Tim Donahue: Crooked Hook – Hibbert’s Wrist and Errant Shot
Anyone who has followed the Pacers this season – or who has followed me on Twitter –
is painfully aware that Roy Hibbert is having trouble putting the ball in the basket.
Standing 7-feet-2-inches tall and getting almost 80% of your looks within 10 feet of the
basket comes with certain expectations, and a trended FG% chart that looks like this
isn’t among them:
Missing three out of every five shots you take isn’t good for anyone, but it brings some
unwanted attention to the recent recipient of a $58-million dollar contract. The spotlight
gets even brighter when that players’ team is missing it’s leading scorer and struggling
Saturday, Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star
shed some light on what is likely a
contributing factor in Hibbert’s struggles, when he reported that the Georgetown product
had a wrist injury,
“I haven’t had any power in my right wrist,” Hibbert said. “So my
hand has been basically a stub.”
The injury traces back to last May’s playoff series vs. the Heat, but the severity of the
issue was only determined recently.
The team’s medical staff determined Dec. 14 that there was a
significant problem with his wrist.
“It doesn’t hurt. It just has weakness,” Hibbert said. “Things were
just out of whack. I was getting the shots I wanted with my right
hand, but a few would go completely off track. So my touch was
basically gone. That’s why I was shooting more shots with my left
hand in the post.”
Hibbert has been getting treatment on his wrist on a regular basis
since the injury was revealed.
After spending most of the season shooting below 40 percent from
the field, Hibbert went into Saturday having shot at least 50
percent from the field in four of the past five games.
Using Basketball-Reference’s great resources
, we can see how (or if) this injury is
manifesting itself in Hibbert’s effectiveness from the floor.
The spiderweb above shows Roy’s shot distribution by shot type for this season (blue)
and last (yellow). There are a couple of things worth mention. First, “tip shots” as a
percent of total have more than doubled year-over-year, but I’ll come back to that a
little later. The bigger point here is that the hook shot is a big part of the big man’s
Last year, almost 34% of Hibbert’s shots were hooks...CONTINUE READING AT 8p9s