Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 9:19 am  |  28 responses

Doug Collins Wants Spencer Hawes to Play Like Pau Gasol

With the addition of center Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers big man Spencer Hawes will likely slide over to the power forward position next season. And Sixers coach Doug Collins, who is responsible for making the pieces effectively co-exist, wants Hawes to use his passing and midrange skills to compliment Bynum the same way Pau Gasol used to in Los Angeles. Via NBA.com: “Collins, though, wants Hawes and Bynum to emulate the play of a different towering tandem, one that was disbanded earlier this month—Pau Gasol and, you guessed it, Andrew Bynum. ‘I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with Bynum,’ Collins said. ‘Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers.’ The Spanish forward-center, Gasol, averaged 17.4 points, 10.4 boards, and 3.7 assists in 2011-12, working largely in the high post to create space for his 285-pound frontcourt-mate. If the Sixers can get near the kind of offensive output from Hawes and Bynum that Gasol and Bynum were able to produce in Los Angeles, the team will undoubtedly be thrilled.”

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  • Caribbean cop

    There is potential in Hawes to be great but he needs to find it in him

  • datkid

    you can’t just start “playing like pau” out of nowhere lol… and doug collins knows pau and bynum never really meshed correctly right? bynum’s emergence came about at pau’s expense

  • Fat Lever

    No sh!t Doug. And I want Jrue Holiday to play like Magic. Gasol’s youngest brother at UCLA may be able to beast Spencer.

  • Max

    I think 90% of the coaches wants his pf to play like him.

  • MirChilly

    Hawes has the potential to be 15 and 10 similar to a Brad Miller. The difference with Gasol that he could guard 4′s and 5′s and switch help on 3′s and some 2′s. Hawes isn’t fleet of foot enough to do that. He can be effective though

  • Steven

    Hawes is a better passer than Gasol, and they can be great together as long as Bynum plays his game and stays healthy!

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  • Caboose

    Can anyone find a difference between Hawes and Brad Miller other than a mean streak?

  • RKJ92

    Hawes is ugly as hellllllll?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Huber/749668922 Joe Huber

    I don’t think Doug Collins expects Hawes to average near what Pau did. I think he just intends on using him to spread the floor to make teams choose between respecting Hawes’ outside shot or double Bynum. If they double Bynum expect Hawes to get a lot of open shots. Hawes was doing pretty well pre-injuries last season averaging a double-double. If anything he spreads the floor more than Thad/Lavoy would. Expect Moultrie to eventually replace him in this role within the next two seasons allowing Hawes to either become the backup center or power forward. Kwame looks to be the odd man out when that happens. For now he should be the backup center. I think DC has to be figuring in the loss of defense with Hawes out there, but Bynum will still be there to protect the rim and fight for rebounds.

  • LakeShow

    Did you ever see Miller in those cornrows? Here i’ll do it for you…

  • LakeShow

    Define, “Better Passer”, i’m not seeing it…

  • Drig

    No shit. Hawes a better passer than Gasol? No effing way man. Besides, he’s nowhere near as consistent or skilled as Pau. And he can’t even read the game quick enough to make super crisp passes from what I’ve seen of him.

  • Comment_System

    he can pass the ketchup better yeah

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Hawes is definitley got the touch….he always hits those open elbow and corner shots. He will undoubtibly have a better year since hes playing with Bynum.

  • Chukaz

    Next up he’ll say he want Evan Turner to play like MJ or Kobe and Jrue Holiday to play like Chris Paul. He’ll want Thad Young to play like Barkley and Kwame Brown like Dream. Shit, I want my Charger to run like a Ferrari and look like a BMW 7 Series, but it’s not gonna happen.

  • BlackPhantom

    Keep dreaming, Doug.

  • Senor Bajo

    Having Hawes COMPLIMENT Bynum would be a great COMPLEMENT…or is it the other way around?

  • robb

    yeah and I want to jump like Tdub

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com/content/view/424/37/ Shock Exchange

    Collins’ comments just goes to show you that it was Pau Gasol / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ who was the straw that stirred the drink in L.A.

  • http://twitter.com/Ballaches John Ballache

    76ers HAD no half court offense and relied on turnovers, steals to move the ball, This gave Hawes the opportunity to pass and he did it well, he was also very good passing out of being double teamed. This was all prior to his injury last year. I

  • LakeShow

    ^So then… He’s a better passer than Pau? Not seeing it.

  • kc

    hawes is soft like gasol so thats a start

  • kc

    Im kidding actually gasol isn’t as soft as people think. As a long suffering philly fan i know hawes just isnt very good at anything on a basketball court. Gasol is one of the most talented bigs in the league. Sorry doug not gonna happen.

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    he means style wise

  • Sal19134

    For all u haters Hawes is still only 23 and before injury last year was ag 12, 10 n nearly 4 apg. The plan was to play Hawes at PF and use his passing and outside shooting to spread the floor for the Sixer slashers before Bynum arrived. Hawes isn’t as athletic as Gasol or as consistent nor does he have Paus dribble game. But Hawes has all the skills to become a high post threat he just needs to stay healthy. People were saying the same things about Roy Hibbert b4 last year cuz most big men take forever to develop.

  • jonasjlp

    Fans want Collins to coach like Phil Jackson.

  • Kidd

    Wasn’t Hawes averaging like 12pts, 10rebs, 5ast in the beginning of the season?