Apr 14, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) and Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) battle for the ball during the fourth quarter at the Bradley Center. The Pacers defeated the Bucks 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Season Preview: Roy Hibbert vs Larry Sanders

For the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers player battle, I had to go to the battle of the big men.  You have Roy Hibbert in one corner, and Larry Sanders standing tall in the other corner.  Two guys that want to be right at that top of the list for best centers.  Two guys that if they are rolling are right there at the top. I think you have to give some advantage to Hibbert as he’s proven in that he made that All Star season two years ago, and last season, he was out of this world in the playoffs.  Sanders can look to Hibbert as that goal to become.  Larry Sanders is a guy that really does a lot on the defensive side that can make you think twice about going into the lane.  He’s also proved to be a temper guy when it comes to playing the Indiana Pacers.

I don’t know if that will come into play this coming season, but I think both guys have plenty to prove to the Eastern Conference and in this personal battle.  Roy Hibbert has to come in this season with plenty of confidence based upon the way he finished last season.  He was a big reason the Pacers were into that playoff run as much as they were. He’s such a “big” advantage when he has his head straight. He’ll have to come ready to go when it comes to playing against a quality center in Larry Sanders.

Sanders on that opposite hand wants to come in just to prove himself as a legit center.  We’ve seen him do what he can on defense, but the offense is limited.  He’s a guy that was at around 10 points a game last season, which is a great trend upward for him.  But he’s still got a ways to go to make himself a household name. But if he can put together some good games against the Indiana Pacers, who will be one of the top teams, then he’ll be on his way to proving that. He already finished third in Most Improved Player last season, which was won by a Pacers player in Paul George.

If you want to see a good big men battle, check out this series between the Bucks and Pacers.  Two men going at it in the post like those center battles back in the day.  Who said you can’t have a dominant center in the league anymore?

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