Is Spencer Hawes the Sixers' MVP?

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
  Sixers Opp.                 Sixers Opp.
Wins 12-2 6-6
Points/Game           101.71 86.29 90.25 88.17
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%
Rebounds/Game 42.64 44.93 43.75 44.08
   Off. Reb./Game 9.14 13.29 10.33 9.42
Assists/Game 23.29 18.57 21.67 18.75
   Assists/FG .581 .548 .594 .547
Steals/Game 9.43 6.21 7.92 4.92
Blocked Shots/Game 5.07 4.93 4.25 4.33
Turnovers/Game 10.64 14.79 9.75 12.92

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