5 Reasons Why Indiana Pacers Should Trade Roy Hibbert This Offseason

Indiana Pacers Would Be Wise To Trade Roy Hibbert This Offseason

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This NBA postseason has been amazing. Five first-round series ended with Game 7s! Five! Unfortunately, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert doesn’t seem to be enjoying himself. The Pacers and Hibbert looked great for much of the season, but over the past couple of months the East’s No. 1 seed has struggled and barely beat the Atlanta Hawks in round one. Here are five reasons the Pacers should try to trade Hibbert this offseason.

5. The Pacers May Need A Fresh Start

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5. The Pacers May Need A Fresh Start

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The Pacers squeaked by the No. 8 seed Atlanta Hawks in round one, after looking terrible for the latter part of the regular season. The Pacers then started the second round with a loss at home to the Washington Wizards. The Wizards! The Wizards are playing well in the postseason, but if the Pacers continue to play uninspired and end up losing this series, they may need to look at retooling this offseason—which includes trying to trade Hibbert.

4. Seven-Footers Usually End Up Breaking Down Sooner Rather Than Later

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4. Seven-Footers Usually End Up Breaking Down Sooner Rather Than Later

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Hibbert, who is 7-foot-2, is only 27, but history has shown that basketball players who are seven feet or taller break down sooner on average. If the Pacers can’t get Hibbert in the right frame of mind and get his game back on track, why would they wait around and give his body a chance to break down while he’s not producing? They should cut bait while they can.

3. He Has Had Multiple Scoreless Games In the 2014 Postseason

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3. He Has Had Multiple Scoreless Games In the 2014 Postseason

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Hibbert is averaging 4.6 points this postseason – the lowest postseason average of his career. He has had multiple three scoreless games this postseason, including his performance in Game 1 of round two against the Wizards, where he also “contributed” no rebounds and five fouls in 18 minutes. In that game the Pacers shot 28 percent with Hibbert on the floor and 46 percent when Hibbert was on the bench.

2. He Is Not Rebounding Anymore

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2. He Is Not Rebounding Anymore

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Dude is 7-foot-2 and in March he averaged 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 in April and 3.3 in the postseason. Again, he is 7-foot-2! He should be able to grab five or six rebounds on accident and he’s only averaging 3.3 rebounds in the postseason. The lack of scoring could possibly be attributed to a slump, but a lack of rebounding? That just means he’s uninspired. Yes, it helps to have good instincts and skill, but rebounding is mainly about effort.

1. He Is Not Playing Defense

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1. He Is Not Playing Defense

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The lack of scoring is bad enough, but the Pacers cannot afford to have Hibbert, who was considered to be the front-runner for the Defensive Player of the Year for much of the season (Joakim Noah won the award), disappear on the defensive end. Simply put, Hibbert cannot be a liability on defense; he has to be a force and a game changer on the defensive end. Hibbert has not been that presence on defense for quite some time now.

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