Jordan Hill (basketball)

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Jordan Hill
Lakers vs Nuggets 2013-01-06 (17).JPG
Hill (left) with the Los Angeles Lakers in January 2013
No. 27 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-07-27) July 27, 1987 (age 27)
Newberry, South Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school North Springs (Atlanta, Georgia)
The Patterson School
(Patterson, North Carolina)
College Arizona (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 New York Knicks
20102012 Houston Rockets
2012–present Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jordan Craig Hill (born July 27, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hill played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats before he was drafted eighth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

Early life and college[edit]

Kevin Love of UCLA defends Hill, then with Arizona.

Jordan Hill was born in Newberry, South Carolina.[1] After Hill's mother died of breast cancer when Hill was three, Hill was raised by his father and grandmother and later older brother and older sister.[2][3] His cousin, Trevor Booker, introduced him to basketball. Booker, who is four months younger than Hill, also became a player in the NBA.[4] Hill attended North Springs High School in Atlanta, and the parents of a classmate became Hill's legal guardians.[3] After graduating from North Springs in 2005, Hill spent a year at a prep school in Patterson, North Carolina, The Patterson School. As a junior in high school, Hill was ineligible to play on the school basketball team, so he showcased his skills to potential college coaches through an AAU club based in Smyrna, Georgia.[2][3]

At the University of Arizona, Hill played three years with the Wildcats basketball team. He left Arizona ranked fifth all-time in field goal percentage (57.8%). As a junior (2008–2009), Hill started all 34 games and averaged 18.3 points and 11.0 rebounds. He earned Honorable Mention All-America from the Associated Press, Third-Team All-America honors from The Sporting News, and first-team all-conference and All-Defensive Team honors both from the Pac-10 conference that year.[1]

Professional career[edit]

NBA Draft[edit]

When Hill entered the 2009 NBA Draft, many had him high up on the draft board, possibly a top 5 pick in the draft. As draft night went on and Stephen Curry was taken by Golden State, it left New York to pick Jordan Hill.

New York Knicks[edit]

Hill was drafted as the 8th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Hill earned about $4.3 million over the next two seasons.[5]

Hill played five games in the 2009 NBA Summer League, where he averaged 14.4 ppg, 8.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 block. His highest score was 21 points against the Washington Wizards.

Hill scored his first regular season points for the Knicks against the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 6, 2009.

Houston Rockets[edit]

On the trading deadline on February 18, 2010, Hill was traded along with Jared Jeffries to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team deal that included Sacramento that saw the Rockets' Tracy McGrady go to the New York Knicks.[6]

Los Angeles Lakers[edit]

At the trade deadline again on March 15, 2012, Hill was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Derek Fisher and a protected first-round draft pick from Dallas.[7][8] Hill played in seven regular season games with the Lakers, averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 11.7 minutes. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 4.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 18.1 minutes.[9]

On July 25, 2012, Hill re-signed with the Lakers on a two-year $8 million contract.[9] The Lakers struggled during the 2012–13 season, but he brought hustle that was lacking in the team.[10] On January 6, 2013, against the Denver Nuggets, Hill suffered a major injury when the Nuggets' Andre Miller drove baseline on Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant, who inadvertently stepped on Hill's foot; however, Hill was also moving and pulled his hip. Surgery was required after doctors found loose fragments and a possible labral tear.[11] In 29 games, he was averaging 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game. His rebounds-per-minute average was among the league's best, prompting teammate Kobe Bryant to lament Hill's absence after the Lakers were outrebounded during a game.[12] Hill was cleared to play during the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs.[13]

On November 12, 2013, in the ninth game of the 2013–14 season, Hill was a starter for the first time during the season and scored a career-high 21 points against the New Orleans Pelicans in a 116–95 Lakers' home win.[14]

On July 23, 2014, Hill signed a multi-year contract with the Lakers.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 New York 24 0 10.5 .446 .000 .714 2.5 .3 .4 .4 4.0
2009–10 Houston 23 0 16.2 .532 .000 .660 5.0 .6 .2 .5 6.4
2010–11 Houston 72 11 15.6 .491 .000 .706 4.3 .4 .2 .7 5.6
2011–12 Houston 32 7 14.7 .504 .000 .641 4.8 .4 .3 .7 5.0
2011–12 L.A. Lakers 7 1 11.7 .467 .000 .625 4.4 .3 .7 .9 4.7
2012–13 L.A. Lakers 29 1 15.8 .497 .000 .656 5.7 .4 .3 .7 6.7
2013–14 L.A. Lakers 72 32 20.8 .549 .000 .685 7.4 .8 .4 .9 9.7
Career 259 52 16.4 .514 .000 .679 5.3 .5 .3 .7 6.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 L.A. Lakers 12 0 18.1 .434 .000 .688 6.3 .1 .3 .7 4.8
2013 L.A. Lakers 3 0 10.3 .500 .000 .000 3.7 .3 .0 .7 3.3
Career 15 0 16.5 .444 .000 .688 5.8 .1 .2 .7 4.5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jordan Hill bio". NBA. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Sekou (June 14, 2009). "Jordan Hill overcomes tough road to reach NBA". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on June 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Baldwin, Mike (June 17, 2009). "Jordan Hill: The NBA Draft's bounce-back player". The Oklahoman. Archived from the original on June 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ Lee, Michael (November 10, 2010). "Trevor Booker hoping to play against cousin Jordan Hill of Houston". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Knicks lock in first-round pick Hill
  6. ^ Tracy McGrady traded to New York Knicks in 3-team deal, sources say - ESPN
  7. ^ Report, Staff. "Lakers trade Derek Fisher to Rockets for Jordan Hill". SportingNews.com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  8. ^ http://www.nba.com/news/transactions/2012-trade-deadline-tracker/
  9. ^ a b "Lakers Re-Sign Jordan Hill". NBA.com. 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  10. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (January 11, 2013). "Losses keep piling up for Lakers". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Pincus, Eric (January 12, 2013). "Jordan Hill shocked and devastated by hip injury". Los Angeles Time. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pincus, Eric (April 11, 2013). "Jordan Hill has return time frame, but will the Lakers be playing?". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ McMenamin, Dave (April 24, 2013). "Lakers' Jordan Hill cleared to play". ESPN. Retrieved April 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Bresnahan, Mike (November 12, 2013). "Jordan Hill leads Lakers past New Orleans Pelicans, 116-95". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Lakers Sign Jordan Hill". NBA.com. July 23, 2014. Archived from the original on July 23, 2014. 

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