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Mike D’Antoni Suggest That He Will Find Minutes For Jordan Hill Reviewed by Momizat on . One of the more interesting narratives surrounding Friday night's loss to the Spurs was the playing time of Jordan Hill. Hill, who is averaging only 14 minutes One of the more interesting narratives surrounding Friday night's loss to the Spurs was the playing time of Jordan Hill. Hill, who is averaging only 14 minutes Rating:
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Mike D’Antoni Suggest That He Will Find Minutes For Jordan Hill

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JordanHillOne of the more interesting narratives surrounding Friday night’s loss to the Spurs was the playing time of Jordan Hill. Hill, who is averaging only 14 minutes per game on the season, is averaging some wild per 36 numbers — 16.3 points and 16.3 rebounds on just under 70 percent shooting.

Despite the fact that Hill has been extremely efficient while he’s been on the floor, Hill only played the final 11 minutes in the game against the Spurs, which led many wondering why Hill didn’t see much time, especially considering how unproductive Shawne Williams has been in a similar number of minutes played per game, 15. Williams per 36 numbers have been dramatically lower than Hills, 4.8 points, 8.8 rebounds on 20 percent shooting, yet Hill still hasn’t found a spot in the regular rotation. However, head coach Mike D’Antoni hinted that it may change soon, according to the LA Daily News.

“That would be the obvious,” D’Antoni said when asked if Hill deserved more minutes. “But if you talk to everybody else, they’ll say what about me? We have a lot of guys. That’s what happens. You have a lot of guys unhappy. I might have to get to the point where two of them are ticked off at me and eight of them love me.”

Until D’Antoni figures out what to do with him, Hill will be the odd man out in a log jam between the two front-court positions — not because of his effort or lack of production, but because of the style of D’Antoni’s offense. While Gasol and Kaman have very defined roles, Williams is on the floor because of his ability to stretch the floor, and Wes Johnson has been getting back up minutes there for the same reason.

That has left Hill as the odd man out, which has proved to be frustrating for all.

“It’s not my decision how many minutes I get. I just want to go out there and produce when I’m out there with those minutes,” Hill said. “[D'Antoni] will do what he feels is best for how the game goes. Whenever he calls my name, I’ll continue to do what I do.”

While the number of minutes for Hill have been consistently low, his production in those minutes has been productive as well. When on the floor, Hill has been creating second chances for the Lakers at an alarming rate. Hill’s ORB% of 28.57 isn’t just the highest in the NBA by a wide margin this season (next on the list is Reggie Evans at 15.52), but if sustained, would be the highest in NBA history, surpassing Dennis Rodman’s all-time mark of 20.83.

Hill may not be the most talented guys on the Lakers roster, but he’s continually one of the most active and hardest working. Even if he doesn’t exactly fit a certain offensive philosophy, he’s a guy you can still find minutes for because he helps your team in multiple ways. There may not be an immediate fix as D’Atnoni has more than one rotation kink to work out, but Hill playing more minutes should definitely be a long-term goal for the coaching staff.

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  • Jim213

    Duh, Hill’s the team’s garbage man. I’d start other players and let Williams and Young come off the bench. Clearly their play thus far has been less than average. But giving Hill 20 minutes a night at least will help the team on the defensive end.

    • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

      wonderig why farmar also was warming the pine being the most efficient pg he’s got. Hill and Farmar should be there instead of nash williams and blake but MDA still keeping his favoritism mentality even when it is not working for the team

      • Daryl Peek

        Farmar is shooting better from the field and scoring more points but he’s not more efficient overall. Blake is shooting 43% from three and Farmar is at 44%. assist to turnover ratio is where blake blows Farmar out of the water. Both come in at 5 assist but Farmar is turning the ball over almost 3 times a game where Blake is only giving up one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.lazaro123 Eddie Lazaro

          Yes, but he still uses Nash and Blake on times when opponents played their bench. Also, Farmar has a better flow of the offense and also D when on the floor, Having better ball rotations, player movements, etc. Blake is a good player but farmar showed he can be a very efficient on both ends of the floor

          • Daryl Peek

            With the back ups. Farmar is a much faster change of pace score first PG. That style is what MDA wants but does not fit with Gasol. This is why Farmar is better suited with the second team.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Hopefully MDA starts this starting lineup it adds size and youth also more traditional.
    Starters Should be
    PG Steve Nash
    SG Xavier Henry
    SF Wesley Johnson
    PF Jordan Hill
    C Pau Gasol

    New Bench Mob
    Nick Young
    Caveman
    Jordan Farmar
    Jodie Meeks
    Steve Blake
    Shawne Williams
    Robet Sacre
    Ryan Kelly

    • Daryl Peek

      I envision one of two starting and reserve line ups depending on what Nash’s injury plight calls for….

      1st option:

      Starters

      PG Nash

      SG Blake

      SF Young

      PF Gasol

      C Kaman, Pau and Chris are interchangeable which is a big time advantage!

      Bench

      PG Farmar

      SG Meeks

      SF Henry

      PF Johnson Sub Williams at times

      C Hill

      2nd option: (Minus Nash due to injury recovery)

      Starters

      PG Blake

      SG Meeks

      SF Young

      PF Gasol

      C Kaman

      Bench

      PG Farmar

      SG Henry

      SF Johnson

      PF Williams

      C Hill

      Williams is clearly not suited to start along side of Gasol. Williams would be better suited to come off the bench and play with Farmar & crew. Kaman should start with Gasol IMO.

      I’d really like for D’Antoni to go with the second option because Nash may need to be shutdown for a minute to see if he can properly heal. This will allow the team to build a rhythm without the constant fluctuation of what’s going on with Nash?

      Meeks is one of the most consistent players so far this season and I think he will thrive with the starters or reserves. Farmar is too important chemistry wise with the reserves to make him a starter. Couple that with his assist to turnover ratio being bad compared to Blake. Blake is taking better care of the ball better than any of the PG’s so far. Also keep in mind Farmar is turning the ball over at said high rate against opponents back ups for the most part. It could be worse against starter talents.

  • hookedonnews

    Hill isn’t getting minutes because of his outside shooting. That’s obvious. He’s a valuable player and will contribute to this team’s success. It’s really not helpful to focus on this kind of stuff. In the end you’re going to have the best players on the floor. It just takes a while to figure it all out when you’ve got so many new players.

    • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

      Hill is not a new player of the Lakers. Last season, the head coach should have noticed that he is valuable player for the team!

  • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

    Hill deserves more & more minutes. He is always with vitality and passion than many of the players of the team.

    And because of him, the lakers get more second offensive chances.

    In face, i think no players of the lakers has created more second offensive chances than Hill, even Pau.

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