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I was one of the many who thought that Spencer Hawes left college way too early, after only two years with the Washington Huskies. Hawes made it to the NBA, as the 10th overall pick of the 2007 NBA draft, on the potential that came with his 7'1'', 245 pound frame. After a solid sophomore year with the Kings, Hawes was trade to the 76ers, where he's finally starting to re-find his offensive post game.
Hawes is averaging the first double-double of his career, with 13.0 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game thus far. While Hawes' points per game production is reminiscent of his sophomore season in Sacramento, his rebounding and block statistics are a big increase over any previous year in his career. Hawes is currently benefiting from a weak 76ers schedule thus far, playing only one above .500 team in the Portland Trailblazers.
Spencer Hawes is on pace to set career marks in 2011-12, but I don't see that coming to fruition, mainly because he has yet to see serious defensive talent, aside from LaMarcus Aldridge of the Blazers. Hawes will struggle when he plays against defensively-minded centers from the Eastern conference like Joel Anthony, Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler and Brook Lopez. Hawes' production will also decline based on the youth of the 76ers not being able to sustain their recent success. I expect Hawes to revert to his 2009-2010 form, and do so relatively soon, ultimately ending 2011-12 without his first career double double season average.
Final Statistical Prediction: 8.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.9 blocks per game.