Now that the talk of Milwaukee’s winning streak is over after their loss to the Mavericks on Monday night, Bucks fans can shift their focus to something else. All the media has been talking about this season in regards to the Bucks is Giannis Antetokounmpo, for good reason, but they always seem to skip over a player who has been critical to Milwaukee’s success this year. That player is backup point guard, George Hill. George Hill has been playing so well off the bench this season that he has a legitimate chance to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.
The biggest names in George Hill’s way to win the Sixth Man Award at the end of this season are Lou Williams, for obvious reasons, Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, Goran Dragic, and Tyler Herro. However, as these guys may have the counting numbers over George Hill, none of them have been close to matching his efficiency in as few of minutes. The name of the game when trying to find the perfect bench player, or sixth man, is finding a player who can score, pass, and rebound in the most effective way possible. George Hill has done all of these things this season and without him there’s no doubt in my mind that the Bucks would have a worse record than 24-4. Giannis is out every night doing Giannis things that everybody expects, so in that sense, George Hill may very well be the MVP of the best team in the league.
This year, George Hill is averaging 9.6 points per game which may not sound impressive but when you consider he is shooting 53.4% from the field and an NBA leading 50.6% from three, it is extremely impressive. He is also averaging 3.1 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 steals, in only 21.5 minutes off the bench. If Hill got the extra 8-10 minutes per game that other Sixth Man of the Year candidates have gotten, George Hill would have better looking counting stats. Although, counting stats aren’t everything, especially when George Hill is leading the entire NBA in offensive rating with an insane 139. He also has 2.0 offensive win shares which is good for 15th in the league and an offensive box plus/minus of 4.3 which is good for 11th in the NBA. To be doing this in only 21.5 minutes per game is something that is very rare in the NBA. Finally, George Hill has a player efficiency rating of 19.2 which is only behind Giannis’ PER, Middleton’s, and Dragan Bender’s (if you want to count his), on the Bucks.
If George Hill keeps up this efficiency throughout the entire season, he should win the 2019-20 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. To be as efficient as he has been in as few minutes is something that doesn’t happen every year. George Hill has been special this season and if you’re a Bucks fan, you should be thankful that number three is coming off the bench every single night.