Spencer Hawes: The Invisible 7-Footer of Philadelphia

October 9th, 2012 by Vince Quinn Leave a reply »
Over the course of the last few months, the 76ers have undergone a bevy of changes on their roster and in the front office. Most notably, Olympian Andre Iguodala was involved in a three-team deal that sent Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia. 

Since that time, most of the conversation has revolved around the 24-year-old seven footer's role in the organization. However, there has been little discussion regarding the other starting 24-year-old seven footer, Spencer Hawes. 

Hawes has been playing center his entire career. However, coach Doug Collins has proclaimed that Hawes will now be shifted over to power forward, a position he has never played before. What makes the switch even more interesting is Hawes had arguably his best season last year while manning the middle. 

Hawes started off the year with a bang, garnering four double doubles in the first two weeks of the year. At the end of the season, Hawes achieved career highs in rebounds (7.3), assists (2.6), and blocked shots (1.3) despite nagging injuries to his Achilles and back.

What makes the move so interesting is that Hawes has not been much of a defensive player. He's too ...

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