This could not have come at a worse time with the team trying to build much needed momentum and seeking to gain ground in the Western Conference playoff standings.
The team clearly needed a player who could step up and fill the void that was left by Parker.
It gets better. In 34 starts this season, his production went up to 15.6 points, 3.5 assist and 3.1 rebounds per game and is also versatile enough to switch between point guard and shooting guard spots when he had to play alongside Tony Parker.
In nine games since Parker's injury, has has averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 assist and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 52.1% from the field and 45% from behind the arc. He also led the team in assists four times during that span.
If the stats above didn't impress you, then let's hear it from Coach Pop's own lips: "George Hill has been fantastic; He gets to the rim on offense. He runs the show. He shoots 3-pointers. He's got a great demeanor. We'd be in big trouble without him, with Tony being gone. He's done a really good job." Let's not also forget, Pop refers to Hill as his favorite player. High praise stemming from a no-nonsense coach.
Overall, Hill has looked solid running the point. Earlier this month, he had one of his best all-around performance when he scored 19 points, dished out 8 assist and grabbed 3 boards in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He followed it up with an impressive 14 points, and a career high 11 assists without committing a single turnover in 29 minutes of action on a second night of back-to-backs against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Even his biggest fan, Coach Pop, knows one area Hill needs to improve on -- being more of a vocal leader a la Avery Johnson." I want him to take more control, I want him to be telling people where the hell to go on the court. I want him to tell me where the hell to go. I want him to start taking over. I want him to be Avery." said Popovich.
Regardless, Spurs fans should take comfort knowing a player like Hill, is wearing a Spurs jersey and filling in admirably for the injured Parker. With Parker out, Hill has assumed the role of floor general and steadied the team not only on the offensive end but on the defensive end as well. Case in point, in Sunday's loss to the Hawks, Hill was guarding the taller and bigger Joe Johnson.
Hill has been a "diamond in the rough" for the team and has become another late-round draft day steal for the franchise.