NBA Free Agency 2012: Why the 76ers Must Go After Roy Hibbert

Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIIJune 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 24:  Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers shoots against Joel Anthony #50the Miami Heat in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 24, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.The Heat defeated the Pacers 105-93 to win the series. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Roy Hibbert was a star in Indiana, and he guided the Pacers to the second round of the NBA Playoffs in 2012.

However, he's a free agent now, and you can guarantee that some teams will go after the star Pacer center.

Philadelphia lacks an elite big man, and Hibbert is definitely a guy who could change that. While they will have to throw a lot of cash at Hibbert to pry him away from Indiana, he is definitely worth it.

Hibbert is a good rebounder and a good scoring threat down low, and he would fill a gaping hole for Philadelphia. If the Sixers had a good big man, they probably would have beat the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.

Even though Hawes had a solid jump shot, he struggled to grab rebounds against the worst rebounding team in the NBA (during the regular season), the Celtics. Thanks to that, the Celtics beat the Sixers in seven games.

Hibbert is a good rebounder, and he is also a great defender. He averaged 2 blocks per game in 2011-12, and he protects the rim with authority. For the Sixers, a team built around defense, his defensive presence would vastly improve the team.

On offense, he isn't bad either. Hibbert has become a good post player, and he has a solid jump hook. Hibbert has done a great job at creating scoring opportunities for himself, which is why his field goal percentage is 49.7 percent.

Philadelphia has great perimeter defense, as Andre Iguodala is one of the game's best defenders and Evan Turner is moving into that category. However, their interior defense isn't as good.

While Hibbert isn't a great perimeter defender, he is good at defending big men. He is tough, strong and physical, and he is exactly the guy Philadelphia needs down low to do the dirty work.

The Pacers will definitely want to keep their big man. They are a great team, and they are getting better and becoming one of the elite teams in the East. However, the Sixers have it pretty good too.

Philadelphia has two great, young guards in Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, and both defend well, drive to the hoop well, and shoot well. They have a great defensive small forward in Andre Iguodala, although he could be traded.

Philadelphia does have a solid power forward in Lavoy Allen, but overall, they have a bad frontcourt. All the Sixers really need to become a contender is an elite big man.

And Roy Hibbert happens to be an elite big man.

Philadelphia has a great chance at contending in the East, and their title chances would skyrocket if they could persuade Hibbert to sign with the Sixers. If they throw a lot of money at him and let Lou Williams and Spencer Hawes walk, they could definitely sign Hibbert.

And if they signed Hibbert, they would immediately become contenders. So all they really have to do this offseason is sign Roy Hibbert.