Indiana Pacers: Which Pacer Belongs in the NBA All-Star Game

Ernest ShepardAnalyst IIIJanuary 31, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16:  Roy Hibbert #55 and Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers react after the game against the Boston Celtics on March 16, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 92-80. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Danny Granger or Roy Hibbert? When looking at the Indiana Pacers, the question is which player most deserves to be in the NBA All-Star game?

Several strong arguments can be made for both players and one thing is for certain: The Pacers should have an All-Star.

Making a case for Danny Granger.

Granger is the Pacers' most recognizable name, and has improved his numbers in the last couple of weeks. Looking at the last 10 games for Danny Granger (19 points and 4.4 rebounds per game), you see one significant change: his shooting percentage during the 10 game stretch is .445.

That's a far cry from the sub-.400 shooting percentage that Granger started the season with, which suggests that his shot selection has improved.

The argument against Granger is the fact that this has been been his worse statistical season since his sophomore campaign. We are talking about a player who was one of the NBA's top 10 scorers in two ('08-'10) of his six years in the league? That was two seasons ago, and Granger's performance has dwindled ever since.

Making a case for Roy Hibbert.

Roy Hibbert is a hard worker with unnoticed athleticism. This has been Hibbert's best season as a pro (13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game) and it couldn't come at a better time for him.

The NBA as a whole is without a ton of centers. In fact, in the Eastern Conference Dwight Howard is the only center of significance with Atlanta's Al Horford out for the season. New Jersey's Brook Lopez is injured and Joakim Noah is just starting to come on strong.

The knock on Hibbert's chances is the latter.

Joakim Noah is drastically improving and if he returns to form, it will be hard for Roy Hibbert to crack the All-Star team, unless the coaches go with more size.

Either way, there is a great chance that the Indiana Pacers will have an All-Star representative. The question again is will it be Danny Granger or Roy Hibbert?