Every day this week, I will be writing an in-depth article covering each member of the Indiana Pacers 2012-13 starting lineup. The first of these detailed discussions will cover starting center, Roy Hibbert.
Hibbert will be entering his fifth season in the NBA, and his fifth season with the Indiana Pacers. After career-high performances in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, Hibbert found himself as one of the most coveted free agents in the off season. After a few tumultuous weeks of rumors about whether Roy would or wouldn’t stay in Indiana, the Pacers signed the 7ft 2in Eastern Conference All-Star to a max four-year $58 million contract.
Roy made his first NBA All-Star appearance in 2012. In the playoffs, Hibbert had a career-high nine blocks in a losing game one effort against the Orlando Magic. Hibbert continued to play well through the Magic series, and Orlando did not win another game. In a game three victory against the Miami Heat, Hibbert racked up 22 points and 18 rebounds. Although the Pacers fell short against Miami in the series, the post season experience will be valuable moving forward.
Roy Hibbert has shown growth in both attitude and performance during each year of his pro career. He has stepped up as a leader on this young team, and as a face for the franchise. True centers are hard to find in today’s NBA. If the Pacers use Hibbert’s substantial talents to their advantage, then this team could truly be title contenders for years to come.