It’s not that Hansbrough isn’t capable of doing that all the time, considering he’s 6-foot-9 and can carry his weight very well inside at 250 pounds. But he’s been relatively quiet in the rebounding end for most of the season. He’s averaging 6.6 points and 4.3 boards per game.
But, it was definitely a different Hansbrough against Orlando. He’s been averaging 16.1 minutes a game and got 27 against the Magic. He didn’t necessarily shoot the ball well, going 4-of-14, but he took it aggressively to the hoop and got to shoot 6-of-7 in free throws.
His 14 rebounds were impressive, especially nine on the offensive end. That’s excellent for any inside player.
On Monday, Hansbrough got 23 minutes of action and was 6-of-12 from the floor and 6-of-7 at the line but brought down 11 boards, five them on the offensive end. Those stats make Hansbrough an attractive player for anyone’s roster. He’s been so-so on free throws all season, but shot 16 of 18 in his last three games.
After the Orlando game, Hansbrough noted that he was able to get good looks and focus on his rebounding. He was appreciative of getting plenty of playing minutes to help him do his thing.
Hansbrough just has to be pleased with his playing minutes by making the most of them. He’s likely to get more playing minutes after his splendid performance Tuesday. He’s more than deserving.