Despite a bevy of injuries that have plagued George Hill this season, he is still having one of the best seasons of his career. Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report predicted that Hill will be one of several players to have a noticeable decline in production next season.
Hughes wrote: “It’s a shame George Hill and the Utah Jazz didn’t pair up sooner. Hill will turn 31 in May, which is well past the age of peak performance for point guards. But when injuries haven’t prevented him from taking the floor, Hill’s fit with the Jazz has looked absolutely perfect. He’s never been better.”
He continued, hinting at Hill’s potential drop in output, “Chief among the reasons why is the uncertainty that surrounds where Hill will play next season. He and the Jazz couldn’t agree on an extension, and if he winds up someplace other than Utah, it’s reasonable to expect the fit will be worse.”
Davis notes Jackson’s contributions to Duke
The play of former Lone Peak turned Duke star Frank Jackson hasn’t escaped the eye of Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis. Looking region by region at the NCAA Tournament bracket, Davis credited Jackson for a good chunk of Duke’s success and considers him a likely factor why he thinks Duke will emerge from the East region.
He wrote: “Duke is one of the few teams that can match up with — indeed, can overmatch — Villanova’s outstanding perimeter. Duke can get a little too reliant on three-point shots, and Grayson Allen is still battling injury and inconsistency. But Duke has been getting terrific contributions from freshmen Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson. Its seven-man rotation is set. And I believe this team has been steeled by all the tumult and adversity it has encountered this season.”