Sam Hinkie and the rest of the front office of the Philadelphia 76ers have made it abundantly clear that they have no interest in winning in 2013. When you take the top scorer (Jrue Holiday) off of the worst scoring team in the NBA, you’re bound to run into some struggles.
The absence of Holiday will require the rest of the supporting cast to step up and contribute. Just because the roster will lack star quality doesn’t mean the guys in uniform will go down without a fight. One guy to stand to benefit the most from the new look Sixers is Spencer Hawes.
Replacing a score first point guard like Holiday with a young inexperienced Michael Carter-Williams will get Hawes more touches on the block. Hawes had one of the best years of his career last season averaging 11 points and 7.2 rebounds and shot a career high 36 percent from three-point range.
Another thing going for Hawes is that he is in the final year of his contract. He’ll be looking for a long term contract either from the Sixers or from another team. He will have plenty of time to prove his worth as he will get the bulk of the minutes at center while Nerlens Noel is recovering from his torn ACL.
With the Sixers in rebuild mode, not only will a strong first half of the season benefit Hawes for a future contract, but it will greatly help the team when the trade deadline arrives. When the Sixers are presumably out of the race they can send Hawes to a contender (his height and expiring contract will be an attractive piece) to hopefully get another draft pick or two.
Hawes has a lot to prove in his contract year and a strong first half could go a long way in helping him as well as helping build the future of the Sixers.