Should Sean Marks trade for Oklahoma City’s George Hill?
As mercurial as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving can be on any given night, the Brooklyn Nets have looked a little uneven at the start of the season, which can be due in large part to the loss of starting guard Spencer Dinwiddie. Without Dinwiddie’s offensive production and defensive versatility, Brooklyn has been scrambling, unsuccessfully, to replace him.
With the Nets in need of reinforcements as soon as possible via a trade, Brooklyn should consider trading for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard George Hill, who is averaging 11.6 points per game on 49% shooting.
We know how open the Thunder are to wheeling and dealing, so this is certainly a realistic transaction.
George Hill would bring excellent shooting and veteran savvy to the Nets.
Hill, who made his name as both a backup on Gregg Popovich’s Spurs and a starter on some quality Indiana Pacers teams, started to show he can contribute to a championship contender when he made clutch shot after clutch shot (Game 1 free throws notwithstanding) as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
During last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Hill led the NBA in 3-point percentage with a 46% mark, and his offensive rating of 131, along with his defensive rating of 106, shows that Milwaukee was better on both ends of the floor with him. The Nets are inconsistent on both ends, so Hill’s presence is sorely needed.
The Thunder might’ve surprised some early in the season with their performance at 4-4, but this is clearly still a team in rebuild mode, and they’ll take anything they can get for veterans. Hill’s ability to distribute, rise up from three, and play lockdown defense all mesh with what Steve Nash wants to do, making him the perfect veteran to join the Nets in a reserve role.
Losing Dinwiddie was clearly not an ideal situation. However, the Nets can’t keep trying to plug square pegs like Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot into round holes. Hill won’t cost a ton, and he’ll give Brooklyn enough production on offense to make up for the loss of Dinwiddie.