Well let me start by simply saying that I don't think Hans is gonna go down as the greatest Pacers PF ever or even that he will ever make an All Star game. I will say that he is and will be a very good backup PF for this team as currently constituted. His numbers as I will show per 36 are actually very similar to David West's and as good if not better than other backup PF in the league. Further, I would say that this is technically Hans' third year. Which I tend to reserve all encompassing statements about a players career, for at least after their rookie contract. Finally, I will add Jeff Foster and many, many others had shitty stats in their first few years, you know, the whole adjusting to the NBA game and honing their skills usually takes a few years, especially for Bigs.One final thing is I think some people think that late lottery talent should be some kinda superstar or something and well it's not. A lifer in our organization, like Hans could be, works for me.
Well here are some per 36 stats 2011-12 Regular season courtesy of RealGM.
Hansbrough: 15.38 PPG 7.27 RPG .408 FG%
David West: 15.79 PPG 8.10 RPG .488 FG %
Looks pretty similar to me, and if I remember right, Hans had better stats the first fews weeks of the season than West did. I know it's hard to find someone to hate on this new team, so Hans and Lance are our de facto talking points (getting old quick). I would say people need to step back and look, because this roster with practice, further development etc. etc. is a true contender IMHO. Though I wasn't happy on missing out on the big fish, I am much more excited now.
Other Backup PFs:
Well, actually I am at work and don't feel like listing a bunch more. So if you need further persuading, here is the link. Have fun, it's a good site. Thanks LukeNukem for turning me onto it, and as I look, you definitely called the Paul Milsap increase. Nice stats.