On March 2nd, NBA veteran Tyler Hansbrough officially signed with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, adding another big man and power forward to their roster. He was signed off of waivers after passing a physical examination.
This is somewhat of a nostalgic moment for Hansbrough, who was drafted 13th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the NBA affiliate Indiana Pacers. He played four seasons with the Pacers, averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds.
He played some of his best basketball in Indiana. In the 2012-2013 season, he played in 81 of the 82 games, while scoring in double figures in 21 of those games and double figures in rebounds in eight of them. He even helped the Pacers reach the Eastern Conference Finals that year, even though they would lose to the Miami Heat.
The Pacers allowed him to become a free agent in 2013, and he soon signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. Hansbrough became the starting power forward in the second year of his contract, but injuries plagued him throughout the season, including a sprained left ankle and sprained right shoulder. The Raptors decided to let him walk after the contract ended, and he moved on to sign a one-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015. With the Hornets wanting to go a different direction at power forward and with the team in general, Hansbrough was not re-signed.
His biggest claims to fame are his accomplishments in college basketball. He won the NCAA National Championship in 2009 with University of North Carolina, as well as becoming the first player in ACC history to earn All-American and All-ACC honors in every year he played at UNC.
By Joshua Hamer