Tyler Hansbrough Is Taking Over for Indiana: Will He Be an All-Star in 2012?

March 14th, 2011 by Andy Bailey Leave a reply »
Tyler Hansbrough has been the only bright spot on the Indiana Pacers' roster over the last couple weeks.  

Since he received his long overdue promotion over Josh McRoberts, he's shown what North Carolina fans have known for years: He can be a great NBA player.

Considering the big men in front of him, it's been mind-boggling to try and figure out why Hansbrough received such limited minutes this season.

When he's on the floor, he clearly plays with more energy and effort than anyone else on his team.

He works hard around the basket on both ends of the floor; he can finish above the rim; he knows how to draw fouls; and he converts at the free throw line when he gets there.

This season, he's averaging 17.8 points and nine rebounds per 36 minutes. Since the Pacers bumped him up on the depth chart, he's averaged 22.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.

Last night, he was, without a doubt, the go-to guy as Danny Granger missed the game. In that role, Hansbrough led the Pacers to a win over the New York Knicks, ending a six-game losing streak.

He put up 29 points and eight rebounds against o ...

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