The Philadelphia 76ers made a move Thursday that they believe will help position them for a deep playoff run that they believe they are prepared for. They acquired veteran George Hill from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 3-team deal that gives them a solid backup point guard.
Hill has played 127 career playoff games and has been to the NBA Finals, as well as a couple of runs in the Eastern Conference Finals in his career. On top of that, he’s a 38.4% running shooter from deep and he’s a solid defender.
He’s the kind of two-way player that President Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers are looking for.
“I think Doc had some good comments recently about looking for a two-way guard and that being one of those, which he thought, was one of the few needs for us,” Morey said. “That’s what we got with George. A veteran shooting guard who can shoot at a very high level and defend at a high level. “
When Hill takes on the right role, he can be a really solid player for any team. He shot 46% from deep in the 2019-20 season with the Milwaukee Bucks and is a solid veteran who can help a fairly young team. That’s something people forget, as Philadelphia relies on younger players from the bench.
“He’s such a solid veteran,” Rivers said. “Just one of those guys who like on their team. He shoots a lot, he defends well, good veteran, and we are a really young team. Adding a veteran like him will be great for us. “
On top of that, Morey has placed great emphasis on acquiring every possible shot to make sure the floor is properly spaced at all times for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to operate. That’s what Hill brings to the table and his defensive ability is what made him attractive to the Sixers.
“Obviously, shooting is a prize for us, and I think he (Hill) maybe led the NBA in shooting recently,” Morey added. “I think it’s been a great topic for us to get to shoot a two-way player like a kind of Danny. I see it as an acquisition like we did with Danny Green. A guy who’s been through a lot of playoff wars. “
A red flag for some might be the fact that Hill hasn’t played a game since Jan. 24 due to thumb surgery. However, Morey is not overly concerned about that.
Our medical staff has not yet had a chance to evaluate you, but we understand that your time back is measured and I don’t want to give a timeline, but it is not much.
“He had a problem where he chose to have surgery so that it will never be a problem again,” he explained. “I think that delayed his recovery, but once he comes back, apparently it will be something that will never bother him again. So we are very optimistic about his medical progress. “
A major stumbling block in all of this is that the Sixers can now field a unit of boys who can provide good play on both ends of the floor. Philadelphia will be a little deeper now entering the playoffs in May with a veteran and proven team.
“I think one thing Coach Rivers and Coach (Dan) Burke can do right now is put five strong, proven players in the playoffs who can play both wingers on the court at the same time if they want to do it at a crucial time. “Morey finished. “We are very excited about that.”
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