This season, the Utah Jazz have been 11.7 points per 100 possessions better with George Hill on the court. Averaging 20 points a game, he’s been a perfect, versatile fit for their needs with the ability to be a playmaker, shooter, perimeter defender, whatever is called for.
However, the Jazz have been without him for the past 13 games with a toe injury. That’s about to change Thursday night against Philadelphia, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
Hill will not be officially cleared until after his pregame warm-up routine but intends to play, barring a setback, according to a source. He went through a strenuous Wednesday workout to test his left big toe, which he sprained during a Nov. 29 win over the Houston Rockets.
Utah went 8-5 without him in this run, but Hill has missed 21 of Utah’s 32 games this season due to a variety of injuries.
MacMahon also says Alec Burks is getting close to a return, which would add quality wing depth and shooting to the Utah rotation.
The Jazz are 19-13 and one of the few teams with a top 10 offense and defense statistically — they’ve been good, but if Hill can get back to being a regular part of the rotation, and the rest of the team can stay healthy, Utah can climb the standings and be a threat come the playoffs. This is a potentially dangerous team with that defense and the guys who can help them get buckets are getting healthy.