I agree totally, with Hill at starting PG next year we have a chance to be one of the top defensive teams in East!That was what Larry Bird said to Bob Kravitz after the conclusion of the Chicago series. I've said for several months now that the Pacers' biggest position of need was point guard. Perhaps Bird agrees and believes this to be the case. This is the second year in a row he's made a big move to acquire one.
Without a shred of doubt, George Hill makes us better, both for the short term and the long term. As of this morning, he is the best point guard on the roster. My guess is he'll outplay Darren Collison in camp and earn his spot as the new starter. It may be a fair statement to say that he is actually a 6' 2" shooting guard. That's probably his most natural position. However, Collison started every game he played in last year at point guard, and he's essentially nothing more than a 6' 0" shooting guard either.
Hill has mostly played off the ball in San Antonio. He hasn't been afforded the opportunity to be a playmaker, and his career assist numbers show that. However, I don't think there is much to lose in that area considering what we got out of Collison last year. Where Hill makes us better isn't on the offensive end. The difference offensively between Hill and Collison, is not enough to make a case for either player.
Defensively, it isn't even a contest. Hill is one of the better defending guards in the league. He can defend both guard positions, and will make life easier on all the players behind him. Containing dribble penetration was the Achilles' heel of the Pacers defense last season, and that started with Collison. Hopefully playing with a back court of Hill and Paul George will be enough to convince Danny Granger that it's a worthwhile endeavor to defend again.
Provided he signs a long term contract and stays, he especially makes us better in the long run. He might develop into the future starting point guard, or perhaps we'd be better off finding a true point guard to start, while using him as a defensive stopper/scoring guard off the bench. I can see him working out in either fashion.
What really matters is, the Pacers got a better player in George Hill than they could have gotten with the 15th pick or 42nd pick, or that Euro guy. This trade feels like a win for everybody. The Spurs got fair value for a guy they really like, but probably would have had a hard time signing. The Pacers got a guy they needed, and that is happy to be playing in Indy again. George Hill gets to come home and further strengthen a solid core of youth that has the chance to develop into one of the better teams in the conference.
It really doesn't matter whether he is the starting point guard, or the first guard off the bench playing big minutes. This trade makes us better. Well done Larry.