Team: Indiana Pacers
2012-13 stats: 11.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 2.6 BPG
While it may be easy to remember Roy Hibbert as the awkward kid from Georgetown with the baggy t-shirt under his jersey, it's safe to say he has completely shed that former image of himself. He has emerged as one of the preeminent defensive players in the NBA. The Pacers' center was a dominant, game-altering force in the paint last season as he swatted a career-best 2.6 shots per game.
His 206 total blocks were second in the league only to Serge Ibaka, and despite a shaky start offensively he managed to stay right on his career average in points per game. After a particularly strong playoff run in which he averaged 17.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, the 26-year-old Hibbert appears poised to make the leap to perennial All-Star status.