George Hill grew up with a dream – to enter the NBA draft and be selected by a team where he would play professional basketball. Hill, who was raised by a single mother, did not have the best life growing up, and he was determined to use basketball as a way out of poverty.
During his time in the NBA, he represented a number of clubs, including the Sacramento Kings, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, and others. In addition, he has developed a lifestyle consistent with the status he earned in the NBA. Read to learn more about his girlfriend, wife, children, and other career details.
George Hill’s Biography, Age
George Hill was born on May 4, 1986, as George Jesse Hill Jr. in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was raised by his single mother. There is no information about his father, which leads us to believe that he either died when he was very tender or that he was irresponsible and left his family. However, his mother’s name is Tina Hill Woods, and she must have raised him as an only child, as there is no record of George having a sibling anywhere.
Hill played basketball since childhood, and his heroes in the game were legends like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan, and he also dreamed of becoming a first-round contender for the 2008 NBA Draft. For his high school education, he had to attend Broad Ripple High School, and it was there that he began his basketball career.
He would give his best for the game, as his life depended on it, as he had the desire to become a professional in this sport. His record in high school basketball was so good that he was ranked among Indiana’s Magnificent Seven – a group of elite basketball players that included Josh McRoberts, Eric Gordon, Mike Conley Jr., Courtney Lee, Rodney Carney, and Greg Oden.
After high school, where he excelled in basketball throughout his four years and averaged an outstanding 36.3 points per game in his senior year, George Hill enrolled in college at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and continued his career in college basketball.
He had turned down offers from more prestigious schools with better offers simply because enrolling in IUPUI meant that he would be close to his great-grandfather, Gilbert Edison, who was ill at the time. And even though Gilbert died before he even played his first college game, he held on to his commitment to IUPUI.
Career and Injury Stats
In 2008 George Hill declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected by the San Antonio Spurs as the 26th Overall Pick in the first round, fulfilling his long-time dream. Hill signed a two-year contract and made his NBA debut against the Dallas Mavericks. Hill was originally designated as a reserve point guard for starter Tony Parker, but an injury to the latter at the beginning of the season meant that Hill had his chance to become the team’s starting point guard for a while.
The next season his all-around game improved thanks to his rigorous off-season training. It just meant he got more minutes on the field and also started more games for the Spurs. His peat average increased by 100% and by April Hill had a career-high of 30 points, 5 steals, and 7 assists against the Houston Rockets. At the end of the season, he was nominated for the “Most Improved Player of the Season” award and finished second with Kevin Durant and Marc Gasol on a par with Kevin Durant for this award.
In 2011, he was traded to the Indiana Pacers for picks in the 2011 NBA Draft and served as a replacement for Darren Collison. However, he was repeatedly injured and sat out 12 games during the season. When he returned the next season, he was in the starting position in April when Collison suffered an injury. However, he remained in the point guard position as a starter for the team (although Collison returned earlier during the season) until the end of the season, averaging 9.6 points per game, including a field goal of 0.442.
His double-digit numbers in all five games of the playoffs series helped the Pacers advance to the Eastern Conferences semi-finals, but they would lose to the Miami Heats, who eventually became champions. Although he had reached the highest score of his career of 30 points in one game against the Houston Rockets (when he was still with the San Antonio Spurs), his best was yet to come, when he faced the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 season, where he reached a career-high with 37 points, including 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
George Hill went down with a knee injury that forced him to miss 28 games the following season (2014 season). After a long break, he returned from injury to score his first career triple-double of points (15), rebounds (10), and assists (12) in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the 2016 season, he was involved in a triple-double between the Pacers, Utah Jazz, and the Atlanta Hawks. In the end, he joined Utah Jazz, and in his one season with the Utah Jazz, Hill helped the Pacers finish a four-game losing streak against the Denver Nuggets, despite his remarkable absence from the team, mostly due to injury.
In his last game for Utah Jazz – a win over the Brooklyn Nets – Hill scored 34 points, setting a new season record for himself. His next stop was the Sacramento Kings, where he signed a 3-year contract but ended up staying for only one season. In 2018 he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-year contract and helped them win the Eastern Conference, but could not help them win the 2018 NBA finals, which they lost to the Golden State Warriors.
NBA Contract, Net Worth
George Hill’s newcomer contract with the San Antonio Spurs was not disclosed, but he signed a five-year contract with the Indiana Pacers in 2012, allegedly valued at $40 million, and again in July 2017 he would sign another three-year contract with the Sacramento Kings for $57 million.
The net worth of the talented NBA point guard currently playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers is estimated at $32 million, while his annual salary is $19 million (which will drop to $18 million after one year in his current contract).
George Hill has the perfect size and weight required for his “work line” and he takes a due care to maintain them. He measures 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) for a height that is proportional to his body weight of 85 kg (188 lbs). His chest, biceps, and waist circumferences are 43-15-34 inches each.
Other Facts About George Hill
George Hill belongs to a mixed ethnic group, even though his nationality is American. He has African-American roots, either on his mother’s side alone or from both parents.
When he was drafted into the NBA in 2008, he was the first Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) player to be drafted in this way.
Hill is a married man. He married his longtime girlfriend Samantha Hill, and they are blessed with two children, a son named Zayden Jaxon Hill, born January 16, 2016, and a daughter, Zoë Jessie Hill, born January 4, 2018.
In addition to playing basketball, for which he received the Summit League Player of the Year award, George Hill also received a diploma from the School of Liberal Arts.