1) Tyler brings a more physical presence down low next to a skilled and long, but not muscular, Hibbert. Josh does a lot of things well, but he is not pushing folks around the paint.
2) Tyler's ability to draw fouls is best used on starters.
3) Roy is defending the rim pretty well, getting blocks. Josh's ability to do the same might be more valuable when Roy is sitting.
4) Roy and Tyler also had great chemistry in meaningless games in Summer League '09 (like Roy/Josh '10).
I do not find these things persuasive given where the team is right now. Quite frankly nobody knows what we have in either player since neither one has spent quality time against starters in meaningful games. We will be in a better position to comment after some real games get played.
At this point in time, I would agree that McRoberts can play PF and C.
Like you, I have not yet been impressed with Foster, but I suppose he will have situations where his experience might prove useful defensively. I would NOT play Foster at PF, but would only use him off the bench at C.
It was easy to be impressed with Hansbrough tonight. From my perspective, a combination of Hibbert / McRoberts performs a little better than Hibbert / Hansbrough since a lot of Hansbrough's utility is down low.
That being said, I still think I might be tempted to start the pair of Hibbert / Hansbrough. My reason is that I would shorten the playing rotations in the front-court, using primarily three players (Hibbert, McRoberts, Hansbrough). Since McRoberts is capable of playing both PF and C, whereas Hansbrough is not, it only makes sense that McRoberts would be the first big off the bench.
We have 96 minutes available in the front-court. Without trading for a new player, I would play the three primary players at least 27 minutes each, limiting Foster to no more than 15 minutes.
In light of another thread, it probably surprises everyone that I propose playing two youngsters ahead of more experienced players, but my opinion is that both players are playing much better than any of the available experienced players. I think Rolle and SJones can get their opportunities in games where one or more of the three primary players get into foul trouble.
I think both McRoberts and Hansbrough are fantastic.
I only base my judgments of them on what I've seen from them in Pacers' uniforms.
And McRoberts has been the far more impressive player in my eyes.
play or are hoping that no one else has with a comment like that.
I haven't been around long enough to know Naptown_Seth's history regarding Tyler, but I'm guessing I'm in the same boat as him. As a Pacer fan, I really want Tyler to succeed and surprise me. We need him to play serious minutes and do more than just hold his own.
However, I'm not going to just change from skeptical to a believer because he beat the crap out of Joe Alexander in a preseason game.
"As a bearded man, i was very disappointed in Love. I am gathering other bearded men to discuss the status of Kevin Love's beard. I am motioning that it must be shaved."
Do you really think you're saying anything we have not heard before? As for the Maryland game, we were told to leave the ACC out of this, otherwise the 4 times that he made Josh look like a total scrub might have come up by now.
I see what others see in McBob and I like it. Fantastic passing big man, great court awareness, athleticism and a great motor. Really not much to like...and I saw all of that stuff last year too...if only he had a chance.
But the dude is irrelevant. No future at all in the NBA.