A change in the lineup once Hill returns?
11:43 PM, Feb. 19, 2012 | Written by Mike Wells | 4 Comments
I came into the season thinking that George Hill would be the Pacers starting point guard by the first week of February.
Hill definitely had an impact by the first week of February, it’s just too bad it’s because he was in a walking boot due to a chip fracture in his left ankle.
So I quit thinking about Hill being the starting point guard.
That was until Sunday when Frank Vogel (without being asked) mentioned that Hill will challenge Darren Collison and Paul George (I can’t see PG moving to the bench) for their starting spots once he returns to the lineup, which could be as early as Tuesday against the New Orleans Hornets.
“Quite honestly as good as D.C. and Paul have been playing, George is going to be a guy who continues to push for those starting jobs,” Vogel said. “He’s that good of a player and we’re looking forward to him getting back.”
What are your thoughts, would you like to see Hill starting at the point and Collison coming off the bench?
I don’t think that would be a bad move.
I think teaming Collison and Tyler Hansbrough together in the second unit will be a positive for Hansbrough because they’re familiar with each other and it should help him get out of his season-long shooting funk (38 percent shooting). Collison and Hansbrough were effective in running the pick-and-roll together last season.
Hill hasn’t played a lot of point guard with the starters this season, but he should be able to make the transition, especially since he started at the point some when Tony Parker was injured while with the Spurs.
Vogel doesn’t have to make the switch right away because Hill will likely be rusty when he returns, but doing it at some point could pay off down the road.
Indianapolis Star/Mike Wells
That would definitely take care of the point guard defense, and he would force more turnovers causing us to go on the break... I'd like the move, but I'm not a huge fan of Collison as the starting point guard so I might be a bit biased here.