Jordan Hill Waits His Turn
Jaime C. Harris | 5/4/2011, 9:50 a.m.
In this his first season in the NBA, rookie Jordan Hill has found a place with the Knicks. Unfortunately it is on the bench, cheering on his teammates as they continue their rise in the standings.
The eighth overall pick in last June's draft, Hill has found the NBA much more challenging than the college game, at which he excelled as a star at the University of Arizona.
"At the pro level the game is so much faster, there is a lot more you have to learn and for the most part everybody is good," said the 22-year-old Hill last night after playing the entire fourth quarter of the Knicks 132-89 rout of the Indiana Pacers, improving their record to 14-20.
'I'm a competitor and I would love to be playing more, but I understand that coach [D'Antoni] owes it to the veterans to give them an opportunity so I just have to wait my turn. There are guys ahead of me that deserve to play so I can't complain."
Mike D'Antoni has demonstrated that tenure and seniority are irrelevant to his decision making process of who is in the rotation. Veteran Nate Robinson was benched for a month before a spectacular 41-point return to the lineup on Friday and Eddy Curry, in his eighth year in the league, might as well be in Siberia he's buried so deep on the pine.
Athletic and long, Hill may someday blossom into a rotation mainstay. But for now, he sits and seeks minutes when he can get them.
"I'm just going to keep working hard with coaches and show them I want to get better," Hill shared. "I'm confident a time will come when I'm going to help this team win."