He also brings rebounding along with his defense and couples those with solid passing skills.
Roy's rebounding often gets underestimated. Why? Because it mainly comes on the offensive side and it often results in missed tips. But he is averaging 3.9 offensive boards per game. That's good for 6th in the league. Only Anderson Varejao, Zach Randolph, Tyson Chandler, JJ Hickson and Kenneth Faried average more offensive rebounds per game. And everyone of those players averages more than 10 RPG.
Hibbert's rebounding numbers are low because he doesn't get a lot of defensive rebounds. Why, you ask?
Let me explain it a bit:
1) Hibbert is averaging 2.8 blocks per game. He is #3 in the league behind Larry Sanders (3 blocks per game) and Serge Ibaka (3.1 blocks per game). As we all know when a player jumps for a block he rarely ends up with the defensive board.
2) Paul George is averaging 7 rebounds per game. He is tied for #6 in the league among SFs along with Luol Deng. 6.1 of those 7 rebounds come on the defensive side of the ball. He is #4 in defensive rebounds behind Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kenneth Faried. Yes, he is up there with the elite of SFs that mostly play PF anyway when it comes to defensive rebounding. Paul is a beast on defensive boards and we all know it.
3) Lance Stephenson is averaging 3.1 rebounds per game. He is tied for #17 in the league among SGs. 2.7 of those 3.1 rebounds come on the defensive side of the ball.
4) George Hill is averaging 4.4 rebounds per game. He is tied for #3 in the league along with Stephen Curry, Jason Kidd and Greivis Vasquez. Only Russel Westbrook and Rajon Rondo are better rebounders than George Hill. 3.9 of those 4.4 rebounds come on the defensive side of the ball. He is tied for #2 along with Greivis Vasquez second only to Rajon Rondo's 4.1 defensive rebounds per game.
5) David West is averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. He is tied for #8 in the league along with LaMarcus Aldridge and Reggie Evans. 5.9 of those 8.1 rebounds come on the defensive side of the ball. He is #9 in defensive rebounding among PFs.
6) Last but not least, the Pacers are #2 in defensive rebounding in the league.
So, to recap:
George Hill is a top 3 rebounder for a PG. Paul George is a top 10 rebounder for a SF overall and top 5 in defensive rebounds. David West is a top 10 for his position as well. Lance Stephenson is #17 and most of his rebounds are defensive ones. The Pacers themselves are #2 in defensive rebounding.
Couple that with the fact that Hibbert is mainly used as a shot blocker and rim protector and one can easily understand why he is not getting as many defensive rebounds as he could.
PS: I'm using ESPN's leaderboard for the rankings. Therefore, I'm not including players that are not qualified for the leaderboard. Some of those players (like Kyle Lowry and Kevin Love for example) would be higher than our players if they played more game. But that doesn't change the fact that every Pacer starter is an excellent rebounder.
Let me give thanks to the Indiana Pacers for the $12/12/12 deal. It allowed me and my family an enjoyable Pacers experience during the holidays. Can't wait to attend again on Monday.
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
Is it possible that 10 years from now, we'll look back at the 2010 draft as one of the all time best for us?
Very, very excited about the future for both Lance and Paul.
Also, there's no way that we're anywhere close to best defense in the NBA without Hibbert, either. He changed the outcomes of so many Suns possessions last night. Rewatch the game and see for yourself. Offense would be awesome gravy on top, but I like what he's bringing on the other side of the posessions.
And JO is averaging 1.5blocks/game in 17min of play. Pretty damn good.
First time in a long time, I've been happy with the team that was constructed, and now they struggle. I blame the coach.
Last edited by CableKC; 12-29-2012 at 04:26 PM.
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Both of those reasons involve Roy Hibbert and David West. West is 30th among PF's in rebounds per 48. He plays a lot of minutes but his numbers on the boards don't show it. He truly is not a strong rebounder. Roy as you noted is good on the offensive boards but weaker on the defensive boards. I don't think this would be a problem at all if we had sort of an "anchor" on the boards at PF. But we don't.
Now the rest of the team does rebound well, but come playoff time in a the last 5 minutes when the Heat, Boston, or maybe Atlanta are desperate for extra possessions, guys like LBJ, KG, and Josh Smith will NOT be denied on the offensive boards. This will be a reoccurring problem.