Perhaps it's premature to label Tyler as "the guy" to build around, but this past 6 game losing streak has taught us a few things about two of the Pacer captains.
1. Grangers personality isn't suited to be a team captain. For whatever reason, Granger this year won't put the team on his back, right the ship etc. In fact, Granger seems disinterested and apathetic. At this point, his trade value is probably the lowest it has been since his rookie year.
2. Hibbert will always be inconsistent. He will always seem to miss the wide open dunk under the basket because of lack of atheticism, and he will always disappear at ill advised times due to matchup problems or mental fragility. These problems won't go away no matter how much you practice. Hibbert clearly isn't team captain material either.
Watching the Pacers flail in these last six games it is clear, that better leadership is needed. And with Hansbrough, it looks like a new leader is emerging.
It's too bad we've come to loose faith in Granger . It reminds me of Vince Carter's leadership problems in Toronto, with fans begging for leadership qualities that never emerged.
While Granger and Hibbert seems more content to sulk or go throught the motions, Hansbrough, through his limitations, is willing to put the team on his back. Would he call out his players for tardiness? Call a players only meeting? Lead by words AND example? I think the answer is yes to all these questions.
I never thought Hansbrough would be the Pacer captain when he was drafted 13th by the Pacers. But then I never thought I'd see him dropping 29 points against a Knicks team anchored by Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire.