the season as a spark off the bench, but donít sleep on him. What I think and what I expect here differ: In my opinion, Redick and Hill should be starting, with Turkoglu coming off the bench. However, I expect the Magic to give Turk the nod over Hill at small forward. It likely wonít matter, though, as their minutes will be very similar Ė expect around 30 per game from each. Donít let the uncertainty hamper your view of them."
Milicic out; Magic want review
Brian Schmitz, Sentinel Staff Writer
October 19, 2006
- "[Magic Coach Brian] Hill said he probably would give shooting guard Grant Hill another night off. He didn't play against the Hawks on Tuesday. Grant Hill is not injured. The coach is more concerned about saving preseason wear-and-tear on the 34-year-old veteran."
Magic take cautious approach with Hill
John Denton, Florida Today
October 22, 2006
- "If it was up to me, you know I'd be playing," Hill said. "I feel good. But I've felt good before. Maybe I'm smarter now, and by not playing a couple of the preseason games we're looking at the big picture."
Keyon Dooling started at shooting guard in the place of Hill Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer
October 23, 2006
- "Coach Brian Hill said he will play shooting guard Grant Hill in the team's final two preseason games."