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Jordan Hill proving himself to be Lakers' go-to No. 2 player

LOS ANGELES -- Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James made up Plan A. Pau Gasol was Plan B. Jordan Hill? Is there such a thing as Plan J? The Lakers re-signed Hill only after it became apparent that neither Anthony nor James would head west and Gasol would travel east. Then the Lakers acquired Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, either of whom was a good bet to be the Lakers' second-best player. Plenty of Lakers followers, intoxicated by a top-10 draft pick, predicted rookie Julius Randle would be more productive than Hill. They were wrong. Hill has established himself as the Lakers' second-most important player after Kobe Bryant, recently ending a career-high run of six consecutive double-...

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