NBA History: 25 former NBA stars you forgot dominated the league 

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12) Roy Hibbert

Unlike most of the players on this list, former NBA all-star Roy Hibbert wasn't a dominant offensive player at his peak. Instead, he was a fearsome defensive player whose size, length, and discipline made it extremely difficult to score against.

As a result, the Indiana Pacers were able to create a stifling defense around Hibbert, who finished second in Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The Pacers made it to consecutive Eastern Conference Finals, with Hibbert helping them finish with the best defensive rating in the NBA both seasons. They also went toe-to-toe with the Miami Heat, which featured three Hall of Famers both times.

Ironically, those Heat teams inadvertently helped end Hibbert's run of dominance. During the 2013 playoffs, Miami slid power forward Chris Bosh up center and relied on more mobility and skill than sheer size. The rest of the NBA followed suit, with teams sliding small forwards up to the four and fours to the five.

That forced bigger, slower big men like Hibbert away from the rim with more floor spacing and he couldn't adapt. He was later traded to the Lakers for a second-round pick and his career didn't last long after that.

He soon went from a starter to a backup and with less need for rim protection due to the increase in 3-point shooting, he became obsolete within a matter of a few seasons. Had it not been for the dramatic change in play style, Hibbert would probably have played several more years and maintained his value as an elite rim protector but it wasn't meant to be.