It seems that Roy Hibbert is finally hitting his stride this season. The former NBA All-Star has been leading the Indiana Pacers by example recently, both on and off of the court. Hibbert seems to be seriously stepping his game up, and the rest of the league needs to take notice.
On Monday night, after the Pacers nearly blew a 28-point lead against the Atlanta Hawks, Hibbert had some critical words for his team. Indiana came out inspired on Wednesday, building an early 19-point lead against the Houston Rockets, before letting Houston creep back into the game. The Rockets brought Indiana’s lead down to four points, but Hibbert and the Pacers held on behind an amazing game by their starting center, the best defensive team in the league defeated the highest scoring team in the league, 100-91.
Hibbert scored a season-high 28 points in Houston on Wednesday night, which is only two points shy of his career-high. The big man also added 13 rebounds, three blocks, and three assists to the victory. These stats are an indication of what Hibbert has been doing very often recently.
Over the last 14 games, Hibbert is averaging nearly 16 points, nine rebounds, and is shooting 48% from the floor. Hibbert has recorded 19 double-doubles so far this season, and seven of those have come over the last 13 games. If Indiana’s starting center can keep this kind of play up, then there is really no limit to what this team can do, or where this team may be able to go.