Browsing Pacers.com and this article caught my attention talking about Tyler Hansbrough. He’s a guy who has seem to dropped off a bit this season. Last season was a full season for him as he had been injured previously, and I thought he stepped up his game as a starter and especially in that playoff series against the Bulls. There was a toughness he brought to the Pacers in that series, but he has seemed to lack that this season.
Is it the move to the bench? That could be a reason because you think about starting all last season, and now the coach wants you to come off the bench. Does that mean Tyler did something wrong or that his game isn’t good enough to start? With him, I don’t think that would totally enter his mind, but he might not be as confident. He’s stepped up in a few games, and you can point to the games against Charlotte as great examples because his average has jumped against that team.
He does bring a great energy to that second unit, which is why I think Coach Vogel went that route. Bringing in Tyler and George Hill gives a scoring punch to the second unit. Tyler can out hustle many players in the NBA, which is a good thing as well.
He just needs to keep up his confidence and make sure he doesn’t try too much to get his shot. He can get it with the flow of the offense, and doesn’t need to be fifteen feet away from the basket for a drive that usually ends up in some flailing motion. That would be my one complaint about his game, while he is a hustler, I feel he’s a bit erratic with movement, but that’s just part of his game. He’s a guy who’s out there to make you work for whatever you’re doing, and he’s going to work for what he needs to get.
Overall, I think Tyler can find his niche again for this team,and the Pacers will be a better team for it. He will continue to improve with his shot selection. He can go out and give you some energy on the defensive side, grab some rebounds, and be that hustler you need. Come playoff time, he’s a guy the Pacers will need for some muscle, and I know he will be able to do that.