Philadelphia 76ers Need Spencer Hawes To Step Up Physically

By Alan Gung
Spencer Hawes
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Philadelphia 76ers starting center Spencer Hawes has earned the spot, not necessarily by performance but by default. Hawes will have some solid showings giving the Sixers reasons why he’s the second option at center until rookie Nerlens Noel comes into game form, then reality hits and he’s exactly what he is, an average backup center.

Coach Brett Brown chose to sit Hawes in the last game against the Charlotte Bobcats for many reasons. One being that he had a terrible showing against the Brooklyn Nets, managing six points and five rebounds on 1-for-7 shooting in nearly 17 minutes of action. Then in the previous game against the Boston Celtics, Hawes looks like a star scoring, 17 points, pulling down seven rebounds, blocking two shots and managing two steals while shooting over 50-percent.

The biggest issue plaguing Hawes is his fear of getting hurt. He tends to stay outside of the paint just to settle for jump shots. He is better suited at power forward and is more of a European-style player similar to Dirk Nowitzki.

Surprisingly, he’s been one of the Sixers best three-point shooters. He showed this in the game against Boston shooting 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

The problem is the Sixers lack an inside presence. They will need Hawes’ 7-foot frame in the paint if considering the only inside presence they can truly rely on is Thaddeus Young.

Hawes tends to play well against bad teams; however, the better and more physical teams like the Nets have players who outmuscle and figure out Hawes weakeness.

The Sixers should explore options to trade Hawes for a draft pick or get a expendable player who can be bought out just to increase their chances of drafting Andrew Wiggins.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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