We've had some fun with Spencer Hawes on this site over the summer, though none of it has really been Spencer's fault. Really, the joke was on the Philadelphia 76ers, who talked up a Spencer Hawes/Kwame Brown starting frontcourt as if it were the second coming of, well, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol's time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Our biggest complaint wasn't with Hawes' play or potential, though 76ers fans have had their issues with the big man, it was the jettisoning of Elton Brand via the amnesty rule in order to make more minutes for two currently inferior players.
Now that the Sixers have recovered and dealt for Bynum, Doug Collins isn't done talking up the more potential laden part of that nearly famous Brown/Hawes duo. In an interview with the team's website, Collins pointed out he envisions Hawes as a Pau Gasol-type in a Philly offense that will extensively feature the low-post work of Andrew Bynum. Here's Doug's take:
"I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with Bynum," Collins said. "Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers."
Hold ya quips, fellas. Collins isn't off in his expectation.Read More »from Doug Collins wants Spencer Hawes ‘to play the Pau Gasol role,’ which might actually work