Okay, maybe that's a little bit of a stretch, but it did keep us from using a "Spencer For Hire" headline. And the thought of Hawes as the Sixers' key may not be as farfetched as you think.
Hawes, who has missed 12 games off-and-on with a bad back, is averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and shooting 56.8% from the floor. But also consider:
♦ The Sixers are 12-2 when Hawes plays; 6-6 when he doesn't.
♦ They have not lost a game in which Hawes has played in 2012. Their last loss with him was Dec. 30. Since then, they are 11-0 when he plays.
♦ When Hawes plays, the Sixers shoot 7.5 percentage points higher than their opponents. When he doesn't, they are virtually even.
♦ The Sixers are outscoring their opponents by over 15 points a game in games in which he appears. Without him, it is just over two a game.
Here are the numbers in games Hawes plays and games he does not:
|GAMES WITH HAWES||GAMES WITHOUT HAWES|
|Field Goal Pct.||48.3%||40.8%||43.7%||43.6%|
|3-Pt. FG Pct.||40.5%||26.1%||37.6%||35.9%|
|Free Throw Pct.||73.3%||71.7%||69.6%||70.8%|