I wanted to look at the competition at the five spot to get an idea of how well Roy Hibbert is really doing. Since ESPN is infatuated with the "Heat Index" and doesn't want to do their jobs, then I have to do it. Let me know how you guys feel, thanks.
1. Dwight Howard: 21.6 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 1.7 apg: The reigning winner and I don't expect that to change anytime soon.
2. Joakim Noah: 16.5 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 2.3 apg: Quietly having and All-Star type season so far. I almost put Hibbert ahead of him because he's getting these numbers with almost ten more minutes per game.
3. Roy Hibbert: 16.1, ppg 9.6 rpg, 3.0 bpg, 3.5 apg: So far, Roy is second in the league in blocks right behind Josh Smith (3.1). He leads this list in assists and has vastly improved his rebounds since last season. He keeps this up and we'll be talking about Roy Hibbert being an All-Star candidate in a very strong eastern conference for centers.
4. Andrew Bogut: 12.8 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.2 apg: Ahead of Jefferson because he has more blocks and is just a more solid player. Fourth eastern conference on this list who is 25 or younger.
6. Tim Duncan: 14.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 2.4 apg: Has this guy ever had a bad season? I mean he's 34 and still running with the young guns, impressive.
7. Al Horford: 16.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 3.3 apg: I love Al Horford and I understand that he's a very solid low post defender, but 0.6 plocks per game in 30 minutes? You can do better than that Al.
8. David Lee: 14.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 0.25 bpg, 2.8 apg: 0.25 blocks per game in 35 minutes, this guy probably needs to be a power forward (like Al Horford) but is forced to move a spot up.
9. Brook Lopez: 17.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 1.1 apg: I expect him to rocket up this list but he's only averaging six rebounds a contest and that has to change.
10. Andrea Bargnani: 20.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 1.1 apg: No swatting and no rebounding, Reggie Evans may be saving him in rebounds (11.8), but Amir Johnson is the blocks per game leader at 1.1 and Bargnani needs to change that.
Seven Players on this list are 25 or under and are in the East. Expect some GREAT matchups in the eastern conference playoffs for years to come.