Milwaukee Bucks: Grades for George Hill’s one-year deal to return

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 06: (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks, George Hill
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How does George Hill fit with the Milwaukee Bucks this time around?

Hill’s role should remain relatively unchanged from his first stint with the Bucks, as he’ll provide solid and reliable backup point guard minutes.

He may be asked to take on a bit more early in the season with Holiday coming off a deep playoff run and now an Olympic stint. Hill did play over 26 minutes a game in his 14 games with the Thunder last season, so he is still very much capable of taking on a larger workload in shorter spurts. In those 14 games, Hill posted some of his best numbers since 2017 with 11.8 points and 3.1 assists per game and shot 38.6 percent from 3 point range.

At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, Hill is more than capable of playing in two-guard lineups, which should unlock some things for head coach Mike Budenholzer being able to play both Hill and Holiday together for stretches. Offensively, it would be a little unfair to expect Hill to shoot at the 46 percent clip he did in his last season with the Bucks. However, he shot 38.8 percent overall last season and should get even better looks with Milwaukee as opposed to the ones he had gotten in Oklahoma City and Philadelphia. There’s still some juice in his shooting and, aside from a bad stint with Philly, he doesn’t turn the ball over frequently.

Even at his age, Hill will still be able to provide reliable ballhandling, above average 3 point shooting, and the versatility to allow the Bucks to play him in different lineups. Going from Jeff Teague to George Hill is definitely an upgrade.