Roy Hibbert believes he’s the best defensive center in the NBA.
“Yes,” Hibbert said, matter-of-factly, when posed the question of whether he ranks atop the league’s big men in that category.Hibbert ranks second among qualified centers in block percentage, which doesn’t reveal the number of shots a properly positioned defender alters altogether.
“He's the best in the league at earning no-calls at the rim,” Frank Vogel said earlier in the Pacers’ series against the New York Knicks. “That's where he's grown the most over the last four years. We know the way to beat the Knicks is to make plays without fouling them. You have to make plays on the ball without fouling. That's the goal.”
Hibbert honed that skill in summer workouts with Vogel after his first couple of seasons in the NBA.
“Those types of concepts were things I worked with Roy on,” Vogel said. “Put the back of your hands on the front of the rim. Don't go outside the paint to give help. If you're in the charge circle and not on