Tyler Hansbrough Don't Get No Respect

Michael O'FlahertyContributor IApril 16, 2009

DETROIT - APRIL 06:  Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tar Heels defeated the Spartans 89-72. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tyler Hansbrough has never received any respect. Critics have always said, "He's too slow, he's too short, he's got no potential." What has the former player of the year got going for him? What has the man who stayed for another year to get the championship got going for him? What has the kid with no potential got going for him.

Tyler Hansbrough has got one and only one thing going for him.

Tyler Hansbrough is hungry. He wanted the "National Player of the Year" more than anyone, and he got it. He wanted the championship more than anyone, and he got it. Right now a pattern should be emerging.

Pegged by critic as the next in the line of short, slow, white centers, he was seen as Kevin Love, without the skills, upside, and body.

But Tyler is quicker than most people realize, he has a better shot than most people realize, he is a better player than most people realize. Tyler will never be a superstar, he will never be Kevin Mchale.

But come draft day when Pheonix is going to pick, when Portland is going to pick, do you want another project, another boom or bust player to complement your current stable of wannabes?

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You want a player who is smart, a player who will give you everything to make you a better team. A player who will work his heart out, who will do the garbage time, who will set picks, cover the other team's best player. You want someone prepared to slog, do the not so glamourous work. You want to know exactly what your getting with a draft pick.

I see Tyler Hansbrough as a better version of Kurt Rambis, a glue guy, a taller Shane Battier.