He’s always struck me more like a 40-year-old assistant coach than a 23-year-old player, which he was at the time of this conversation in an office near the Pacers’ locker room. His words, his voice and his demeanor betray his age.
The 2013 first-round draft pick had an uneventful rookie season, playing sparingly in just 28 games, but was about to be thrust into the mix. Paul George’s horrific leg injury assured him of playing time the following season, and he got it. He played in all 82 games in 2014-15, starting 78, and averaged 8.9 points over 29 minutes.
He already was making some mature decisions as the season was about to unfold, as we discuss here. Now, if he can just get that jump shot working better. It’s the only thing keeping him from becoming an established player certain to have a long career.
First aired 2014
Tagged with: Indiana Pacers, Solomon Hill