Blog Entry

Roy Hibbert emerging thanks to... Josh McRoberts?

Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:25 am
Roy Hibbert went on 1070 The Fan in Indy to talk about the work he put in this summer, and dropped this nice nugget:
“I think it is because Josh McRoberts told me this is what we worked for all summer. Why we pushed each other so hard to be able to come down to these stretches in the game where we cant be tired. I’m seeing it pay off.”
via Sports Radio Interviews » Roy Hibbert Is the Best Player in the NBA That Nobody is Talking About .

So there you have it. Josh McRoberts is at least partially responsible (in tandem with Bill Walton) for turning into one of the best young big men in the league and a developing heir apparent to the title of "Next Great Big."

Hibbert's development can't be overstated as the big man is averaging 16.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.3 blocks (per-40's are even better : 21.3, 12.7, 4.0, 2.8). Darren Collison helps, Tyler Hansbrough helps, Brandon Rush's development and Danny Granger's return to form helps, but it's Hibbert that has been such a weapon for the Pacers, opening the entire floor up.

For his part, as much as McRoberts is often the butt of jokes, he really has become a good rotation player. He has a 21.3% defensive rebounding rate and a below-average but reasonable 13.3 PER. His role in helping Hibbert will likely not sit well with Duke haters.
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