HOYAS IN THE PROS: JEFF GREEN RETURNING TO OLD FORM, CHRIS WRIGHT SHINES IN D-LEAGUE
Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers – 9.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.1 blocks
Hibbert is second in the NBA in blocks and fourth in offensive rebounds for a 9-9 Pacer team that has won five of their last seven games. Big Roy was an All Star a year ago, so it is not unfair to say that he should be producing a bit more this season. If Indiana wants to be a serious contender instead of a second round stepping stone for Miami, Roy should be averaging a double-double. Miami lost to the Wizards last night, the Knicks are not going to win 75% of their games all season, and Boston is yet another year older; the door is slightly ajar for the Pacers in the East if they can manage to stay in contention until Danny Granger comes back in March. Ever wonder what a typical day is like for big Roy? Watch this video!
Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons – 15.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals
An 0-7 start put Monroe and the Pistons in a tough spot to start the season, but they have responded nicely, going 6-5 since. This past week, Greg had 17 points and nine rebounds in a 90-78 loss to the Western Conference leading Memphis Grizzlies before posting 15 and 14 boards against Dallas and Cleveland. It’s going to be hard, but it is not completely out of the realm of possibility for Detroit to improve their record to .500 and contend for one of the final few playoff spots in the East.
Jeff Green, Boston Celtics – 8.9 points, 2.8 rebounds
In Boston’s two games since last week’s blog, Jeff has produced his two highest scoring outputs of the season. He dropped 19 on Portland on Friday night in just 23 minutes before putting up 18 on Milwaukee in the same limited time off of the bench. Jeff has not started for Boston this season, but in this blogger’s humble opinion he should get the nod over Brandon Bass who has averaged half a point more than Jeff in over six more minutes per contest. Fortunately, Jeff’s production has helped keep former Syracuse “star” Kris Joseph on the bench with only two game appearances all season.
Chris Wright, Iowa Energy – 19 points, 9 assists, 4.3 rebounds
After spending last season in Turkey, Chris has returned to the states and become one of the NBA Developmental League’s most productive players. In a 102-88 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this past week, Chris narrowly missed a triple double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
Jason Clark, Generali Okapi Aalstar – 15.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Half a year since graduating from the Hilltop, Jason has found a nice starting role for himself on the team atop the Belgian pro league.
Austin Freeman, Hapoel Eliat – 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists
Alongside former University of Tennessee standout Scotty Hopson, Austin Freeman has led his new team to a 5-2 start in the Israeli Winner League.