Roy Hibbert

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Roy Hibbert
Joakim Noah vs. Roy Hibbert.jpg
Hibbert facing Joakim Noah
No. 55 – Indiana Pacers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1986-12-11) December 11, 1986 (age 27)
Queens, New York
Nationality American / Jamaican
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (218 cm)
Listed weight 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school Georgetown Prep
(North Bethesda, Maryland)
College Georgetown (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Roy Denzil Hibbert (born December 11, 1986) is a Jamaican-American professional basketball center with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He graduated from Georgetown University in 2008. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors and was immediately traded to the Pacers on draft night. He has represented the Jamaican national team in international competition; he was eligible because he has dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship.[1][2] On February 9, 2012, Hibbert was selected to his first All-Star Game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference.

Background[edit]

Hibbert was born in Queens, New York City to Roy, Sr. and Patty Hibbert. His father is originally from Jamaica and his mother from Trinidad. The family moved to Adelphi, Maryland when Roy was two. Around that time, the New York Post states that his parents introduced him to basketball after they had "tried to get him to play tennis, then golf, then the piano."[3]

Hibbert attended Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland. The team was coached by Dwayne Bryant, who had attended Georgetown University as a varsity basketball player. Bryant introduced the still-awkward Hibbert to the GU campus.[4] Hibbert helped make Georgetown Prep's Little Hoyas co-champions of the Interstate Athletic Conference in 2004.[5]

Hibbert was successfully recruited by Georgetown coach Craig Esherick in 2003. However, Esherick was fired before Hibbert arrived on campus (Esherick's record in his last season as coach was 13–15). John Thompson III was hired as new head coach.

College career[edit]

Hibbert helped lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the 2006-07 conference championship.

Hibbert was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2006 along with teammate Jeff Green.[6] In 2007, he and Green were unanimous selections to the All-Big East First Team, with Green earning Big East Player of the Year honors. The two led the Hoyas to victory in the 2007 Big East Conference Championship for the first time since 1989 against the Pittsburgh Panthers; Hibbert contributed a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.[7] Before the 2007–08 season he was named Big East's preseason player of the year.[8] He was also named a pre-season All-American along with the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, whose North Carolina Tar Heels were upset by Hibbert's Hoyas in the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Hibbert had repeatedly said[citation needed] that he planned to play all four years and graduate from Georgetown, continuing the tradition of graduating Hoya centers such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. However, his performance in helping to lead the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four catapulted him into lottery pick status. Hibbert declared his eligibility for the 2007 NBA Draft, but did not sign with an agent. On May 23, 2007, Hibbert announced he would return to school for his senior season. Hibbert said of Georgetown, "My heart was here. ... I feel like I have unfinished business here."[9] Following the Hoyas' upset loss to Davidson in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Hibbert's collegiate career came to a close.

NBA career[edit]

Roy Hibbert posts up Marcin Gortat

Hibbert was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA draft. On July 9, 2008, his rights were traded to the Indiana Pacers. On July 15, he signed his first professional contract with the Pacers.[10]

In 2012, he was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the East.

In Game 1 of the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic, Hibbert recorded 9 blocks.

On July 13, 2012, Hibbert re-signed with the Pacers[11] on a reported four-year, $58 million contract.

On November 21, 2012, Hibbert set a career high by recording 11 blocks as part of a 10 point/11 rebound/11 block triple-double in a victory against the New Orleans Hornets. The 11 blocks also broke the franchise record for most blocks in a single game, and Hibbert became only the second player in Pacers history (alongside Jermaine O'Neal) to record a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double.

In Game 3 of a 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the New York Knicks, Hibbert recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in a Pacers win.[12]

During the post-game interview after Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Hibbert was fined $75,000 by the NBA.[13] Hibbert apologized for his comments in a statement released by the Pacers: "I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the postgame press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night," he said. "They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers' organization."[14]

International basketball[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Hibbert was the starting center on the U.S. team, which was composed of college players, at the 2007 Pan-American Games.[15]

In 2008, he began to represent Jamaican national team. He has dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship due to his father.[2] He was named captain of the team in 2010 and represented them in the 2010 Centrobasket.[16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Correct as of February 17, 2014

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Indiana 70 42 14.4 .471 .000 .667 3.5 .7 .3 1.1 7.1
2009–10 Indiana 81 69 25.1 .495 .500 .754 5.7 2.0 .4 1.6 11.7
2010–11 Indiana 81 80 27.7 .461 .000 .745 7.5 2.0 .4 1.8 12.7
2011–12 Indiana 65 65 29.8 .497 .000 .711 8.8 1.7 .5 2.0 12.8
2012–13 Indiana 79 79 28.7 .448 .250 .741 8.3 1.4 .5 2.6 11.9
2013–14 Indiana 73 73 30.2 .458 .400 .771 6.9 1.2 .4 2.4 11.2
Career 428 387 25.9 .472 .300 .732 6.9 1.6 .4 1.9 11.3
All-Star 2 0 11.0 .625 .000 1.000 4.0 1.5 .0 .0 5.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Indiana 5 5 26.4 .444 .000 .706 6.8 .6 .4 1.8 10.4
2012 Indiana 11 11 30.9 .500 1.000 .667 11.2 1.1 .4 3.1 11.7
2013 Indiana 19 19 36.5 .511 .000 .806 9.9 1.4 .2 1.9 17.0
Career 35 35 33.3 .500 1.000 .763 9.9 1.2 .3 2.3 14.4

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