Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Spencer Hawes has played about as big as he could have
Spencer Hawes is coming off the bench and playing like a top-level role player.
That's all that Philly can ask of him when it comes to Bynum.
Hawes came out of the gate with a crazy 16-point, 12-rebound performance against the Denver Nuggets. It might also be important to point out his five blocked shots.
His numbers were less impressive against the Knicks in game No. 2. Before you go and criticize his eight points and five rebounds, it's important to recognize that he only played for 15 minutes and picked up four fouls in that time frame.
Sure, his performance against the Knicks wasn't great, but he has a tough hole to fill. At 7'1", he's the Sixers' tallest player and up until this point, his game has proven that.
There are a number of things that you're going to get when Bynum is on the floor.
You'll get great post play, strong interior defense and an occasional outburst. Most importantly, maybe even a three-pointer or two. (Yes, that was a joke.)
Of course they're not the same player, but there are a number of similarities between Bynum and Hawes.
Hawes isn't going to ever be close to the post player that Bynum is. He will bring perimeter shooting to the equation, though. As demonstrated by going 2-3 from three-point range against the Nuggets.
His interior defense is also pretty close to Bynum's. Having a thinner frame doesn't help Hawes out, but his long arms make up for his lack of weight.
And let's not forget about all of the crazy on-court antics that Hawes brings to the floor. In reality, if you look closely, it appears as though he is a shy person on the court. It's difficult to think of another player with such an introverted personality while playing.
At the moment, Hawes is stepping up in Bynum's absence and bringing as much of a "big man's" game as he can. He is certainly not his season-long replacement, but Hawes' presence is definitely helping to slow down the effects of Bynum being gone.