It’s great to see two guys who have stepped up their game and are getting back to where they should be in Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert. My complaint about Roy Hibbert is he’s not consistent enough, one night he’ll put up 17 points, but the next night he’ll put up 5 or 6. It’s hard to explain why he disappears in those games, but now I’ve seen him put together a good string of games. Since last week’s game against the New York Knicks, Hibbert has scored 24 points in that game, 13 points against the LA Clippers, 19 points against the Washington Wizards, and 19 points last night against the Phoenix Suns. He should be a double double guy, and hopefully this trend of double figures in scoring will continue.
Tyler Hansbrough is another guy who’s coming back around. Last season, he looked really good at times, and bounced back after that case of vertigo that knocked him out most of the previous season. This season, early on, he wasn’t scoring too much off the bench, but was putting up double figures here and there. Recently, he’s been more of a scoring punch, which is what the second unit needs, and he’s bringing that toughness that will be missed now that Jeff Foster has retired. I think Tyler Hansbrough can be that type of player, a guy who goes out and leaves it all out there. We see that edge he had in the game against the LA Clippers, where he was taken to task against Blake Griffin, and he held his own, maybe even getting the better of Griffin at times. Over the past five games for Hansbrough, he’s right at 10 points, which is fine for a bench guy, and there’s been a couple of games of 15 points or more, so that’s nice to see.
These two guys to me are so important for the Pacers and the long term plan for this team. They can be great players, but I can also see them being great people in the community. Hibbert seems to embrace the city of Indianapolis, and I like to see that because that’s what the Pacers need to get fans back in the stands and get that support going again. As long as Hibbert and Hansbrough continues their resurgence, and the Pacers can keep winning games, the future looks bright here.