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    I signed on specifically to make my eventual point... but first I'd like to say that I'm pleased to see a reasonably active Indiana Pacers board. I briefly browsed through a few threads and I am encouraged by the activity and substance. I went to pacers.com and was unable to find any MB at all. At ESPN's Pacers board, there appeared to be an average of one post per infinity.

    I am a passionate believer that this team needs a traditional pass-first Point Guard, and that George Hill is not the answer for any team that is serious about making a deep playoff run. Is he a nice 6th man, a nice bench scorer? Yes? A starting PG on a team with (hopefully) ambitious aspirations? No.

    Among qualified point gaurds, George Hill is 35th in the NBA in assists per 48 minutes. He is 19th in field-goal percentage.

    In fact, during the 6-game stretch where DJ Augustin finally got a chance at decent minutes with the starters, he proved to be an upgrade over what George Hill had been doing as a PG.

    The Pacers are 28th in the NBA in team assists. 28th! Only the Cavs and Bobcats are worse. As much as I like this team, the problem I see is that we just may be the worst passing team in the NBA. We have TOO MANY shoot-first players. I'm fine with David West and Paul George taking this role, but when guys like George Hill, Green, and even Hansborough operate as if they never realized passing was an option, then I fear we have a problem.

    What is the perhaps the last thing such a team needs? A shoot-first point guard like George Hill.

    And when Granger get back, add another shoot-first player to the list.

    I like this team at the 4 of the 5 starting positions, but I feel like George Hill gets too much of a pass, perhaps for being a local boy. For the sake of chemistry, I would like to see DJ get the starting job for awhile.

    Or how about Danny Granger for Jose Calderon? Would Toronto do it?

    We need fewer shooters and better floor generals!!!
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    Danny Granger fans going into destroy mode in 3...2...1

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    Danny Granger fans going into destroy mode in 3...2...1
    Isn't this thread more of a smack at HIll? I mean replacing Hill with Jose Calderon? Talk about an insult.

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    I would replace Hill with Calderon in a heartbeat.

    Calderon is #1, I repeat... #1, in the NBA at assist/turnover ratio.

    We need more pass-first players.

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    I would replace Hill with Calderon in a heartbeat.

    Calderon is #1, I repeat... #1, in the NBA at assist/turnover ratio.

    We need more pass-first players.
    Hill is a winner, and clutch, and vastly superior defensively. If we were still comparing Calderon and Ford, then I could see a reason to be interested in Calderon. But we've upgraded substantially to Collison first and then Hill.

    So I'd rather have Hill, who is admittedly ideal as a combo guard but capable of playing PG, over any alternative in which he's not on the court in the fourth quarter.

    While I like watching pass-first PGs, this team doesn't really need one.
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    Calderon is #1, I repeat... #1, in the NBA at assist/turnover ratio.

    We need more pass-first players.
    That is IMO a useless stat. None of the best point guards are ever in the top of that cateogry. Magic, Isiah, Stockton, Kidd, Mark Jacson, Nash were all poor in the assist to turnover. (although Stockton was pretty good). But generally the poor creating point guards are near the top in the useless IMO assist to turnovers stat

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    Isn't this thread more of a smack at HIll? I mean replacing Hill with Jose Calderon? Talk about an insult.
    Or how about Danny Granger for Jose Calderon? Would Toronto do it?
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    Danny Granger fans going into destroy mode in 3...2...1
    I look forward to it.

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    First of all, welcome to the board. We appreciate everyone's opinion, regardless of how much we agree or disagree.

    Speaking of disagree... Any trade proposal thoughts like Granger for Calderon I would strongly disagree with. I think Hill is a perfect compliment to our defensive philosophy and he is the type of facilitator we need with a post-centric offense. I don't think we need an upgrade from Hill, but moreso just more time with a full team to get used to our passing schemes. Our passing schemes aren't predicated on PG initiating. We run a lot of high picks to initiate movement and our PG moves off-ball as much as they run the offense with the ball in their hands. If we had say a Nash or Williams, we would be doing nothing but running pick and roll all day and our PG would have 10 assists per game. Instead Hill is a facilitator of the offense first and looks to score secondarily. This season, he has looked to score more than he ever has in his career out of necessity. Not because that is what we need him to be with our full roster.

