Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert had a shaky start to the 2012-13 NBA regular season, but really got going towards the end of the year and finally exploded in the playoffs. Hibbert not only remained the defensive anchor of the best defensive team in the league, but also put on some terrific scoring performances.
This summer the point of emphasis for the elite center seems to be bulking up. The team’s head coach, Frank Vogel, had the following to say regarding how Hibbert has changed over the summer:
“I think he’s got some photographers from Men’s Fitness on there doctoring them up or something because he looks pretty big in those pictures, doesn’t he? Naw, I’m just kidding. I saw him yesterday in my office. He’s really bulking up and really excited about just being even more of a physical presence, especially on the offensive end — really pounding defenders down low and playing our identify of smash-mouth basketball.”
Hibbert is already a giant and a handful to deal with, especially on the defensive end. He has also been able to stay durable and if he is able to become even more of a physical presence, while still maintaining his speed, the Pacers could be even scarier next season.