Roy Denzil Hibbert (born December 11, 1986) is a Jamaican-American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Hibbert played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas and was named a consensus second-team All-American as a senior in 2008. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2008 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors and was subsequently traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft night. He has represented the Jamaican national team in international competition being eligible because of his dual U.S. and Jamaican citizenship.
Hibbert had repeatedly said that he planned to play all four years and graduate from Georgetown, continuing the tradition of graduating Hoya centers such as Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. However, his performance in helping to lead the Hoyas to the 2007 Final Four catapulted him into lottery pick status. Hibbert declared his eligibility for the 2007 NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent. On May 23, 2007, Hibbert announced he would return to school for his senior season. Hibbert said of Georgetown, “My heart was here. … I feel like I have unfinished business here.” Following the Hoyas’ upset loss to Davidson in the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Hibbert’s collegiate career came to a close.
In college, Hibbert was often referred to as the “Big Stiff” from reporters and fans.
Hibbert was drafted 17th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2008 NBA draft. On July 9, 2008, his rights were traded to the Indiana Pacers. On July 15, he signed his first professional contract with the Pacers.
In 2012, he was selected to the 2012 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the East. He played 10 minutes and scored 3 points, going 1-3 from the field.
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 on a reported four-year, $58 million contract.
On June 29, 2015, Hibbert exercised his player option with the Pacers for the 2015–16 season. On July 9, 2015, Hibbert was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a future second-round pick.
On July 9, 2015, Hibbert was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a future second-round pick.
On July 7, 2016, Hibbert signed with the Charlotte Hornets.
Career highlights and awards
2× NBA All-Star (2012, 2014)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2014)
Consensus second-team All-American (2008)
2× First-team All-Big East (2007, 2008)