    Kyrie Irving is one of the best young players in the league and his team has a terrible assist rate. There is a lot of ball dominating isolation on that team, because they have two young solid ball handlers on the perimeter. Very different ideas of basketball being played, yet they have a terrible assist rate as well. We shoot way too many three pointers to have a lot of assists from our guards. We don't penetrate the lane with dribble attacks like other teams do. We need to get our bigs touches as that is one of our biggest strengths of this roster. If you notice our bigs average way more assists than most other bigs outside of teams like Memphis who is also postcentric. Its more of a spread the wealth offense with five guys instead of a "here let our PG dominate the ball and see who gets the other touches from a collapsing defense" ytype of offense. If that made sense.

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    How is comparing Jose Calderon to George Hill an insult to Hill? So confused.

    Calderon averaging 10.8 points and 8 assists.
    Hill averaging 14.5 points and 5 assists in more minutes.

    Im not on either side but just puzzled why Hill is in another league than Calderon when he clearly is not.

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    How is comparing Jose Calderon to George Hill an insult to Hill? So confused.

    Calderon averaging 10.8 points and 8 assists.
    Hill averaging 14.5 points and 5 assists in more minutes.

    Im not on either side but just puzzled why Hill is in another league than Calderon when he clearly is not.
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    Defense for win. Pedigree for another.
    I agree with defense but do you really think Hill is in another class than Calderon? I have had a chance to watch the Raptors a little bit and I'd say Calderon is a better floor general than Hill. Positives with the negatives I guess.

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    I agree with defense but do you really think Hill is in another class than Calderon? I have had a chance to watch the Raptors a little bit and I'd say Calderon is a better floor general than Hill. Positives with the negatives I guess.
    I think their values are equal, I like both players, note that here you are not going to win that war though, Calderon is regarded as garbage around here.

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    I think their values are equal, I like both players, note that here you are not going to win that war though, Calderon is regarded as garbage around here.
    There's no war to be won, this is a message board not a battleground.

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    I agree with defense but do you really think Hill is in another class than Calderon? I have had a chance to watch the Raptors a little bit and I'd say Calderon is a better floor general than Hill. Positives with the negatives I guess.
    I know what Pop said about Hill. I have also seen how Hill delivers at the end of games. That is enough for me.

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    Defense for one. Pedigree for another.
    Not sure if Pedigree was meant to include clutch, toughness and will to win or not. Either way they are mentioned formally now.



    I've never seen so many people trying to dismantle a team just 2 games off the conference lead and at a point when they have hit a high point in wins per 10. You look at Miami's home and road records and they are both almost identical to the Pacers.

    The offense hasn't had a lot of consistent shooting from more than any one player at a time, but even with that the team looks MUCH better when Hill is playing than when he's not.

    The Pacers play a certain style that happens to be conducive to Hill getting lots of scoring and bigs like West and Hibbert getting a lot of assists.

    They also happen to be the top defensive team in the league by a fair margin. So by all means, let's see Donnie and Pritch "fix it".



    Welcome, but dang....aren't there already some "I hate Hill" threads to jump into and bump instead? It wasn't trolling but it sure was something of an inflammatory first subject.

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    I've never seen so many people trying to dismantle a team.
    Nobody is asking to dismantle the team stop making stuff up.

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    West as the 3rd best defender on the team? wow....

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    Nobody is asking to dismantle the team stop making stuff up.
    I think he meant he hasn't seen so many people posters wanting "upgrades" at so many positions for a team that's been nicked up all yr and is still 3rd in the East somehow and has been playing consistently for about a month now.

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    Nobody is asking to dismantle the team stop making stuff up.
    Trading your best wing and the guy that has been -- for all of recent history -- your leading scorer to make, at best, a minor upgrade at another position isn't dismantling?
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    How is comparing Jose Calderon to George Hill an insult to Hill? So confused.

    Calderon averaging 10.8 points and 8 assists.
    Hill averaging 14.5 points and 5 assists in more minutes.

    Im not on either side but just puzzled why Hill is in another league than Calderon when he clearly is not.
    You just posted offensive numbers. You will find the answer on the other side of the court.

