NBA Roundtable

Lakers Keep Jordan Hill in LA

In Free Agency on July 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

Adrian Wojnarowski reports

Free-agent forward Jordan Hill has reached agreement on a two-year, nearly $8 million contract to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent Kevin Bradbury told Yahoo! Sports.

Hill turned down a more aggressive offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves to remain with the Lakers, who traded for him in March. Hill played an increasingly vital role for the Lakers during the Western Conference semifinals.

“Jordan was excited about the fact that Steve Nash decided to join the Lakers and the prospect of winning a championship in L.A.,” Bradbury said.

Analysis

A two position player

  • Power forward — a very limited offensive player. A weak jump-shot. A limited passer. Not much of a threat away from the rim. A garbage man who lives for hustle baskets in the paint. A very strong rebounder. A solid defender.
  • Center — a below average defender but serviceable defender. Not a strong enough team defender to anchor a defense or a strong enough man-to-man defender against players that he gives up size too. Shows good mobility and can do some duties (such a pick and roll defense, closing out shooters, switches, transition defense) at a good level but his interior defensive rotations and rim protection aren’t good enough. Overall, a below average but serviceable defender at center and relative to a backup center … a useful, middle of the pack, defender.
    A good rebounder who showed terrific work on the boards late last season with LA. Still a limited offensive threat. A garbage man.

Overall, not a starting quality player at either position. A useful but unexceptional reserve. Needs to show improvement either defensively or offensively to become a key reserve to starting quality big man.

Unlikely to ever become a starter at center due to his size limitations and inability to work around those limitations. Limited BBIQ. Has a better chance at power forward but needs to add a midrange jump-shot and continue to improve his defense for that to happen.

Minnesota Timberwolves

I thought Jordan Hill did the right thing passing up on Minnesota. That wasn’t going to be a good situation for him. A redux of his situation in Houston.

I think Los Angeles is a much better situation for him to learn and develop his game. He’ll get to play power forward alongside either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum the vast majority of the time. He’ll get to learn under Mike Brown who is one of the best defensive teachers in the game. To play alongside several high usage offensive players (Kobe, Nash, Pau, Bynum) which will limit his offensive responsibilities and allow him to play to his strengths 100% of the time.

Overall, LA is just a much better situation for him in terms of his individual development, performance level and opportunity to play for an NBA Championship. Good decision to take less money to stay in LA.

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