The Indiana Pacers acquired Roy Hibbert in July 2008 from the Toronto Raptors, along with TJ. Ford, Maceo Baston and Rasho Nesterovic, in exchange for Jermaine O’Neal and the draft rights to Nathan Jawai. Pacers’ general manager and NBA legend Larry Bird made the trade.
“It meant a lot that Larry Bird took a chance on me,” recalls Roy of the NBA draft process. “There were other good players the Pacers could have picked, but Bird picked me, so I owe him a lot.”
During his rookie year, Hibbert played in 70 games and averaged 7.1 ppg with 3.5 rpg.
In the 2009-10 season, Hibbert capped the season with the best offensive game of his NBA career, leading the Pacers with a career-high 29 points at Washington. The Georgetown product was one of the top field goal shooters in the NBA with a mark of 49.5 percent. He led the Pacers with 177 offensive rebounds.
Hibbert was the Pacers’ top rebounder and shot-blocker with career-best averages of 7.5 rpg and 1.75 bpg. When Frank Vogel took over as head coach, Hibbert averaged 13.2 ppg and 7.3 rpg in the team’s last 38 games.
Named an NBA All-Star for the first time, Hibbert was the Pacers’ leading rebounder, shot blocker and field goal shooter with averages of 8.8 rpg, 1.97 bpg and 49.7 percent from the floor, to go along with 12.8 points per game. In the playoffs, Hibbert had seven double-doubles and started in all 19 of Indiana’s playoff games, averaging 17.0 ppg and 9.9 rpg while shooting 120-235 (.511). He scored double-digit points 15 times and collected double digit rebounds in nine games, including postseason career highs in points (29) in a 97-93 win at Miami. Hibbert had seven games in which he scored 20+ points. The series against Miami was his best career postseason performance, as he averaged 22.1 ppg and 10.4 rpg in the seven game series.
As one of the top defensive centers in the NBA, Hibbert was named to the NBA All-Star Game for the second time in his career. With the All-Star as the defensive anchor, the Indiana Pacers are favored by fans and journalists to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
On July 9, 2015, Hibbert was signed to the Los Angeles Lakers.