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Too many times this season, Spencer Hawes was in position to throw down a dunk, but instead missed a layup.
Maybe it's because he's afraid to go up strong and take contact or maybe it's because he spends most of his time on the perimeter taking jump shots, but Hawes comes off as soft at times.
A 7'1" and 245-pound player should never be labeled as soft.
Hawes has proved his ability to knock down outside shots from almost anywhere inside the three-point arc. What does deserve questioning, however, is his inability to score in the paint as a center.
It is rare when Hawes posts up on the low block. The new coach must show Hawes what it takes to use his frame and go against fellow centers.
And these post-ups can't always end up with kick-outs or running one-handers. Hawes must be taught inside moves that will see him getting to the rim at a more consistent rate. When at the rim, lay-ups might be the only option at times, but Hawes needs to display more strength and toughness on occasion by slamming it home.
All coaches are different in their way of motivating players. Maybe Hawes needs to be verbally lashed out upon or simply put to the test in physical practice drills. Either way, Hawes needs to toughen up around the rim.