Get to Know Your Starting Five: George Hill

Scott Agness | May 21, 2013

He’s introduced to the crowd at Bankers Life Fieldhouse as the “hometown hero.” A Broad Ripple High School and IUPUI alum, George Hill is in his second season with the Pacers, after being acquired in a draft night trade with the San Antonio Spurs in the summer of 2011.

Hill is a very grounded individual. He gives back when he can, is a hit when out in the community for Pacers events and he never turns down an autograph. When this city needs him, like after the Southside explosions last November, he is there – even when there are no cameras. He’s soft-spoken but can relate with kids and he’s a huge role model in Indianapolis. Hill owns and is heavily invested in his successful AAU program, the G3 Rising Stars, for both girls and boys of different ages.

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He enjoys getting out and being active. Hill absolutely loves to fish, as do teammate Paul George and associate head coach Brian Shaw. He'd much rather play dodgeball or go to an adventure park than sit at home. And you won’t catch him watching the Super Bowl – he’s not a big sports fan. Hill and George teamed up to start the G2 Zone, a rowdy section for diehard Pacers fans in the northwest corner of the Fieldhouse. G2 Zone Twitter »   Facebook »

In hopes of revealing his personality and other interests, Hill hosted a handful of episodes of his own radio show in town this season.

On the court, Hill became the team’s starting point guard late last season and has since started every game he’s been available. Being a natural shooting guard, he’s had to adapt this season to being the Pacers’ primary ball handler. He’s an extension of coach Frank Vogel on the floor. At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, he’s not the tallest or biggest at his position, but he’s one of the toughest and most effective. He helps dictate the pace and ensure the Pacers have great ball movement.

Hill has dealt with the most injuries on the team this season, fighting through nine separate nagging injuries, though none have been serious enough to cause him to miss many games. When asked how he’s feeling while dealing with an injury – most recently a concussion that sidelined him for Game 5 against New York – the first thing he says is, “I’m blessed. I’ll be fine.” That’s the type of positive attitude Hill carries each day.

Ahead of the playoffs, Hill got together with another Indy native, actor and comedian Mike Epps to record a song titled (“All Gold Everything Pacers”). Although this was a rap remix, Hill’s music tastes are mostly in the country genre. He even sang a county tune at this winter’s season ticket holder party.

You can find George Hill on Twitter, where he has over 75,000 followers.

Hill is averaging 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 4.2 rebounds in the playoffs.

Get to know the other four members of the Pacers starting five below:

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