The Sixers traded for a veteran point guard before the trade deadline, but it wasn’t the one we were dreaming about.

The Sixers acquired George Hill from the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 3-team deal with the New York Knicks, sending center Tony Bradley and two second-round picks to the Thunder and depth forward Terrance Ferguson to the Knicks.

Hill, a 12-year veteran guard, is averaging 11.8 points and 3.1 assists in 14 games this season with the Thunder. He has shown to be a capable three-point shooter, shooting 38.6% from the three this season.

Last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Hill led the league in three-point shooting, shooting at an impressive 46% clip. While he has returned around his career average of 38.4% this season, Hill is a perfect complementary piece around the Sixers stars.

However, Hill is not just a shooter. The Sixers have had a problem within their half-court offense once Ben Simmons leaves the court. Hill has plenty of experience running an NBA offense, especially in the playoffs.

The acquisition of Hill allows Shake Milton to focus on scoring, as it seems running the point off the bench seems to have taken him out of his comfort zone. The veteran guard can play off the ball as well, as he has shared the court with LeBron James in Cleveland from 2017-19 and Giannis Antetokounmpo in Milwaukee from 2018-20.

But, the 6’3’’ guard also fits right into Doc Rivers’ defensive scheme. Hill has always been a plus defender. With a 6’9’’ wingspan, Hill has made a habit of using his frame to disrupt shots and get deflections and steals in passing lanes. Hill’s experience will also help with pick and roll defense, which has been a thorn in the Sixers side for many years.

Daryl Morey and the Sixers front office didn’t make a flashy blockbuster trade as some had hoped. However, they significantly strengthened the bench backcourt and playoff rotation with the acquisition of George Hill.

Hill has been out since Jan. 24 with a broken right thumb but is out of his cast and should be ready to return within the next week.

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