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Hill Continues to Exceed All Expectations for Bucks

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It’s been just over one year since the Milwaukee Bucks traded for George Hill on the night of December 7th, 2018. The three-team trade, which included the Washington Wizards, looked like this:

  • Milwaukee acquired George Hill from Cleveland, Jason Smith from Washington and a second-round pick
  • Cleveland acquired John Henson, Matthew Dellavedova, a first-round pick in 2021 and a second-round pick in 2021
  • Washington acquired Sam Dekker

To sum it up, the Cavs took on money — Dellavedova and Henson contracts — in order to obtain draft picks; a very standard move in the NBA. The Bucks, in return, landed a veteran point guard in Hill (keep in mind the Bucks re-signed Hill as a free agent this past off-season).

But why was this trade so important?

Well, the Bucks are heavy favorites in the Eastern Conference. And as of December 16th, the team is having one of the most memorable regular seasons of all-time, in large part due to Hill’s play and leadership.

If you’ve watched the Bucks this season, you’ve surely noticed the ups and downs of Eric Bledsoe. This is something all Bucks fans have come to understand as reality. Bledsoe can be great, but he can struggle in the big moments. And in last year’s playoffs, we saw more struggle than great.

That’s where George Hill comes in. He’s the Bledsoe-insurance. We agree on that. But George Hill is more than just insurance. Here’s why:

BY THE NUMBERS

George Hill is giving the Bucks 9.6 PTS, 3.1 AST, 3.1 REB per game so far this season. Sure, that doesn’t seem like a hugely impactful stat line, but the 11-year veteran is only playing about 21 minutes per contest.

If you take a look at Hill’s per 36 minutes numbers, he’s averaging 16.1 PTS, 5.2 AST and 5.2 REB per game. Now that’s impactful.

If Bledsoe misses extended time with his shin injury, there is no doubt that Hill will flourish in extended starter minutes. He can still get up, too; let’s not forget that.

STEADY LEADERSHIP

Hill has made an impact in two very crucial ways within the offense. First, he’s as steady as they come at point guard; we observed this in last year’s playoffs. This season, Hill is averaging just 0.8 turnovers per game. For context, Trae Young (yes, we know he handles the ball more than anyone in the NBA and far more than Hill) is averaging 4.8 turnovers per game. Still, per 36 minutes, Hill is only averaging 1.4 turnovers per game.

Looking past the numbers, you can see the steady hand both on and off the court from Hill. He’s a veteran leader, a guy who has played meaningful NBA Finals minutes with LeBron James, and he takes care of the ball when the game is on the line. As we move toward more important games, Hill’s leadership, chemistry with Giannis and his steady hand will prove to be a huge piece for the Bucks. Check it out for yourself below.

50% FROM THREE

This one is ridiculously good. George Hill leads the NBA in three-point shooting percentage. But there’s more; Hill leads the league by more than 3 percent. Hill, as of December 16th, is shooting 53.4% from deep. Rodney Hood, who sits in second place, is (before his injury) shooting 49.3%.

It’s simple; George Hill is making more than half of his three-point attempts. That is incredible.

For a point guard playing with Giannis, this couldn’t be more important. Come playoff time, expect the Bucks to lean heavily on Hill in crunch time situations, pending the play of streaking Eric Bledsoe.

To sum it up by stealing from the Bucks: George Hill is EVERYWHERE.

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