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Doug Collins wants Spencer Hawes to be like Pau Gasol

Aug 28, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

Spencer Hawes, Brandon Bass AP

Before back and Achilles injuries sidelined him, Spencer Hawes was the key to the Sixers offense last season. It wasn’t about the points, it was his passing that got the ball moving side-to-side against the defense and created good looks for others. Without him the offense stagnated some, he was not the same player upon his return and the Sixers finished with the 20th best offense in the league in points per possession.

This season, coach Doug Collins again sees Hawes as a key to the Philadelphia offense again, just in a different role.

Collins wants Hawes to be the Pau Gasol to newly acquired Andrew Bynum. That’s what he told the Sixers official Web site (via SLAM).

“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.”

I like Hawes but lets be clear, on a good day he is a poor man’s Gasol. He is not as skilled.

Still, the idea makes sense. Hawes can shoot the midrange and he is an adept passer. If Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday can take steps forward, they can play off that, too.

It’s a good plan, I’m just not as convinced as many that Philly made that big a leap by getting Bynum. At least in the short term. I need to be convinced that Bynum can handle the load as the focus of a team — can he pass out of the coming double teams better than he has before? Can he bring defensive focus every night and not just sometimes? Can Hawes really step into a Gasol role? Can Evan Turner make the next step forward? Same with Jrue Holiday?

There is potential in Philly and that brings hope to a clearly excited fan base. It’s going to be a fun season in the City of Brotherly Love. And if Spencer Hawes really can be a poor man’s Pau Gasol this season, they will take a nice step forward toward that potential.

  1. thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 28, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    I would like my wife to be more like Kim Kardashian body wise and in the bedroom, but that doesn’t mean it will happen….

    • jblah - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

      if she was..then she probably wouldn’t be with you.

      • thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:19 PM

        That’s an interesting comment considering you have no clue who I am. Snappy comeback, though.

    • danfrommv - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:49 AM

      For your sake, I hope she doesn’t read this or at least doesn’t know you are the big captain

  2. cantonbound13 - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    So he wants him to be soft & hate Kobe?

  3. dennisund - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    “I’m just not as convinced as many that Philly made that big a leap by getting Bynum.”

    Haha, your pessimism with the trade happening was quite memorable, yet you still want your pessimism to mean something in print. Yeah, Hawes is not Pau Gasol, but to say that you don’t
    think the team improved that much by acquiring Bynum is a clear bias. You didn’t want the
    trade to happen to begin with.

  4. miamatt - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I think it is a sound plan by Collins. Yeah, comparing Hawes to either Gasol is something of a joke, but he can contribute in the ways described. Philly will be an interesting team to watch this year.

    • illadelphiasphinest - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      Collins isn’t trying to comapre Hawes to Gasol. Because that’s crazy Gasol is more talented with putting the ball on the floor etc. Collins just wants Hawes to play that style of game to the best of his abilities. Also by having two 7 footers on the floor at the same time could be a huge advantage for the 6ers against smaller lineups in the east. It will cause matchup issues on O as long as they can defend, and make them a force on the boards.

  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    My first reaction was to LMFAO, but at second thought this is not a bad idea, plus it clears up a logjam at C and gives you two legit 7”0ers a la LA. I can kiiiinda see Hawes as a very poor to homeless man’s version of Pau Gasol. I think I like it!

    • danfrommv - Aug 29, 2012 at 1:50 AM

      Like the “homeless man’s version”.

  6. profile1968 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    i am excited about the arrival of Andrew but with Hawes and Bynam who does that mean for the signing of Brown no one ia talking about him any more Andres has shown to be fragile & with all the big men we have who is going to score points Jrue & Evan are not very good scorers we need a 20 to 25 points a night player we have not addressed that

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      The less Kwame that plays, the better. Trust me.

  7. lakerluver - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Philliy’s gonna be very good next season.

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