Indiana Pacers

In Roy Hibbert, We Trust

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 23:  Roy Hibbert #55 of the Indiana Pacers goes up against David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks during the game at Madison Square Garden February 23, 2009 in New York City.  The Knicks won 123-119.  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 Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Daniel SmithCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

Standing at 7'2," Roy Hibbert is big, but can he take Indiana to the big game?

Ever since Rik Smits has retired, the Pacers have lost the big man in the post.

Yeah the Pacers had Jermaine O'Neal, but was he a true center? No.

The Pacers have had, Rash Nestrovic, Dale Davis, Jeff Foster and others playing center at one point or another.

But not a solid center like the franchise needs. Hibbert has potential to hit mid range jumpers, rebound and gives us that force again at center.

Being only 22 years old, I still think hibbert is two years away from showing his true potential.

But this year can be a bust-out year to show the Pacers, and their fans, who he really is.

In 70 games last yea,r he averaged 7.1 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, including 1.1 blocks per game in only 14 minutes.

With more minutes and uninterrupted game play, he can develop a game flow you can see numbers similar to 14-16 points per game, seven-to-eight rebounds and one-to-two blocks per game.

He can be one dangerous, good, and hardworking player, but we'll have to see though.

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