Atlanta Hawks: The impact of bringing back Solomon Hill

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Hawks and Solomon Hill came to another one-year agreement as per Woj of ESPN. This comes after Hill was a huge part of the surprising season from 2020-21. While he was never an offensive force, Hill had to play almost every role for the team last season.

There were games where he was bringing the ball up on offense and then playing the pivot on defense but that was the Hawks last season. They had to have the combined next man up and, do what is needed mentalities last season thanks to the injury crisis they endured all season.

Hill almost played the full season, appearing in 71 of a possible 72 games. No other Hawks player appeared in more than 70 games for the season. Hill even started 16 games, mostly in place of John Collins when he was out with an ankle injury. He lost the starting role towards the back end of the season due to a complete lack of offense.

The Atlanta Hawks insurance policy is Solomon Hill

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To be honest, it is highly unlikely Hill is going to win a game for the franchise. With that being said, he is going to help your team stay in games throughout the season. He is a high IQ defender who shoots the 3-ball at a passable 32.1 percent last season.

However, it is his versatility that is going to benefit the Hawks the most. They were undermanned so often at the wing position during the season that they had to utilize their two-way players in scenarios they would have preferred to use their main guys but could not.

One area where Hill is potentially going to be useful is if they end up losing John Collins in this free agency period. The Hawks will put Danilo Gallinari into the starting lineup but will end up using Hill in the key bench role, backing up the big men.

The deal Hill signed is again for a single season and this is good for both sides. Hill loves playing basketball and would prefer to get court time. If he does not then it is only a season where he misses out. The Hawks get a player who can help them out in a tight spot who is not going to clog up their salary cap.

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However, we must remember that every deal reported before August 6th is not a contract. No free agent is able to sign before this date.