The Philadelphia 76ers have a long list of injuries in the frontcourt. Nerlens Noel will be out until January with his ACL, Arnett Moultrie will miss a few months with an ankle injury, and Kwame Brown is banged up as well. One of the few serviceable big men left on the roster is Spencer Hawes.
Hawes had a decent year last year, averaging 11.0 points and 7.2 rebound,s and he especially played well down the stretch, including a monster 18 point, 16 rebound, eight assist and seven block game. Hawes is very versatile and has the ability to be a legitimate starting center in the NBA. He has great size, has proven to be a decent rebounder, and he is an above average passer and can knock down the outside shot.
Hawes is in a contract year after only receiving a two year contract from the Sixers. This is his chance to prove he deserves a big time contract, and he will get plenty of opportunities this year. He will likely be the third option on offense behind Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, which should increase his 9.9 field goal attempts per game from last year. He will also probably log a career high in minutes, since it’s safe to assume he will eclipse the 30 minute per game mark if he is healthy and out of foul trouble.
The opportunity will be there for Hawes this year, almost because there are no other bodies to put on the floor. Now it just comes down to if he is efficient enough with his touches to get a long term deal next season.