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Roy Hibbert says he’s targeting Defensive Player of the Year, predicts Paul George as MVP

Nov 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

We didn’t formally reach out to Roy Hibbert to get his predictions for the 2013-14 season, but thanks to the availability of social media he was able to turn in his picks.

After the Pacers pulled away in the fourth to beat the Bulls on Wednesday and improv to a perfect 5-0 on the season, Hibbert let it be known that he’s after one regular season award, and believes one of his teammates is in line for another.

Hibbert was obviously feeling pretty good about himself after grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking five shots against Chicago, while helping to hold Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah to just 10 points combined on 3-of-12 shooting.

  1. supervillain910 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Dude is a beast.

    • dls612 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Not exactly! But he’s the better big man in the east!

  2. bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    He’s off to a great start. It’s wayyy to early though for this talk. Plus Anthony Davis might have a say in DPOY. Right now it has to be between Davis and Hibbert though, no?

    • redbaronx - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      @bougin89 – I’m an avid NBA follower and usually weigh in on topics, but I have yet to see Anthony Davis once this season. One thing I agree with the posters at the top is Hibbert is a beast!

      • bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        I agree. I don’t think anyone alters/blocks as many shots as Hibbert. He absolutely controls the paint on his end. I wasn’t trying to discredit Hibbert at all. I just think Anthony Davis is playing out of his mind right now as well. 4.0 bpg and 2.2 spg(he does play more minutes than Hibbert).

    • Kevin S. - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      You have to consider a healthy Howard to be in the mix, no?

      • bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Over the course of the season I would definitely think so. I was just commenting on the early part of the season. Both Hibbert and Anthony Davis are playing great. If history tells us anything Howard will definitely be in the mix.

  3. metalhead65 - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    what is wrong in being confident in yourself or in your teammate? sure it’s early but why not have goals that help the team as well as yourself?

  4. zerole00 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Best of luck to him, Howard seems to have healed up well, but I’m rooting for Hibbert to beat him.

  5. chitownmatt - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    If he keeps up 5 Bs a game, there ain’t no question; Hibbert is DPLOY.

    • bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      And he alters so many more than he gets credited with a block for. He is exceptional at protecting the rim, no doubt.

    • kinggw - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      That block rate is unsustainable. Leading the league in blocks doesnt guarantee you DPOY honors. Ibaka has led the league the past two years.

      Like Gasol, Hibbert plays on a strong defensive team so not that much is asked of him. He gets to just sit in the paint.

      In any event people, Hibbert included, should wait until at least 20 games have passed to start talking about individual awards.

  6. realfootballfan - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    To be as mediocre a player as he is, Hibbard sure talks alot.

  7. belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    When they get to 50-0 he might be on to something.

  8. antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Hibbert’s mouth has started early this season. This will make it the third year in a row he’s set himself up for disappointment with foolhardy statements in the press. It may be a sign of failure addiction.

    And people need to stop saying, “it’s early.” It’s not even early yet. If it was January then you could say it’s early. These teams right now are not even going to resemble the teams that are gearing up for the playoffs 6 months from now. In fact, by the time the playoffs start these games may as well have happened last year (which, by that time, they will literally have happened “last year”).

    As far as the individual awards are concerned… remember when Amare Stoudemire won MVP in 2010-11? So what Hibbert is saying – after 5 games – is beyond foolish.

  9. bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    “Hibbert’s mouth has started early this season.”

    “And people need to stop saying, “it’s early.” It’s not even early yet.”

    Contradict much? Is it earlier than early? Dude, I’m giving you a hard time because your hatred for the Pacers is comical. For a sell proclaimed nomad that’s “more knowledgeable and objective than the average fan” you sure have a hard time being just that.

    All Hibbert’s saying is his goal is to win DPoY. That’s wrong because?

    • bougin89 - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Whoops, meant to reply to anti up there. Button press fail.

  10. crrack - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Scola is better than Carmelo Anthony if Scola took as many shots as Melo and had as much playing time as Melo I would bet he would put up better #ers.

  11. crrack - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Scola is better than Anthony if Scola took as many shots as Melo and had as much playing time as Melo I would bet he would put up better numbers.

  12. kavika6 - Nov 9, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Arrogant punk. I still root for him over Miami though.

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