Inside Spencer Hawes : The Reasons for Recent Success

In Wednesday night’s win against the Milwaukee Bucks, Spencer Hawes recorded his fifth double-double in seven games. To be exact, Hawes had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the win. It is no coincidence that the Sixers share Hawes’ recent success, winning five of their last nine games after losing twelve of thirteen.

Spencer has averaged a double-double ever since being held scoreless against Golden State at the beginning of this month. In his 14 games since then, he has averaged more than 14 points and 10 rebounds.

As you may expect, most of Hawes’ numbers are up from a month ago, but the most dramatic improvement is his shooting percentage. In February, the Sixers’ starting center shot just 38.3%. So far this month, he has shot a much improved 51.9%. Even more impressively, his shooting percentage from the field is 55.9% in his last ten games.

Activity on the glass has also been much stressed by Spencer Hawes in this recent stretch, improving his rebounding totals by nearly 1.5 per game from last month. Hawes averaged just 8 rebounds per game in February, and is currently averaging 9.4 in March. Anybody who knows Spencer is aware that he is one of the best play-making big men in the NBA. It has been on full display in his last ten games, averaging 4 per game after averaging just a shade over 2 a month ago.

Defensively, his production has gone up with the rest of his game. After averaging just a block per game in February, Hawes has averaged 2.5 in his last ten, and 2.3 for the month. It is to no surprise that as his defense has improved so has his plus/minus. The 7-footer’s plus/minus rating has gone up 7.9 points from last month. A month ago, it sat at an absolutely awful -6.6. Through 28 days this month, he is currently at +1.3, and is at an even more impressive +3.1 through his last ten games.

Spencer Hawes has received much criticism to this point in his career, much of it deserved, but he has been nothing short of spectacular of late. When Hawes plays well, so do the Sixers. Consistency is still a huge concern for the former Washington Huskie, but if this is a sign of things to come, the Sixers’ front office has to be excited.


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