Spotlight On A Caribbean American – Roy Hibbert

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sat. June 1, 2013: The B-baller currently dominating the 2013 Eastern Conference finals definitely has Caribbean blood flowing through his veins.

Roy Hibbert, the 7’2″ center for the Indiana Pacers, was born in Queens, New York to Roy, Sr., a Jamaican national and Patty Hibbert, a Trinidad national.
He made more than $13 million this season and could rake in close to $45 million over the next three years if he exercises a player option for 2015-16.

And he’s making a name for himself in the off season, logging 39.5 minutes a night in the playoffs, a steep increase from the 28.7 he saw during the regular season. More so, he’s upped his field-goal attempts from 10.9 per game to 15.0 and made the most of his looks, connecting on 54.7 percent from the field.
Hibbert was born in Queens, NY but his family moved to Maryland when he was just two. He went on to attend Georgetown University.

Hibbert was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA Draft, and was then acquired by the Indiana Pacers in a multi-player deal for Jermaine O’Neal.

In 2012, he was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the East. In Game 1 of the first round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic, Hibbert recorded 9 blocks.

On July 13, 2012, Hibbert re-signed with the Pacers, agreeing on a 4 year, $58 million dollar contract.

On November 21, 2012, Hibbert set a career high by recording 11 blocks as part of a 10 point/11 rebound/11 block triple-double in a victory against the New Orleans Hornets. The 11 blocks also broke the franchise record for most blocks in a single game, and Hibbert became only the second player in Pacers history (alongside Jermaine O’Neal) to record a points-rebounds-blocks triple-double.

In Game 3 of a 2013 Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the New York Knicks, Hibbert recorded 24 points and 12 rebounds in a Pacers win.
On May 30th, he finished with 22 points on 8 for 14 shooting and made as many free throws as the rest of his teammates combined, to score Indiana’s first 29 points, despite the loss in Game 5.