For all the talks about Mount Rushmores this week, presumptive Defensive Player of the Year Pacers center Roy Hibbert had an interesting take on what it would mean if he were to win the award. Hibbert says it would put him in some exclusive company that means a lot to him.
"For me,Georgetown is the Mount Rushmore of bigs," Hibbert said Friday at All-Star availability, "with Dikembe (Mutombo) Alonzo (Mourning, and Patrick (Ewing). Winning Defensive Player of the Year would mean a lot to me because of those guys. I wouldn't be here if it weren't for Georgetown, so that would mean a lot to me.
Hibbert's impact comes mostly in non-box-score-measurable ways, but here's how the "Georgetown Mount Rushmore" would look if Hibbert won DPOY to add himself to the list, including Defensive Rating which calculates opponent points per 100 possessions with the player on-court.
Hibbert would be the youngest Hoya of the group to win the award.
|Georgetown's defensive NBA centers|
|Player||1st DPOY||Age||Blocks||Rebs.||Def. rating|
|Patrick Ewing||None, using '94||31||2.7||11.2||93|
|Roy Hibbert||None, using '14||27||2.5||7.7||94|