The Indiana Pacers are 5-0, and a large part of that is because of Roy Hibbert’s defense. He knows it, too. After the Pacers’ 97-80 win over the Chicago Bulls, in which Hibbert had 10 rebounds and five blocks, he tweeted this: DPoY. Goodnight! “DPoY,” of course, stands for Defensive Player of the Year, the award Hibbert badly wants to win. He came in 10th in voting in 2013, and lashed out at reporters for not watching the Pacers during a press conference in the playoffs when asked why he finished so low. On Wednesday night, he didn’t have much patience for people questioning that goal, or telling him not to chase individual awards. People act like I can't have individual goals. I didn't talk about it in the past. Well now I am. I WANT DPoY. That's gonna help my team win So far, Hibbert is backing up his talk. According to NBA.com’s stats site, the Pacers are giving up just 76.6 points per 100 possessions to opponents when Hibbert is on the floor. Opponents are shooting just 31.8% at the rim against him, and he’s averaging an absurd 5.3 blocks per game.
Pacers' Roy Hibbert will not apologize for tweeting about award goals
Indianapolis Star | Nov 7