Roy Hibbert has been playing fantastic basketball this season. He hasn’t had any one over-powering night that left you double-taking at the stat sheet. (A “Kevin Love Game,” if you will.) But he has been so consistent and reliable that this I’m pretty sure this is the best 10-game stretch of his career.
Through 10 games, he is easily averaging career-highs in points (14.1), rebounds (9.9), FG% (54.5%) and — perhaps most encouragingly — minutes (29.2). In advanced stat news, he is also posting personal bests in PER (21.6), true shooting percentage (56.5%), rebound rate (18.6%), defensive rebound rate (26.4%), offensive rating (108) and defensive rating (95).
Between all this, and him logging his sixth double-double of the year during Indiana’s dominating win over Atlanta last night (he had 12 points, 11 boards, 4 blocks in 24 minutes), it was no big surprise that NBA TV’s “Gametime Live” program tapped him for a post-game interview.
In answering questions from Greg Anthony, Dennis Scott and host Vince Cellini, he spoke on the team’s acquisition of David West and his own conditioning, among other things. But the best insight came from his talk in general about why the team’s offense has, at times, looked better than the past few years (and at the very least, looked different).
“The teams I’ve been on here in the past were just come down, one pass, shoot three,” said Hibbert. “Right now, we’re a physical team. We like to go inside-out. We have very capable passers. And the guards know that when we get the ball down low in the post, if they cut hard and if they space the right way, we’ll get them open shots. And that leads to less double teams, and us bigs going to work in the post.”
Watch the rest of his thoughts below.