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Why Grant Hill Doesn't Fit

Relax! It's not my idea.

In one of the comments sections I mentioned how Grant's 5-man unit stats were always pretty poor. I said that I'd ask one of the RealGM posters who was quite fluent with advanced stats about why that was, but before I could, he wrote an entire post on the subject.

Here's a taste:

The man's purdy at 39. Gotta give him that. Excellent work ethic, character, and leadership. He's focused on defense and unselfish on offense. Hill is loaded with qualities that I deeply respect (especially those looksWink).

But he's been holding Steve Nash back for years.

The story is almost too good to be true: After seven miserable injury-plagued seasons in Orlando (in which cumulatively he played in barely two seasons' worth of actual games), Hill revived his career running-and-gunning in the desert. The Suns' famed training staff enhanced their legendary status, as Hill has played in more games each season in Phoenix than any season in Orlando. Hill and Nash, two men known both for great character and exciting basketball, joined forces in their late-30s to light up scoreboards as if it were 1999. They formed an old-timers yin and yang with Nash directing the offense and Hill anchoring the defense, and Hill the beneficiary of hundreds of Nash assists.

But the story actually is too good to be true: Hill is a poor offensive fit with Nash, and nowhere near good enough defensively to make up for it.

Read more:

http://from-ashes.com/node/65

Blasphemy! Still...hit the link to read the well-argued statistical support for his proposition, and share your thoughts on the article and on Grant's value.

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