November 19, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza (1) passes the ball as Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) defends in the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Indiana Pacers Spotlight: Roy Hibbert

This week belongs to Mr. Roy Hibbert.  As you read yesterday, I wrote him a letter, and today I’ll be singing his praises as he put together a great game last night.  Now he’s just got to be that consistent, and this Pacers team can get their money’s worth out of him.  Each week, I’ll feature a player and try to post up as much as I can about them.  If you look around our Hub area, there are a few treats for Mr. Hibbert.

Having his family in attendance must done wonders for Roy Hibbert as he put together his best game of the season last night.  Also, there was a phone call from Coach Frank Vogel, and Hibbert promised to deliver a 20-10 game, which he did.  So the Pacers need to get the Hibbert family to every game, and Vogel needs to deliver a phone call each time out.  Or maybe Hibbert just needs to get that confidence all up and know he can become a focal point for the Pacers.

I know I’ve kept stating how it’s just a confidence issue, but it’s what I believe is the biggest weakness for Hibbert.  Sure, he might miss a shot here and there, but it’s how he carries himself after that shot that says so much more.  He doesn’t have that physical presence after a few misses.  But last night, he showed that he could get in position and put up points.  How about a handy dandy shot chart from last night to show where Hibbert did most of his damage?  From the looks of it, most of his work was done in the post, go figure.  So it’s not like he can’t get into the post, and score.

It’s truly on him to get that mind set that he can become this type of player that all Pacer fans want him to be.  Explosive at times.  Soft touch around the basket other times.  Rebounding machine at times.  Shot blocker most times on defense.  Those should be the phrases we can use to describe Hibbert’s game.  I would think “most” would be ideal for Hibbert and the work he can do. No more small games of 5 points and 4 rebounds.  He’s a double double guy if he wants to.  He’s got to what to be that, and I think last night’s game could be a step in that direction.

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