Fantasy Basketball: Is Spencer Hawes Suddenly Relevant?

By Professor Bush
Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports

After a pretty dull season, Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers has recently come alive — so maybe you want to take a look at picking up Mr. Softy for a little help down the stretch for your fantasy basketball team.

If you want to know why the 7-foot-1 Hawes got that nickname, you need only look at his career numbers for attempted free throws (1.4) and blocks (1.0) per game. These show how rarely he mixes it up near the basket, where these stats are typically produced.

With Andrew Bynum not playing this year, the 76ers are drowning in last place in the Atlantic Division and little chance to make the playoffs. You just can’t compete in the NBA without a strong inside presence.

Last week in a home win against the Brooklyn Nets, he had a nice double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. But the next game against the Miami Heat, he was invisible.

Then this weekend against the Indiana Pacers, Hawes had the best statistical game of his career. His numbers were an astonishing: 16 boards, 18 points, eight assists and seven blocks against a very strong Pacers frontcourt.  Maybe the Pacers were a little tired from playing two nights in a row, but this was still an awesome production from Hawes and led the Sixers to the rare upset win.

This surge is probably far too late to salvage the Sixers’ season, but maybe not too late for yours. Hawes is available in almost 40 percent of Yahoo leagues. You need to take a quick look and see if he could help your team before another manager grabs him.

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