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After anchoring one of the most powerful defensive units in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers rewarded center Roy Hibbert with a four-year, $58 million contract (via Indy Star). Through nine games of the 2012-13 NBA season, Hibbert is making them regret such an action.
No matter how well he's played on defense.
As of November 16th, Hibbert is averaging 8.2 points on 38.6 percent shooting from the floor. This comes at a time in which the Pacers are relying heavily on Hibbert's offensive versatility out of the post.
The reason for this dependence is the fact that Danny Granger will miss three months of action after receiving an injection in his left knee to treat patellar tendinosis (via ESPN).
According to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com, Hibbert is well-aware of the fact that he must improve. In fact, he's already targeted the source of his struggles.
“It’s very frustrating,” Hibbert said, cooperative but looking a little tortured. “It’s very hard to get into a rhythm … personally. I think I’m doing good defensively, but offensively I need to get going and help the team out. I want to do more than I have been. I have to figure out a way to get that done."
Until Hibbert starts picking up his production on the offensive end of the floor, the Pacers will continue to struggle to string together victories. Their defense is top-notch, but they've long struggled with scoring the basketball.
Thus far, they're averaging an NBA-worst 87.8 points per game. Hibbert shooting less than 40 percent certainly doesn't help the cause.