The NBA season is now fully underway and I felt it was about time I provided my faithful blog readers with a quick update on some former Hoyas. Let’s see who has been making Georgetown proud so far this season.
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.1 blocks
On Tuesday night, the Pacers picked up an impressive 79-77 win over the Lakers in the Staples Center. Unfortunately for Big Roy, he fouled out after posting eight points, five rebounds and three blocks in only 18 minutes. Hibbert is leading the NBA in blocks per game, but has scored more than 14 points only once this season — a 20-point performance during a Verizon Center homecoming against the hapless Wizards. “Stick with me. I’m all about winning. I said it before I want to be on the All Defense Team. I hope to have a chance. My offense will come,” tweeted Hibbert after the victory over LA. Pacers fans need his offensive game to pick up as their team is off to a lackluster 7-8 start with leading scorer Danny Granger sidelined for three months with a knee injury.
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons – 17 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists
The Pistons may be 4-11, but Greg Monroe gives you a reason to watch them. Flying under the radar, the third-year pro has scored at least 19 points in six of the past seven games as Detroit has begun to right the ship after a dismal 0-7 start. Greg is quietly tied for fifth in the league with eight double-doubles so far, and, along with Hibbert, Monroe is one of five NBA players to record a triple-double so far this season. The others are Kobe, Durant, and Jose Calderon.
Jeff Green, Boston Celtics – 8.1 points, 2.7 rebounds
In a 108-100 win over Oklahoma City last Friday, Jeff posted his largest offensive output all season with 17 points in 25 minutes off the bench while this dunk against Utah came in a 16-point effort last week. Green has shown flashes of the up-and-coming star who averaged better than 15 a game in two-plus seasons with OKC, but he has yet to consistently produce in his first full season in Boston.
Henry Sims has begun his professional basketball career with the Erie Bayhawks of Pennsylvania. In his first game, Sims tallied eight points and 12 rebounds in 23 minutes for the Knicks’ D-league affiliate. An injury to either 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace or 40-year-old Kurt Thomas could see Sims called up for his first action in the NBA.
Hollis Thompson is averaging 8.5 points, 4.5 boards, and 3 assists through his first two games with the Tulsa 66ers. It seems as though Hollis is in competition with former Syracuse sharp shooter Andy Rautins for any spot that could open up on the Thunder’s roster.