Los Angeles Lakers big man Jordan Hill provides the team with a boost of energy off of the bench and he has been working during the offseason to round out his game so he is able to be a bigger threat next season. With the injury problems surrounding the team, they will need all of the help they can get.
Hill is mainly a defensive player and his energy allows him to consistently compete for rebounds on both sides of the court, but with his improved shooting he is also hoping to help the team on the opposite end of the court.
While Hill is improving as a shooter, don’t expect him to change his game and just start looking for shots.
How does Hill prevent his increased outside shooting from diluting the qualities that earned him such a prominent role on the Lakers’ bench in the first place?
“I’m still going to do what I’m going to do,” said Hill, who averaged a career-high 6.7 points and career-high 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes last season through 29 regular-season games. “Provide energy, play defense, rebound. That’s my game. That’s not going to change. I just want to be able to have more options and have something that the team can rely on. It’s all about just trying to expand my game.”
“The thing with me this year is I’m not going to want to worry about scoring,” Hill said. “I’m going to let [Pau Gasol] and [Chris Kaman] take care of that. I’ll make sure I’ll do everything on defense, the little things, anything to make this team better.”
Hill averaged 15.8 minutes per game last season and he could see an even bigger role this year without Dwight Howard. Add in the fact that Hill is going to be a more well-rounded player and coach Mike D’Antoni could feel more comfortable giving minutes to Hill so he can help on both sides of the court.