On a day that’s actually Wednesday!
Here’s an odd one, in which we’ll be using career averages.
Player A: Age 22, 8.4 PTS, 5.5 REB, 1.5 AST, 1.0 BLK, 47% FG, 31% 3FG, 22.4 minutes/game
Player B: Age 23, 7.4 PTS, 3.8 REB, 0.5 AST, 0.5 BLK, 49% FG, 17% 3FG, 15.0 minutes/game
Can you guess who’s who, which is the Sixer and which is not?
OK, well, this was a trick shot. They’re both Sixers.
Player A: Spencer Hawes
Player B: Marreese Speights
So what’s the point of this one? Perception. Marreese Speights, seen by me at least, still has a lot of untapped potential. Spencer Hawes, as an impending free agent, is a lost cause. Yet with career averages and age taken into consideration, Hawes looks to be the guy you don’t want to let go. Taking defense into consideration (in which Hawes is superior), Hawes is much better at everything statistically but scoring and shooting percentages (and contract – Hawes expires after this year). And he’s younger. And he’s a center.
I can’t stand watching Hawes passively play basketball, but he’s still a viable NBA center. Which will be the point of his player review, coming next on the blog. And it shows that maybe, just maybe, that we let the “untapped potential” take away from people who help the team.
I’m not advocating Spencer Hawes as a starting center, but remember that our other bigs (Battie, Songaila, Speights, Brackins) are all worse than him. Then read this, and weep.