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NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

Posted on: May 15, 2009 3:23 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2009 4:44 pm

Jordan Hill: 6-10, 235 PF/C, Jr. (University of Arizona)

Draft Rank: #13

PF Rank:


Energetic big man. Very wiry body that allows him to attack the rim and grab rebounds. Has great athleticism for a big guy. Has really improved his game over the years and now has the ability to dominate a game. Has the size and strength to be an effective four. Attacks the rim with both hands and finishes with a lot of power. Has a very soft touch on his jump shot. Releases his shot high up, which makes it very hard to defend. Has a nice fadeaway jump shot when working from the post. Does a great job of sealing his man down by the rim and forcing his defenders to gamble or stay on his backside. Runs the floor well for a big man. Very good shooter on the baseline when he squares up to the rim.


Really doesn't have a lot of offensive moves in the post. Needs to develop a drop step and a jump hook with his back to the basket. Needs to bulk up a bit. Can become robotic with his moves down low. Should be a more consistent dominant presence down low. He has to improve his foul shooting. Turns the ball over to much for a big man. Has to get stronger in the paint and get more lift from his lower body. His footwork is also a question mark. Needs to improve fundamentals on both ends of the floor. General basketball IQ.


Often loses his focus on the court. Doesn't always understand he can really give his teammates a boost if he finds them and gets them open looks. One thing I really like about Hill is that he took his time in college to improve his game. He struggled early in his career, but he worked on his game to the point where he was a force this year. I also worry about his understanding of the game (basketball IQ). He often doesn't help his teammates on defense and struggles to understand what his team needs to win.

Comparison:  Antonio Davis, 6-9, 245, PF/C  

Would be a good fit for:  Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, or Detroit Pistons.


I know that a lot of other people have Hill higher than this, but he didn't overly impress me this year. He definitely has legit size and a frame that will fill out. My main concern is how he will be able to do with the big boys down low at the next level. I think he will really struggle in the post as he doesn't appear to have dominant post moves. I also worry about his defense at the next level. 

I think he will be a nice backup that will come in and give his team pick and pop scoring. His shooting stroke is very fluid and I could see him scoring in a variety of ways using his jumpshot. His footwork and ball moves appear to be too robotic to be successful at the next level. You really have to value your possessions in the NBA, and I don't think he is talented enough to get the amount of touches that he did in college.

At the end of the day he will add value to a team that's looking for a big man who can score. He can give you minutes at the four or the five and if he brings more effort on the floor he could really be a factor in the paint. He will most certainly go higher than 12 in the draft as teams always overvalue size. Look for him to be a solid big man at the next level. Don't look for him to put up similar numbers as he did in college when his team ran the offense through him. But as I said, he should be a solid backup big.


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2009 7:46 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

you mean Joakim Noah?DOH!  Um, yeah.  Make that Joakim Noah....

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 6:09 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

HE might not be ready to step in and be a starter for a team right away but he is improving. Espically on the offensive side of the ball. His ppg up more than 5 points last year. will be a solid defender in the league, has a sweet release i look for it to go in with more consistancy in the next couple years. lot of potential it is really up to this kid how good he wants to be..

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:52 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

you mean Joakim Noah?

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2009 3:25 pm


Sounds like you just described Yannick Noah, who isn't a star by any means but a solid contributor in the NBA. 

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 10, 2009 10:40 am

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

He may not be picked in the top 5, depending on whether or not Rubio drops to Sacramento at four, but should not drop past the Bucks, and definitely not past the Nets, two teams who need a power forward.

I don't know what else he could've done to impress everyone this season, but his combine results just add to his value. There's no way he drops past the Nets. Teams may overvalue size, but if a team needs size, are they really overvaluing it?

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 12:45 am

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

You're absolutely crazy if you think he goes past seven. What player were you watching when you say that he didn't overly impress you? Watching the improvement he made from his sophomore year to his junior year was amazing (13 ppg to 18 ppg). He has great defensive instincts to begin with and his offensive game drastically improved over the last year. He developed an efficient post game as well as showing the ability to step out and hit a 15-foot baseline jumper with regularity. He was a solid stopper around the basket when he was forced to cover up mistakes made by his perimeter defenders. His energy on both ends and offensive promise that he has shown will make him a solid pick in the top 5.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2009 7:06 pm

NBA Draft Prospect: PF Jordan Hill, Arizona

Who should the Suns draft?  I think they should definitely stay away from Chase Budinger.

In the latest mock draft provided by , the Phoenix Suns are projected to take Chase Budinger from the University of Arizona with the 14th pick in the draft. Budinger is 6′7″ 206 lbs and is slated to be an NBA shooting guard. At the latest NBA Draft combine in Chicago, Budinger  performed admirably in shooting drills (as expected) displaying a smooth high release on his jumper. Chase Budinger’s height came in as expected, but he has a serious case of gator arms with extremely short standing reach (8′5″) and a small wingspan for his height (6′7″).  To put this in perspective James Harden of Arizona State is 6′5″ in shoes and has a wingspan of 6′11″ and a standing reach of 8′7″. Budinger’s wingspan is similar to that of Jason Kapono, Matt Carroll, Travis Hansen and Luke Jackson, which again may help explain his deficiencies on the defensive end.

I fully understand the desire of the Suns to draft Chase Budinger. Budinger runs well in transition and has plenty of range for the 3-point happy Phoenix Suns. However, living in Arizona I had the benefit of watching Budinger on numerous occasions. Budinger is clearly blessed physically; he has displayed a 40 inch vertical while finishing in transition. However, in the half-court Budinger is one of the most passive players I have ever watched with a skill-level that rivals his. At 6′7″, one would expect he would have the ability to create his own shot. However, when forced to take a defender off the dribble Budinger will simply pass or shoot at a much lower accuracy when simply catching and shooting. His game reminds me almost identically to journeyman . Barry was extremely athletic when he came out of college from a Pac-10 school Oregon State just like Chase Budinger. Barry was so athletic he won the 1996 Slam Dunk Contest by dunking from the free-throw line. Brent Barry was/is a great 3-point shooter like Budinger and has a high basketball IQ just like Budinger as well. The parallels between these players don’t end there either: Barry is 6′7″ and 210 lbs and was drafted 15th in the 1st round (Budinger is 6′7″ 206lbs and projected to go 14th). The issue is that Barry lacked the killer instinct or competitive nature to really succeed at an NBA level and that is likely why he has only average 9.3 ppg, 3.2 apg and 3.1 rpg with all the talent in the world.

The Suns should learn from history and stay away from a good-shooting, passive, and bad defending shooting guard and look for some toughness in this draft. The Suns can ill-afford to draft a Brent Barry type player in this draft with the window quickly closing on the Suns chance to make one-more playoff run with this core of players.

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