Since joining the NBA out of Georgetown, there have been questions surrounding how Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert would grow into his body. There was a perception that, despite his size, he was a softer big man. However, Hibbert showed that he has what it takes to pound under the basket last season, helping the Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Now, as the 2013-14 season approaches, Hibbert is putting on even more weight and muscle in order to be a larger physical presence under the basket this year at both ends of the court. His coach, Frank Vogel, told reporters that the big man has really been bulking up over the offseason.
“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.”
It will be interesting to see if Hibbert can continue taking steps forward, as he developed into one of the best centers in the league last year. He’s been a presence on the defensive end, and Vogel now expects him to increase his role on offense. Regardless of what end of the floor he’s on, having a bigger, more athletic body will only help Hibbert continue his success.