You couldn’t tell because of his great play right away, but Ahmed Hill joined the team late, missing all of the Northern Arizona Suns’ training camp. He had been with the Charlotte Hornets during their preseason on a Two-Way contract, gathering valuable experience for the move full-time to the NBA G League.
Hill was claimed by the Suns, who owned the No. 1 waiver spot, and joined the team on Nov. 10, one day after their 2019-20 season opener. He joined a team that had multiple weeks working together in the books, but there was no awkwardness putting Hill into the mix. In his first game on Nov. 13 vs. Texas, Hill recorded 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-4 from distance, and three rebounds in 27 minutes.
In the very next contest, Hill was installed into the starting lineup, a lineup he did not fall out of until Jan. 21. On Dec. 3 vs. Memphis, he scored a career-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting (4-of-9 from distance), adding five rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Hill served as the team’s ironman this season, playing the most minutes on the team with 1,042. The next closest to that figure was Jared Harper with 984 minutes. He appeared in 40 of the Suns’ 42 games, tied for the most on the team with Tariq Owens.
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The 25-year-old averaged 9.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game. Team-wise, Hill totaled the fourth most points (389), the second most three-point makes (59), the second most steals (31), and the fifth most assists (70).
The Virginia Tech product, who averaged 11.0 points on 44.5 percent shooting (39.0 percent from deep) and 3.4 rebounds in 134 games from 2014-19 in college, had his best professional month in December. He averaged season-highs in scoring (12.8 PPG on 45.0 percent shooting, 37.5 percent from distance), rebounding (3.9 RPG), assists (2.3 APG) and minutes (33.5 MPG). Hill played also seemed to amp his game a little more for the fans at the Findlay Toyota Center, for home games he scored 2.3 more points per game (10.9 PPG) and shot 6.9 percent higher from the field (46.1 FG%).
Hill also did great work off the court. Owning a smile that lights up the room, Hill read to several different classes in a number of schools throughout the quad-city area. A father himself, he loved to interact with students and was clearly a natural. With everything combined, Hill had a strong first season in Prescott Valley.