Jared Dubin: Examining Roy Hibbert’s Hook Shot Struggles
I understand why Frank Vogel likes this offensive action. It is tough to cover, it can create
open layups and it, sort of, allows you to get away with moving screens easily. What I’m
talking about is a staple in the Pacers half-court sets: an action where a perimeter player
feeds the post then rushes directly towards the recipient to cut off his shoulder towards
Roy Hibbert is having what can generously be described as a down year offensively. His
scoring average has dropped 3.1 per game, his field goal shooting has dropped 10.4%,
and he’s taking fewer free throws per game (while shooting a career low percentage from
the stripe) than any season save his rookie year, when he was playing half the minutes he
The problem, near as I can see, can be traced to the astonishing lack of accuracy Hibbert
has displayed on his trademark move: the hook shot. Not nine months ago, I took to
writing this post about the Hibbert hook and how it had become one of the most
devastatingly effective shots in the league. By the end of the regular season, Hibbert
taken taken 231 hook shots and connected on 145 of them, or 62.8%.
Courtesy of mySynergySports
This season, that number has tumbled all the way down to 48.0%. Hibbert has made just
36 of his 75 attempted hook shots so far. Knowing this, it’s not hard to see why his
production has declined in post-up opportunities, on cuts, and off offensive rebounds.
Hibbert’s best weapon is failing him.
From watching the video of Hibbert’s hooks, two main differences between this year and
last can be gleaned. First, he’s shooting too quickly off the catch far too often this season.
Last year, one of the most important factors in Hibbert’s game when deploying his hook
shot was his patience. He’d catch the ball in the post, wait out a cutter or two, back his
man down and drop the hook shot over him. There’s more “catch, hook” and “catch, one
dribble, hook” this season, and it’s not helping things.
Just 42.1% of Hibbert’s made hooks last year were of the assisted variety. He was doing
much of the creating himself once he established position and received the entry pass.
This season, Hibbert’s been assisted on 55.9% of his hooks, shedding light on how
differently those attempts have come.
Here’s a pretty good barometer...CONTINUE READING AT HOOP CHALK