10/18/12 1:06 pm EST
I have written numerous times on this site that I believe Spencer Hawes will not be able to hold on to the starting spot Doug Collins so kindly granted him this summer. If you recall, DC said repeatedly during this past off-season that Hawes would be his starting power forward alongside the newly acquired Andrew Bynum. To me the move just made no sense.
My analysis of this interesting lineup decision was very simple. Yes Spence can stretch the floor on offense with his passing and silky jumper, but Hawes is not physical enough to match up at the other end with the beasts playing at the 4-spot in the NBA. He also isn’t quick enough to cover the weak side when Bynum gets caught out of position while chasing a potential blocked shot. I also went on to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Arnett Moultrie replaced Hawes in the first-five by Christmas time.
Well, Christmas came early this year to Philadunkia nation.
After the jump, video of coach Collins announcing that Hawes likely will not be in the starting lineup on opening night.