First this isn't to suggest DC is or isn't doing his job. This is not suggesting George Hill isn't doing his job. It's too early anyways!!
What I am asking if their rolls could be or should be changed for the betterment of the team? I think if they did swap rolls it is important to note that it'd be virtually impossible to be a sort of demotion for DC. I think you're going to have a guard coming off the bench playing heavy minutes. So it's not as if you'd be sending a message to DC, "Hey you failed."
The emphasis is important. I think if we all look at this the right way we'll get a better answer to the question. For instance, a good question to ask ourselves as we discuss this is,
"Would Darren Collison be much more effective playing with the second unit where he wouldn't be having to defend starting two guards/point guards?"
"Can DC play off the bench next to Lance Stephenson?"
"Would George Hill play better in the starting unit?"
"Will the team improve if the swapped rolls?"
Again, I know it's too early to tell what kind of production we're going to get from players all season, but I figured as we're starting to get a feel of the players that we could start the discussion and let it evolve.
This what leads me to ask in the first place: defensively George Hill is just far superior to DC. We'd have the best defensive frontcourt in the NBA. Easily. On top of this, it might actually be helpful for DC as well! Off the bench DC would have the opportunity instead of defending guards that can really just beat him up= he is playing against bench players, and then with the second unit DC would be able to attack as much as he wanted to on offense or try to work on developing PnR game with Tyler.
Also, in doing a little research I found out that a lot of Spurs fans that either A. thought George Hill would take over the PG position over Tony Parker this season, or B. George Hill eventually would start on down the line, just not immediately. So as many on this board have high opinions of Tony Parker, keep in mind that Spurs fans were asking if Hill should start of Tony Parker, someone who is superior to Darren Collison.
So we'll let this discussion evolve over the season and see how it plays out.
My quick thoughts on the subject:
* From sort of a technical aspect I think it can happen. Just so we don't get derailed by, "But Hill plays 2 guard too, so he has to on the bench to be backup 2 guard." I don't see any reason why DC couldn't do the same, and DC might just excel in that role.
* There is no question the team as a defensive unit would improve. Hill can flat out play D much better than I remember him ever playing
*The style of offense that the Pacers would play would have to evolve I think, but I don't think there is a question that you can start a "combo guard" at two, or someone who plays like Hill at PG. Many teams to do that, so I wonder if it would be the right thing to do.
*Hill would be playing probably 35 minutes a night at PG instead of 30 swapping between PG/SG
*DC would play 25-30 playing off guard on offense when Lance was in the game.