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Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert Pacers.jpg
Hibbert with the Pacers in 2014
Personal information
Born (1986-12-11) December 11, 1986 (age 31)
Queens, New York
Nationality American / Jamaican
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Georgetown Prep
(North Bethesda, Maryland)
College Georgetown (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17th overall
Selected by the Toronto Raptors
Playing career 2008–2017
Position Center
Career history
20082015 Indiana Pacers
2015–2016 Los Angeles Lakers
2016–2017 Charlotte Hornets
2017 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Roy Denzil Hibbert (born December 11, 1986) is a Jamaican-American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a two-time NBA All-Star, and earned NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors in 2014. He was widely considered one of the best shot blockers while playing for the Indiana Pacers and one of the best defensive players in the league.

Hibbert played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas and was named a consensus second-team All-American as a senior in 2008. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors and was subsequently traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft night. He has represented the Jamaican national team in international competition being eligible because of his dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Hibbert was born in Queens, New York City to Roy, Sr. and Patty Hibbert. His father is originally from Jamaica and his mother from Trinidad. The family moved to Adelphi, Maryland when Roy was two. Around that time, the New York Post states that his parents introduced him to basketball after they had "tried to get him to play tennis, then golf, then the piano".[3]

College career[edit]

Hibbert helped lead the Georgetown Hoyas to the 2006–07 conference championship

Hibbert was named to the All-Big East Second Team in 2006 along with teammate Jeff Green.[4] In 2007, he and Green were unanimous selections to the All-Big East First Team, with Green earning Big East Player of the Year honors. The two led the Hoyas to victory in the 2007 Big East Conference Championship for the first time since 1989 against the Pittsburgh Panthers; Hibbert contributed a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.[5] Before the 2007–08 season he was named Big East's preseason player of the year.[6] He was also named a pre-season All-American along with the likes of Tyler Hansbrough, whose North Carolina Tar Heels were upset by Hibbert's Hoyas in the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Hibbert had repeatedly said that he planned to play all four years and graduate from Georgetown,[7] continuing the tradition of graduating Hoya centers such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. However, his performance in helping to lead the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four catapulted him into lottery pick status. Hibbert declared his eligibility for the 2007 NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent. On May 23, 2007, Hibbert announced he would return to school for his senior season. Hibbert said of Georgetown, "My heart was here. ... I feel like I have unfinished business here."[8] Following the Hoyas' upset loss to Davidson in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Hibbert's collegiate career came to a close.

In college, Hibbert was often referred to as the "Big Stiff" from reporters and fans.[9][10]

Professional career[edit]

Indiana Pacers (2008–2015)[edit]

Hibbert posts up Marcin Gortat in 2011

Hibbert was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA draft. On July 9, 2008, his rights were traded to the Indiana Pacers. On July 15, he signed his first professional contract with the Pacers.[11]

Hibbert was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the East. He played 10 minutes and scored 3 points, going 1–3 from the field. In Game 1 of the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic, Hibbert recorded 9 blocks.

Hibbert battling Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls for position in 2011.

On July 13, 2012, Hibbert re-signed with the Pacers[12] on a reported four-year, $58 million contract. On November 21, 2012, Hibbert set a career high by recording 11 blocks as part of a 10 point/11 rebound/11 block triple-double in a victory against the New Orleans Hornets. The 11 blocks also broke the franchise record for most blocks in a single game, and Hibbert became only the second player in Pacers history (alongside Jermaine O'Neal) to record a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double.

In Game 3 of a 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the New York Knicks, Hibbert recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in a Pacers win.[13] In Game 6, Hibbert recorded 25 points and 12 rebounds, along with 5 blocks,[14] including a significant block on Carmelo Anthony, which led the Pacers to the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals. Hibbert averaged 15.8 points and 3.8 blocks in this series. During the post-game press conference after Game 6 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat, Hibbert used the term "no homo" and later was fined $75,000 by the NBA for the remark.[15] Hibbert apologized for his comments in a statement released by the Pacers: "I am apologizing for insensitive remarks made during the post-game press conference after our victory over Miami Saturday night", he said. "They were disrespectful and offensive and not a reflection of my personal views. I used a slang term that is not appropriate in any setting, private or public, and the language I used definitely has no place in a public forum, especially over live television. I apologize to those who I have offended, to our fans and to the Pacers' organization."[16]

Hibbert was selected as an All-Star reserve for the East in 2014. He played 12 minutes and tallied 8 points on 4–5 shooting. At the end of the season, Hibbert finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting with 166 out of the 1125, losing to Joakim Noah, who had 555 of the points. Hibbert was not to pleased with this decision. Hibbert averaged 2.2 blocks per game. During the 2014 NBA playoffs, Hibbert went scoreless in games 5 and 6 of the Pacers' first round match against the eighth seed, Atlanta Hawks. Hibbert was the second All-Star to ever go scoreless in consecutive games in the playoffs, the first being Jim King in 1968.[17] Hibbert would also have scoreless games in Game 1 of the semifinals (against the Washington Wizards) and in Game 4 of the conference finals (against the Miami Heat). By the end of the 2014 postseason, Hibbert had four scoreless postseason games, setting an NBA record for most scoreless NBA postseason games by a current All-Star. Hibbert's season ended in the Eastern Conference Finals as the Pacers were eliminated by the Miami Heat in 6 games.

On June 29, 2015, Hibbert exercised his player option with the Pacers for the 2015–16 season.

