Next One from Georgetown

As the NBA’s pre-season continues to move forward, it becomes increasingly interesting to evaluate some of the Draft Night transactions which involved young men who had yet to play a single game in the NBA and were deemed by certain GM’s to be valuable building blocks for their respective franchises, or not.

Such is the case for Roy Hibbert [C, 7-2, 278, 2008 NBA Draft, No. 17 (overall) Selection].

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Hibbert shows he can score
Hibbert, the No. 17 pick in last summer’s draft, had his best offensive game of the preseason, scoring 17 points against the Grizzlies on Monday.Quantcast

“We really like Roy,” Pacers coach Jim O’Brien said. “He works his heart out. He knows how to put the ball in the basket around the basket. We couldn’t be happier with Roy right now.”

Hibbert came out of Georgetown labeled as being primarily a defensive player. Hibbert will help the Pacers defensively — he had three blocked shots against the Grizzlies — but he’ll also offer more. He had nine rebounds in 23 minutes.

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Time will tell just how effective Roy Hibbert is eventually going to be, in the NBA … but if this corner’s assessment proves to be correct, he is destined to have a long and productive career, as a ‘Robert Parrish-esque’ player, i.e. no fuss-no muss, consistent on both ends of the floor, plays within himself at all times, Rock Solid Big … following in the grand tradition of Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutumbo, Alonzo Mourning and [to a far lesser extent] Othella Harrington.

Of further intrigue, at least, to this corner, is the fact that he was acquired on Draft Night by a GM like Larry Legend [of all people 🙂 ], as part of the Pacers’ trade with the Raptors … i.e. Jermaine O’Neal + the 2008 NBA Draft No. 41 (overall) Selection [Nathan Jawai], in exchange for TJ Ford [PG] + Rasho Nesterovic [PF/C] + Maceo Baston [PF].

5 years from today … it is going to be very interesting to assess where the Raptors have gone, in the interim, with the front-court players they have right now … i.e. Chris Bosh, O’Neal, Andrea Bargnani, Kris Humphries, Nathan Jawai & Jamal Sampson … in comparison with the Pacers [i.e. Rasho Nesterovic, Jeff Foster, Troy Murphy, Austin Croshere, Josh McRoberts, Maceo Baston & Roy Hibbert].

It says here … that Larry Bird has his Center for the next 10-15 years, and the Pacers are but one or two more moves away from returning to the EC playoffs on a consistent basis.

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UPDATE:
* A 2nd set of solid numbers for Roy Hibbert
Box Score: Pacers 100, Mavericks 93 [Wed Oct 15 2008].

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4 Responses to “Next One from Georgetown”

  1. Travis Outlaw Says:

    Khandor,
    [i.e. Rasho Nesterovic, Jeff Foster, Troy Murphy, Austin Croshere, Josh McRoberts, Maceo Baston & Roy Hibbert]. doesn’t look or sound much better than
    Chris Bosh, O’Neal, Andrea Bargnani, Kris Humphries, Nathan Jawai & Jamal Sampson …
    In fact I would rather have the Raptors front court.

    So lets say WHAT IF…. the Raptors kept the #17 pick. Does (NEXT ONE FROM GEORGE TOWN) and CB4 make the Raptors any better?

  2. khandor Says:

    Travis,

    Where the Pacers bigs are comparable and maybe BETTER than the Raptors are right now, and in the immediate future … is in terms of their BALANCE SHEET … cha-ching … $$$$.

    An assessment of the assets on these two teams right now … has little, if anything, to do with a pairing of Bosh & Hibbert … who are both Centers, IMO; it is connected with the number of solid, young, talented players on their respective rosters, especially, as viewed by the other GM’s in the NBA.

    In this regard, IMO, the Pacers team is in a similar position to the Raptors, if not slightly ahead, at this time … which is a far cry from what most Raptors fans perceive to be the case, at least, right now.

  3. Travis Outlaw Says:

    Explain to me how Rasho Nesterovic(average), Jeff Foster(old veteran), Troy Murphy(average), Austin Croshere(should be retired), Josh McRoberts(Never really played belongs in the D-league), Maceo Baston(Nobody wants) & Roy Hibbert(rookie) is better than

    Chris Bosh, O’Neal, Andrea Bargnani, Kris Humphries, Nathan Jawai & Jamal Sampson …

    And I would add Jamario Moon to that mix.

    CB4 is already better than the whole Pacers front court combined. Now add a 6 time all-star in O’NEAL. And a former #1 pick. Steal in Moon. Rookie in Jawai. And Jamal Sampson won’t last long on the team.

  4. khandor Says:

    Travis,

    I said that the Pacers’ group of front-court players may well be better than the Raptors’ group of Bigs … in terms of these two teams’ respective balance sheets.

    If you go to a site like ESPN.com and check the salaries for these groups of players you will find the contribution each of these two groups makes toward their respective team’s salary cap.

    Personally, I have no interest in doing this right now … but, you are free to do so yourself.

    It’s my guess-estimate that you will find a major chunk of the Raptors’ Cap Money is tied up in this group of players for their team, in comparison with the contribution of the group of Bigs for the Pacers.

    In relative terms … from a financial investment standpoint and an on-court production standpoint … what you might find, as well, is that the Raptors’ group takes up a more-than-50% portion of the their team’s Money Allotment this season and will generate a less-than-50% share of
    their teams on-court production; while the Pacers’ group takes up a less-than-50% portion of their team’s Money Allotment this season and will generate a more-than-50% share of their on-court production … in which case,

    the Pacers’ group might well turn out to be a terrific investment for their team this coming season. 😉

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