Who is the Real Spencer Hawes for the Philadelphia 76ers?

By Zach Slotter
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Player Comparison:

Player A: 14.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.9 blocks, 51 percent, 50 percent 3-point FG
Player B: 8.9 points, 6.0 rebound, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks, 47 percent FG, 31 percent 3-point FG

Two different players end up being the exact same. Both of these players are Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes. Player B is the career averages for the big man, and Player A is his numbers for the month of March.

Hawes has been on an absolute tear this month, posting 10 doubles-doubles in 17 games. These numbers are astonishing, but it begs the question: where has this been all year?

Yes, the Sixers parted ways with Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams in the offseason and prized acquisition Andrew Bynum has not suited up this year. But if Hawes was able to produce like this all year, would this team really be any worse than the Milwaukee Bucks?

If Hawes played like this all year, there is no doubt this team could have competed for a playoff spot.

This is not to put all of the blame on Spence. This is merely to point out the Sixers front office needs to figure out once and for all who this guy really is. If he can give you 14 and 10, do you let Bynum walk and use the money for a shooting guard?

Hawes is in year one of a friendly two-year, $13 million contract. The Sixers want Player A, but it is more likely they come away with Player B. The one that gives you ill-advised jumpers early in the shot clock, slow feet on the defensive end and cries for calls every time down the court.

It would be a huge spark for the Sixers going forward if Hawes can continue to produce at this level. It could even help alleviate the Bynum dilemma and allow the Sixers to spend their money safely elsewhere. With nine games left to play, look for Hawes to hopefully continue his strong, post-mullet play on the court for the 76ers.

Zach Slotter is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for www.rantsports.com. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @zslot6 or add him to your network on Google.

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