Roy Hibbert has had plenty of struggles this season.credit: blogimages.thescore.com
Since earning a massive contract with the Indiana Pacers in the offseason, Roy Hibbert has had his fair share of troubles on the court. He is averaging a pedestrian 10 points and 9 rebounds per game, while his Player Efficiency Rating(PER) is still under 15, considered the league average. He’s shooting 38% from the field; not quite what you want out of a player earning nearly $14 million this season.
Hibbert proved his worth last postseason against the Miami Heat, where he proved to be a matchup nightmare. In a league that is leaning toward small lineups, a 7’2″ center with a post game can be deadly.
Despite his struggles, Roy Hibbert is still aiming high. Maybe a bit too high. Via Yahoo:
“People said I wouldn’t be in the NBA,” said Hibbert, the highest-paid Pacer at $13.8 million this season. “People said I wouldn’t be a starting center, this, that and the other. I just prove people wrong. I’m having a slump right now, but in the grand scheme of things I’m going to turn it around and hopefully be the best when it’s all said and done.”
Hibbert aims to top Dwight Howard as the widely accepted best center in the NBA. A fake Hibbert Instagram account took a shot at Howard recently and gained some traction on the Internet before it was debunked – “I’m the best center in the league #[expletive]Dwight” it read.
“That wasn’t me, but I will be the best center in the league one day,” Hibbert said.
This is big talk, particularly from a player who is struggling the way Hibbert is.
For the money he’s making, he should probably work his way into the conversation, right?
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