It’s been a while since Tyler Hansbrough was relevant in the sport of basketball. You probably remember him as one of the best Atlantic Coast Conference players of all time at North Carolina. Hansbrough won the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and owns multiple ACC records including most career points and is one of only four players to ever beat a Mike Krzyzewski team at Cameron Indoor Stadium four times. Tar Heel fans loved him and everyone else loved to hate him.
The Poplar Bluff, Missouri native graduated after four years and was drafted 13th overall by the Indiana Pacers. Other than a rare 30 point night against the Knicks, Hansbrough stayed quiet by averaging 8.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in four seasons before the Pacers let him explore free agency. Toronto signed him 13 days later where he spent two seasons at an ordinary four points and four rebounds per game. Don’t look too much into the numbers. Tyler Hansbrough was not signed to be an all-star. At his best, he will contribute a work ethic and energy that will make his teammates better in practice, while being a role player to compete for Jason Maxiell’s minutes. He’ll put a few fannies of Tar Heel fans in the Time Warner Cable Arena seats.
The Hornets Head Coach Steve Clifford has said that he believes this roster can make the playoffs, a place where Tyler Hansbrough has been four times in his six NBA seasons. The former NCAA player of the year will travel back to a place he is very familiar with and I’m sure he’s glad Gerald Henderson’s elbow isn’t waiting for him.