Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Can Spencer Hawes play big inside?
This one is really no secret, but Spencer Hawes will need to have a career year for Philadelphia as it awaits the return of Bynum.
The Sixers lack a definitive big man.
Kwame Brown hasn't been an answer since he's been in the league. Lavoy Allen is talented and should have a good future, but he doesn't play like a seven-footer—probably because he's not one.
Of course there's Bynum, but who knows when he's coming back.
No, really, does anybody know when he's coming back?
This leaves the hero for the season, Spencer Hawes.
If Hawes can play with some consistency, then he'll help to offset some of Philadelphia's waiting pains.
Nobody is expecting him to play like a big man, because that's clearly not his style. Hawes is a perimeter big that is more comfortable shooting 17-footers than going to his right-handed jump hook.
Still, though, he'll need to do what true big guys do.
He'll need to rebound on both the defensive and offensive end of the floor, but more importantly, he'll need to block shots. Creating some kind of defensive presence in the low post will keep teams from fully taking advantage of Philly's biggest weakness.
Hawes isn't the most important player for the Sixers, but he'll need to play great for Philadelphia to have a deep playoff run.