09/28/12 9:20 am EST
It goes without saying that the most talked about move of the summer for the 76ers was their acquisition of Andrew Bynum. Plenty of people have chimed in on this, both positively and negatively, and it has (rightly so) been pegged as the team’s most impactful move.
However, one aspect of this trade that has not been analyzed enough is the fact that it ensures that Spencer Hawes will spend the majority of his playing time at the power forward position rather than center. This move will impact different aspects of Hawes’ game in different ways.
First off, let’s take a look at what this will do to Spencer on the offensive side of the ball. Last year, Spencer didn’t exactly play like the prototypical center. Scouts have always said that he has strong skill in the post, but he almost never shows it. Instead, he prefers to play out of the high post or mid-range corner. This spot away from the basket suits his skill set, as he has proved himself to be a valuable distributor (4th in assist rate among qualified centers) while also taking care of the basketball effectively. It should be noted, too, that these assist numbers were accumulated without having Andrew Bynum as an option offensively.