Arriving in a trade that was largely viewed as a salary dump, George Hill proved to be a crucial contributor during the Milwaukee Bucks’ playoff run.
When the Milwaukee Bucks traded John Henson and Matthew Dellavedova to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 7, the most obvious reaction was to celebrate a deal that would offer major cap relief to the Bucks.
Everyone knew Hill was a good player, but having shown what seemed to be some apparent signs of decline in his time in Cleveland, it seemed like his primary function from a Bucks’ perspective would be to match salaries in the deal and then move on in the summer.
With outstanding play to end the year, and a coinciding increase in role to cover for Malcolm Brogdon‘s absence, Hill proved that he was much more than just a piece in a larger deal. In fact, Hill demonstrated to the entire NBA that he can still be a key cog on a legitimate title contender.
Particularly in the playoffs, Hill frequently looked like the Bucks player who was least flustered by the situation, or the opponent, leaning on his experience to positively impact games.
Whether Hill’s story with the Bucks continues beyond this season remains to be seen, but his play certainly helped to produce a variety of moments that won’t be forgotten by Bucks fans for many years to come.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what ultimately made Hill one of many Bucks success stories this season.