Spurs exercise George Hill option

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have picked up the fourth year contract option on guard George Hill.  He is now signed through the 2011-12 season.

An early entry candidate, out of IUPUI, in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hill was selected by the Spurs in the first round with the 26th overall pick.  Last season Hill enjoyed a breakout year finishing second in Most Improved Player voting.  He appeared in 78 games, including 43 starts, averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 29.2 minutes while shooting .478 (353-738) from the floor, .399 (75-188) from the three-point line and .772 (183-237) from the free throw line.  As a starter Hill averaged 15.8 points, 3.7 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 35.2 minutes. During his rookie season, Hill averaged 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.5 minutes in 77 games.  He shot .403 (150-372) from the field, .329 (24-73) from three-point land and .781 (114-146) from the line.

For his NBA career Hill has appeared in 155 games, averaging 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 22.9 minutes.  He has seen action in 10 playoff games, averaging 11.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 30.0 minutes.

Hill is the first player out of IUPUI to be selected in an NBA Draft and to appear in an NBA game.  As a junior he was named the Summit League Player of the Year and earned All-American Honorable Mention honors by the Associated Press.   He finished fourth in school history in scoring with 1,619 career points.