Bucks’ Hill offers praise for Cavaliers: ‘They’re coming together’

Bucks point guard George Hill was traded by the Cavaliers in early December.

Former Cavaliers guard George Hill sees growth in his former team.

Hill started the season with the Cavs but now plays for the Milwaukee Bucks. In the Eastern Conference, Hill went from worst to first. He also went from being the starting point guard to reserve.

So when the Cavs traded Hill in December (for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and two second-round picks), it opened the door for rookie Collin Sexton to start.

Sexton was uneven early in that role, but has been playing well lately — and became the first rookie to score at least 23 points in seven straight games since Tim Duncan did it way back in 1998-99.

“They’re coming together,” Hill said following the Bucks’ 127-105 home win over the Cavs on Sunday, via cleveland.com. “I think the young guys are playing at a high level.

“Collin Sexton has come into his own, doing a phenomenal job over the last six, seven games.”

Hill’s playing time and productivity have decreased with the Bucks. He averaged 10.8 points in 26.5 minutes this season with Cleveland. In 39 games with Milwaukee, it’s been 5.87 points and 19.7 minutes.

But like last season with the Cavs, Hill is on the top team in East, and in the case of the Bucks, the team with the league’s best record. He has also been a bigger part of things lately, as Bucks regular Malcolm Brogdon went down with a foot injury.

Hill, who turns 33 in May, will be a trade or buyout candidate this offseason, as his contract (worth $18 million) comes off the books at the end of 2019-20.

“Sometimes it’s hard to come to a new team that’s already one of the best in the league,” Hill said. “I’m just finding my way, the ways I can be effective in this offense with the minutes I’m given and trying to have fun doing it.”