Make no mistake – Malcolm Hill was a success story among the myriad signings that took place in the NBA this past winter amid a league-wide COVID-19 outbreak. After appearing against the Chicago Bulls during his brief stint with the Atlanta Hawks, the Illinois graduate later joined the Windy City crew and eventually played himself into a two-way contract.
Sure, he was only briefly in Billy Donovan’s rotation, but the fact that he went from scrapping in the G League and receiving 10-day contracts to one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference was no small matter.
It may not be Stanley Johnson’s story, but it was a huge win for the well-travelled player. And it looks like Hill isn’t done notching the W column, either.
Bulls bring Hill back into the herd for 2022-23
According to a report by The Athletic’s Shine CharaniaHill and the Bulls will rekindle their relationship next season with a new two-way contract.
The two-time All-Big-Ten pick last appeared for Chicago in the Las Vegas Summer League, a run in which he averaged 13.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 25.0 minutes per contest . He also hit 47.4% of his attempts from three-point range.
He also showed himself 10-15 pounds lighter to improve his efficiency on the pitch. the athlete‘s Darnell Mayberry rated his performance as follows:
His league performance over the summer was solid but unspectacular. Hill had his best game in the finals, scoring 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Before that he was just quiet. He could have helped himself with one or two more outstanding performances. Hill’s rebounds, passing, outside defense and the presence of the veterans were critical to the team’s success. It was a continuation of his time in the Bulls rotation from January to February. Hill is just playing his part and helping out in any way he can.
Hill now occupies a two-way spot alongside forward Justin Lewis. Whether Lewis will continue to be his running mate remains to be seen, however. The undrafted rookie tore his right cruciate ligament during a private off-team practice session last month.
Before joining the Bulls, Hill lived the life of a hardwood vagabond
Despite having a solid frame for an NBA wing at 6ft 6 and over 220 pounds with a wingspan of about 6ft 9, it took Hill a hot minute to get that far in his quest to stay in the association .
After biting the apple with the Oklahoma City Thunder leaving college in 2017, Hill had to go to the Philippines to sign his first pro contract with the PBA’s Star Hotshots.
From there he played with two German teams, a Utah Jazz Summer League entry, a club in Kazakhstan, another in Jerusalem, the New Orleans Pelicans (as a camp player), the G League’s Birmingham Squadron and the Hawks before he finally did landing in Chi-Town.
If he can keep petting the three like he did in Summer League and add value in a few other areas, his Bulls stint could prove more fruitful than some of his previous rounds.
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