Indiana Pacers

Roy Hibbert Goes to Sleep Thinking About Winning Defensive Player of the Year

Nov 6, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the game against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers won 97-80. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports
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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

Following a comfortable win over the Chicago Bulls, Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers are now 5-0 and looking like legitimate title contenders.

Hibbert was once again a dominant force without scoring much. He finished the game with 10 rebounds, eight points and five blocks.

Afterward, he took to Twitter to talk about the possibility of winning the league's Defensive Player of the Year award:

Hibbert must have caught a little flack for talking himself up, because less than 10 minutes later he followed up with this:

He's absolutely right in thinking that playing DPOY-caliber defense will help his team win. It already is.

The Pacers are the only undefeated team left in the NBA, and Hibbert leads the league with a staggering 5.2 blocks a game. His presence around the rim makes buckets significantly harder to come by for the opposition. Just ask the Bulls, who scored a whopping 14 points in the paint Wednesday night.

And it's not just tonight. Hibbert's been dominant through all five games.

Obviously, this is an extremely small sample size, but right now it doesn't look like there's a better defensive anchor in the league.

His teammate Paul George is certainly a factor on that end too. And Hibbert talked him up as well:

If both keep up the pace they're currently on, they'll definitely be real contenders for those awards.

And if Hibbert's predictions prove prophetic, Indiana fans will have a possible championship team on their hands.


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