Spencer Hawes

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Spencer Hawes
Spencer Hawes 76ers.jpg
Hawes (left) with the 76ers
No. 10 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-04-28) April 28, 1988 (age 26)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Seattle Preparatory
(Seattle, Washington)
College Washington (2006–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing career 2007–present
Career history
20072010 Sacramento Kings
20102014 Philadelphia 76ers
2014 Cleveland Cavaliers
2014–present Los Angeles Clippers
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Spencer Mason Hawes (born April 28, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2007 NBA Draft and is the nephew of Steve Hawes, a retired NBA player.[1]

High school career[edit]

Hawes played center at Seattle Prep, an elite college-prep school in Seattle, Washington. The team won the state championship in the 2005–06 season and Hawes was named the tournament MVP. He might have entered the 2006 NBA Draft had the NBA not enacted a new rule requiring players to wait a year after their class graduates from high school. Following the 2005–06 season, Hawes was selected as an Associated Press All-American, McDonald's All-American, Parade Magazine All-American, and USA Today All-American.[2] He was also named 2006 Gatorade Boys Basketball Washington Player of the Year and Seattle Times player of the year.

USA Basketball[edit]

Spencer Hawes debuted for USA Basketball in April 2006 as a member of the 2006 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 109–91 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tenn.

In the Summer of 2006, Hawes led all scorers with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, contributing to a United States men's team victory over Argentina in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas under-18 Championship by a score of 104–82.[3] Overall, Hawes averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during the tournament. The U.S. team was coached by Hawes' eventual college coach, Lorenzo Romar.

College career[edit]

Hawes attended and played at the University of Washington, where his uncle, Steven, and his father, Jeff, both played basketball. Hawes led the Huskies in scoring with 14.9 points per game, ranked 10th in the Pac-10. Hawes also ranked second on the Huskies with 6.4 rebounds per game, ninth in the Pac-10. Spencer Hawes set a school record for freshmen with 461 points, despite missing one game due to a left ankle sprain. This record was later broken by Isaiah Thomas.

Hawes scored 20 or more points nine times, while posting three double-doubles. He was also named to the Pac-10 all-freshman team.[4]

NBA career[edit]

Hawes makes a foul shot against the Phoenix Suns on 27 January 2014

Hawes was projected to go as high as fifth overall to the Celtics to as low as twelfth overall to the 76ers.[5] He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Hawes played sparingly in his rookie season of 2007/2008. Although appearing in 71 games, he started only 8 and averaged 13.1 minutes per game. He averaged a modest 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and .6 blocks per game with a .459 field goal percentage.

In his second season as a pro, opportunities opened up for Hawes when the starting center Brad Miller was traded to the Chicago Bulls. Hawes' numbers went up in every major statistical category, at 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game with a .466 field goal percentage in 29.3 minutes per game. Hawes also started in 51 games, but missed the final game of the season due to an injury that occurred from a flagrant foul assessed to Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets.[6] The foul would result in controversy as Kings co-owner, Joe Maloof, would later state, "That (the hard foul) was thuggery, and you can quote me on that."[7]

On June 17, 2010 he was traded along with Andres Nocioni to the Philadelphia 76ers for center Samuel Dalembert.[8] Hawes ended the 2010-11 NBA season having averaged 7.2 points per game.

On March 16, 2013 Hawes recorded 18 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 blocks in a win against the Indiana Pacers.[9]

On November 22, 2013, Hawes recorded 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists in a 115-107 OT victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Hawes hit a clutch three pointer with 3.9 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime.[10] As of December 2013, Hawes ranks in the top 20 for three point field goal percentage in 2013–14.[11]

On February 20, 2014, Hawes was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Earl Clark, Henry Sims and two future second-round picks.[12]

On July 9, 2014, Hawes signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Sacramento 71 8 13.1 .459 .190 .655 3.2 .6 .2 .6 4.7
2008–09 Sacramento 77 51 29.3 .466 .348 .662 7.1 1.9 .6 1.2 11.4
2009–10 Sacramento 72 59 26.4 .468 .299 .689 6.1 2.2 .4 1.2 10.0
2010–11 Philadelphia 81 81 21.2 .465 .243 .534 5.7 1.5 .4 .9 7.2
2011–12 Philadelphia 37 29 24.9 .489 .250 .727 7.3 2.6 .4 1.3 9.6
2012–13 Philadelphia 82 40 27.2 .464 .356 .777 7.2 2.2 .3 1.4 11.0
2013–14 Philadelphia 54 53 31.3 .451 .399 .782 8.5 3.3 .6 1.3 13.0
2013–14 Cleveland 27 25 29.8 .468 .448 .784 7.7 2.4 .5 1.0 13.5
Career 500 346 24.9 .465 .361 .703 6.4 2.0 .4 1.1 9.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011 Philadelphia 5 5 19.6 .364 .000 .500 3.8 1.8 .0 .4 5.2
2012 Philadelphia 13 12 25.5 .463 .400 .731 6.6 1.6 .3 .8 9.3
Career 18 17 23.8 .440 .333 .700 5.8 1.7 .2 .7 8.2

Personal[edit]

Hawes is a conservative Republican and a critic of Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth.[14] ESPN reported on draft night that he loves to debate politics and has a "God Bless George W. Bush" bumper sticker on his car. Hawes has appeared on the Lars Larson Show, a conservative radio talk show.

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