Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 6/30/13
Solomon Hill (Photo credit: Luke Adams) The NBA Draft has come and gone and the Indiana Pacers feel as though they drafted a guy that fits their team mold. With the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft, the Pacers took Arizona small forward Solomon Hill. In his last season at Arizona, Hill averaged 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. But it’s his versatility and defensive skills that caught the Pacers’ eye. “We feel really good that he’s going to be a really good defensive player and that’s our culture,” said Pacers’ general manager Kevin Pritchard. Not only do they feel as though he could be a great defensive player, but they feel as though he can guard three positions well. The Pacers did have concerns of whether or not Hill could be a consistent shooter. However, Pritchard said that he feels Hill showed that he can be. In his senior season at Arizona, Hill shot 45.8 percent from the field. In addition to his lack of consistency shooting the ball, Hill also is a guy who seems to be without a position offensively. Although he’s listed as a small forward, the 6-foot-7 Hill lacks the speed and quickness necessary to play on the wing. He did play some power forward in college, but is too undersized for that in the NBA. Hill does have good court vision and passing ability. He was third on his team at Arizona in assists last season with 2.7 per game. He’s also shown the ability to rebound well as he was second in the Pac-12 in rebounding his junior year averaging 7.7 per game. Many thought that drafting hill with the 23rd overall pick was a stretch though. “You can normally tell if you could’ve traded down if two minutes after the pick, you get calls,” said Pritchard. He added that after Hill was selected they received multiple calls inquiring about him. Looking at Hill’s potential it appears he’ll be a guy who can defend and bring energy off the bench. Odds are he won’t see a lot of time this season, but Pritchard did say that he could see him playing some minutes this season. He really needs to develop his offensive game, but then again that’s not why they drafted him. The Pacers did have the 53 overall pick as well which they drafted Colorado St. big man Colton Iverson, but he was traded to Boston for cash considerations according to their website.

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