I am seeing something lately that I don't think I have have seen with the Pacers in a long while. You can argue that Danny is the leader of this team. You can argue Roy is a leader. You can argue David is a leader but you can also argue that this team hasn't had a true leader for years now. Maybe this is the year that Danny rallies the troops and leads us to the promise land.
Here is what I am seeing.
George Hill is quickly taking a strong hold as leader of this team. I have watched on several occasions George coaching our best players between timeouts. You can tell he is taking ownership of his position but also holding others accountable at the same time. Last night was all I needed to see to finally realize what (I think) we have been missing for so long.. George Hill does not take ***** from anyone. He will stand toe to toe with men a lot bigger than him. I thought to myself while watching him in the middle of the pushing and shoving that this is a players guy.
I don't know how we got so lucky by getting Tony Parker's protege. This guy just oozes confidence. His demeanor seems to make me believe he just knows what he doing. I might be going out on a limb here, but outside of Granger he may very well be our 2nd or 3rd most talented player on the team. We need to lock this kid up long term as our Octopus offence is taylor made for him.
With all this excitement for one player also leaves a glaring problem. We have just made our 2nd team very pedestrian. However, I would rather have a big lead and holding the opponent off than having George come in to get us back in the game.
I have been praising this kid since he got here and I am truly happy to see him finally getting a chance to shine.