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    How is comparing Jose Calderon to George Hill an insult to Hill? So confused.

    Calderon averaging 10.8 points and 8 assists.
    Hill averaging 14.5 points and 5 assists in more minutes.

    Im not on either side but just puzzled why Hill is in another league than Calderon when he clearly is not.
    You enjoy our elite defense? Because that goes to **** in a heartbeat if you insert Jose Calderon into the lineup. He can't guard anyone.

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    I signed on specifically to make my eventual point... but first I'd like to say that I'm pleased to see a reasonably active Indiana Pacers board. I briefly browsed through a few threads and I am encouraged by the activity and substance. I went to pacers.com and was unable to find any MB at all. At ESPN's Pacers board, there appeared to be an average of one post per infinity.

    I am a passionate believer that this team needs a traditional pass-first Point Guard, and that George Hill is not the answer for any team that is serious about making a deep playoff run. Is he a nice 6th man, a nice bench scorer? Yes? A starting PG on a team with (hopefully) ambitious aspirations? No.

    Among qualified point gaurds, George Hill is 35th in the NBA in assists per 48 minutes. He is 19th in field-goal percentage.

    In fact, during the 6-game stretch where DJ Augustin finally got a chance at decent minutes with the starters, he proved to be an upgrade over what George Hill had been doing as a PG.

    The Pacers are 28th in the NBA in team assists. 28th! Only the Cavs and Bobcats are worse. As much as I like this team, the problem I see is that we just may be the worst passing team in the NBA. We have TOO MANY shoot-first players. I'm fine with David West and George Hill taking this role, but when guys like George Hill, Green, and even Hansborough play like passing is never an option, then I fear we have a problem. What is the perhaps the last thing such a team needs? A shoot-first point guard like George Hill.

    And when Granger get back, add another shoot-first player to the list.

    I like this team at the 4 of the 5 starting positions, but I feel like George Hill gets too much of a pass, perhaps for being a local boy. For the sake of chemistry, I would like to see DJ get the starting job for awhile.

    Or how about Danny Granger for Jose Calderon? Would Toronto do it?

    We need fewer shooters and better floor generals!!!
    Also, in regards to our hideous offense, I think we do need more shooters.

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    This is an interesting post, because when Collinson was our point guard, I argued nearly the same thing. And I agree that George Hill is not an improvement on Collinson if we are looking solely at assists and passing. Statistically, Calderon does have more assists than George Hill.

    HOWEVER, to follow up pacergod2's point, George Hill brings something to our back court that we haven't had since maybe Travis Best / Haywoode Workman - a player with the potential to be a defensive stopper for the other team's point guard. George Hill is not as good as either of those guys strictly from a defensive standpoint, but he is a better overall player than both. George Hill fits the defensive philosophy that the starters have established, and his presence is one of the primary reasons that the team is playing historically good defense. In fact, if you replace George Hill with either Calderon or Collinson, this team is much worse defensively and while those guys might average a couple more assists a game, the overall impact on the team would be a net negative. Big time.

    The question is whether it is more important to have an excellent defensive point guard or a passing-first point guard. Very few point guards are both - their names are Gary Payton and Isiah Thomas and they are in the HOF. Great pass-first point guards like Mark Jackson and Steve Nash bring you the offensive flow, but they get destroyed by good point guards on the other team. I think George Hill is undervalued at how rarely he gets torched by the other team's point guard, particularly on dribble drive penetration. He is a very good defensive player. He gets the team into the offense. He is relatively athletic for the position. He shoots a pretty strong percentage from outside. Yes, it would be great if he averaged more assists per game, but the ball is not in his hands like it is in other offenses. I don't think George Hill is the problem.

    (And because I can't avoid the temptation to chase this rabbit trail, I think the 3-man defensive combo of Stephenson, Hill and Paul George are able to switch and chase each other's man and be quick to the ball on D better than any other defensive combo that the Pacers could throw out there - including Granger. Granger matches up well with 3s, but cannot chase 1s and 2s the way that the 3-person combo of Stephenson, Hill and Paul George can. It will be interesting to see how the guys mesh with Granger defensively when he comes back).

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    I love Danny, but I'd be all for a swap that landed Jose Calderon, assuming we could re-sign him for a reasonable price.

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