Thunder signs 7-foot center Steven Hill

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: November 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm •  Published: November 4, 2008
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The Thunder has signed Steven Hill, a 7-foot center out of Arkansas. The move comes one day after the team released point guard John Lucas III.

Hill, who went undrafted this year, averaged 4.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots as a senior with the Razorbacks last season. Hill was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year during his junior season after averaging 2.8 blocks and 1.1 steals.

Hill returns the Thunder’s roster to the league-mandated maximum of 15 players.

Hill will be on the bench for Wednesday’s game against the Celtics, but it’s unlikely Hill will see playing time over centers Johan Petro, Robert Swift and Mo Sene. Because Hill is a rookie, he is eligible to be sent to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA’s Developmental League.

Coach P.J. Carlesimo said in October that the team’s 15th roster spot will fluctuate based on need this season.

“It’s not going to be a spot that we put a guy on a team and he’ll be our 15th man for the whole year,” Carlesimo said. “It’s a guy who might be there for two months. It’s a guy who might be there for two days.”

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