Solomon Hill
Solomon Hill
27-Year-Old ForwardF
New Orleans Pelicans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After playing in all but two regular season games in 2016-17, Hill was forced to miss the majority of last season with a hamstring injury. In fact, he only came back for the final 12 games of the regular season and saw limited playing time during that span. Entering this season, Hill should be fully healthy and will be looking to solidify his role in the rotation. E'Twaun Moore stepped up in his absence and enjoyed a productive season, which means Hill is far from a lock to get his starting position back. Whether he does eventually start or -- more likely -- continues to come off the bench, Hill has very limited upside, even when he plays significant minutes. Per-36 minutes over the last two seasons -- a 92-game sample -- Hill holds averages of just 8.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The Arizona product's impact is felt more in a reality than a Fantasy context, and he should only be considered draft-worthy in the deepest of leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2016.
Has little influence in 14 minutes Thursday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 11, 2018
Hill finished with just two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes during Thursday's 134-119 preseason loss to Toronto.
ANALYSIS
Hill played 14 minutes in Thursday's loss and was a non-factor on both ends of the floor. He continues to work his way back from last season's injury and at this stage appears to be on the outside looking in when it comes to a starting spot. There is a chance he is given the nod on certain night's based on matchups but nonetheless, he is not a fantasy option in most formats.
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Depth Chart Status
#3 Small Forward
#7 Power Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hill spent his first three years with the Pacers before joining the Pelicans on a four-year, $48 million contract prior to the 2016-17 campaign. He ended up playing in 80 games, including 71 starts, while posting averages of 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 three-pointers across 29.7 minutes. The workload was the largest he's received in his career and while he did continue to improve from the three-point line with a 34.8 percent clip from deep, his overall production largely kept him off the radar in Fantasy leagues. Hill will likely be looking at a similar role heading into the 2017-18 season. He's currently the favorite to start at small forward, but with Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins still commanding the bulk of the offensive touches, Hill will be stuck in complimentary role. The addition of Rajon Rondo brings yet another mouth to feed, meaning Hill's usage could fall even more. Look for slight decrease in his numbers overall.
Hill started a surprising 78 games last year, his sophomore season in the Association. Unfortunately, much of his playing time was undeserved -- Indiana simply didn't have many other options with Paul George lost for most of the season. Hill's stats from last year show a player that had difficulty creating his own scoring opportunities. The small forward shot just under 40 percent from the field, scoring only 8.9 points over 29 minutes per game. Those minutes will decline as All-Star Paul George returns to the starting lineup, sending the 24-year-old Hill back to a reserve role. Frankly, it's a much better role for the defensive-oriented Arizona Wildcat. This year, expect Hill to hit the occasional three-pointer, come of the bench to slow down opposing team's best wings, and continue to work on his offensive shortcomings.
Hill didn't quite live up to the hype in his rookie campaign, but that was simply the fact of there not being enough room for him in the rotation. He averaged eight minutes per game last season and was sent for a brief stint in the D-League to receive extra playing time. The 23-year-old has received steady praise from team president Larry Bird and coach Frank Vogel, but those words might actually mean something this year. With Paul George's gruesome injury forcing him to miss the entirety of the coming season, a starting spot has opened up at Hill's position. He'll will have to fight off recent acquisition C.J. Miles to earn the job, but regardless of who wins the final starting spot, expect both players to see a minimum of 20-25 minutes per game. Those in dynasty formats that took a flier on Hill last season may begin to see their investment pay off.
Many critics saw Indiana's decision to select Hill in the first round as a stretch, but the rookie has done nothing but impress so far in Pacers camp. His impressive run started in the Orlando Summer League, where he shot 55 percent from behind the arc and posted 22 points in their victory over the Sixers. Head coach Frank Vogel believes that Hill is ready to contribute right away, so despite the Pacers making several key additions to their bench this season, all signs point to the 22-year-old finding his way into the rotation.
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Starting Wednesday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
October 10, 2018
Hill will start at small forward for Wednesday's preseason game against the Heat, Pelicans' radio play-by-play announcer Sean Kelley reports.
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Grabs six boards in Wednesday's win
FNew Orleans Pelicans
April 4, 2018
Hill had zero points (0-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt), six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 123-95 win over the Grizzlies.
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Will rejoin lineup Thursday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 22, 2018
Hill isn't listed on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Lakers.
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Will be rested Wednesday
FNew Orleans Pelicans
Rest
March 21, 2018
Hill will not be available for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.
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Scores two points in Tuesday's win
FNew Orleans Pelicans
March 20, 2018
Hill chipped in two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound, and one assist in 11 minutes during Tuesday's 115-105 win over the Mavericks.
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