Los Angeles Lakers (2015–2016)[edit]

Hibbert with the Lakers in December 2015

On July 9, 2015, Hibbert was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a future second-round pick.[18] He made his debut for the Lakers in their season opener on October 28, 2015, recording 12 points and 10 rebounds in a 112–111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.[19] Hibbert appeared in 81 of 82 games, all of which he started. However, his points per game average (5.9) was the lowest of his career. His blocks, rebounds and minutes per game were all the lowest since his rookie year.

Charlotte Hornets (2016–2017)[edit]

On July 7, 2016, Hibbert signed with the Charlotte Hornets.[20] He made his debut for the Hornets in their season opener on October 26, 2016, recording 15 points and nine rebounds in a 107–96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[21] Hibbert came into the Hornets' game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 18, 2017 averaging 5.2 points per game. He subsequently had a season-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in a 107–85 win over Portland.[22]

Denver Nuggets (2017)[edit]

On February 2, 2017, Hibbert was traded, along with Spencer Hawes, to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Miles Plumlee.[23] However, before appearing in a game for the Bucks, he was traded again, this time to the Denver Nuggets on February 23 in exchange for a protected 2019 second-round draft pick.[24] The Nuggets renounced their free agent exception rights on Hibbert during the subsequent offseason, making him an unrestricted free agent.[25]

On July 17, 2018, after ten years of professional basketball, Hibbert stated that "it's just time to move on", indicating his retirement.[26]

National team career[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Hibbert was the starting center on the U.S. team, which was composed of college players, at the 2007 Pan-American Games.[27] In 2008, he began representing the Jamaican national team. He has dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship due to his father.[2] He was named captain of the team in 2010 and represented them in the 2010 Centrobasket.[28]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 Indiana 70 42 14.4 .471 .000 .667 3.5 .7 .3 1.1 7.1
2009–10 Indiana 81 69 25.1 .495 .500 .754 5.7 2.0 .4 1.6 11.7
2010–11 Indiana 81 80 27.7 .461 .000 .745 7.5 2.0 .4 1.8 12.7
2011–12 Indiana 65 65 29.8 .497 .000 .711 8.8 1.7 .5 2.0 12.8
2012–13 Indiana 79 79 28.7 .448 .250 .741 8.3 1.4 .5 2.6 11.9
2013–14 Indiana 81 81 29.7 .439 .400 .770 6.6 1.1 .4 2.2 10.8
2014–15 Indiana 76 76 25.3 .446 .000 .824 7.1 1.1 .2 1.6 10.6
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 81 81 23.2 .443 .000 .807 4.9 1.2 .4 1.4 5.9
2016–17 Charlotte 42 13 16.0 .542 .000 .813 3.6 .5 .2 1.0 5.2
2016–17 Denver 6 0 1.8 .667 .000 .000 .3 .2 .0 .3 .7
Career 662 586 24.8 .465 .250 .755 6.3 1.3 .4 1.7 10.0
All-Star 2 0 11.0 .625 .000 1.000 4.0 1.5 .0 .0 5.5


2011 Indiana 5 5 26.4 .444 .000 .706 6.8 .6 .4 1.8 10.4
2012 Indiana 11 11 30.9 .500 1.000 .667 11.2 1.1 .4 3.1 11.7
2013 Indiana 19 19 36.5 .511 .000 .806 9.9 1.4 .2 1.9 17.0
2014 Indiana 19 19 28.5 .449 .000 .772 5.5 .9 .2 1.4 9.3
Career 54 54 31.6 .486 .500 .765 8.3 1.1 .2 2.0 12.6

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "After brief setback, Hibbert back to work". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 27, 2010. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Roy Hibbert's chance of joining USA Basketball appears to be a long shot
  3. ^ Lenn Robbins, Biggest Big Man: Hibbert Powers Hoyas to Crown" Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., New York Post, March 11, 2007.
  4. ^ Four unanimous selections to all-Big East first team March 6, 2006
  5. ^ Hoyas claim their 1st Big East tourney title since 1989
  6. ^ "William & Mary-Georgetown Preview". ESPN. November 10, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ ESPN – Georgetown's Green remains in draft, Hibbert to return to school – Men's College Basketball
  9. ^ Roy Hibbert: The Pacers' center of balance
  10. ^ Hibbert's Starting to Grow on the Hoyas
  11. ^ Roy Hibbert Player Profile – RealGM
  12. ^ Busy Pacers re-sign Roy Hibbert
  13. ^ Roy Hibbert takes control as Pacers rough up Knicks
  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "Roy Hibbert fined, apologizes for slur". ESPN. June 2, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ Roy Hibbert fined, apologizes for slur
  17. ^ Roy Hibbert Ties 46-Year-Old Record for Scoreless Playoff Games by All-Star
  18. ^ "Lakers Acquire Roy Hibbert". July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Wolves edge Lakers 112–111 in first game since Flip's death". October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Charlotte Hornets Sign Center Roy Hibbert". July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Kidd-Gilchrist, Hibbert help Hornets beat Bucks 107–96". October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Walker, Hibbert lead Hornets past Blazers 107–85". January 18, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Bucks Acquire Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert from Charlotte". February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Nuggets Acquire Center Roy Hibbert". February 23, 2017. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Roy Hibbert". July 13, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  26. ^
  27. ^ Fifteenth Pan American Games — 2007 Archived 2014-01-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Jamaica's Hibbert working hard to reach the top

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