When Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers were wheeling and dealing on draft night, many thought Spencer Hawes would be one of the guys to go. He has good size, he’s skilled offensively and he has an attractive expiring contract.
Hawes did not get traded and will now likely finish out the season with the Sixers. So what should fans expect from him?
Last year Hawes averaged 11 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. These were definitely his best numbers in three years in a Sixers uniform and possibly the best numbers of his career. Sixers fans should have every reason to believe that this year’s numbers will be even better for a few reasons.
For one, he should get more playing time because of the general lack of depth in the 76ers frontcourt. Hawes and Thaddeus Young return as starters, but injuries to Nerlens Noel, Arnett Moultrie and Kwame Brown leave Lavoy Allen as the only experienced backup.
If Hawes can stay out of foul trouble, he will get more minutes and also more touches. With the departure of Jrue Holiday, it’s likely Hawes becomes the second option on offense behind Evan Turner. Hawes is very skilled with the ball in his hands and displays solid post moves as well as a good touch on the outside.
Lastly, Hawes is in the final year of his contract. He thought he deserved more than the two year, $13 million contract he received from the Sixers, and now he will get his chance to prove it. It remains to be seen if the Sixers will be the team that pays him, but he would be an excellent sixth man for a playoff contender, and his height and skill set will likely warrant big money during free agency if he has a good season.
I expect big things from Hawes this year in a Sixers uniform with averages of at least 13 points and eight rebounds.