According to Scott Carefoot’s latest positional rankings over on The Basketball Jones, Roy Hibbert is now the fifth best center in the league.
5. (7.) Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers — 2010-11 stats: 20 GP, 29.8 MPG, 15.4 PPG, 3.1 APG, 8.5 RPG, 0.4 SPG, 1.9 BPG, .512 FG%, .000 3P%, .750 FT%, 20.4 PER
Hibbert says that his nickname at Georgetown was BMW — meaning “‘Body Made Wrong.” He dropped 30 pounds this off-season, practiced his passing out of the post with Bill Walton and trained with MMA fighters. Now you could call him “VW” because he’s playing Very Well. His 3.1 assists per game trails only Al Horford among NBA centers, but Pacers coach Jim O’Brien says, “He’ll average, I believe within a year or two, seven assists a game.”
The most common question I get about the team is whether or not Roy Hibbert will be an All-Star this year. It’s certainly a possibility. The East starting will obviously be Dwight Howard and there are rarely more than two centers selected, however.
That means that one of Al Horford (who TBJ ranked fourth), Joakim Noah (sixth) and Andrew Bogut (seventh) will not be invited to All-Star Weekend. If Amar’e Stoudemire is voted in as a center (third), then it’s possible none of these guys makes it.