Kings Pick Spencer Hawes
June 28, 2007
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David Stern and Spencer HawesThe Kings front line just got bigger and better. With the 10th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Sacramento picked Spencer Hawes, a 7-0 center from the University of Washington. Hawes is one of the most potent offensive low post threats in the draft.
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In early May, Kings.com conducted a poll where 88 percent of respondents thought the Kings should select either a power forward or a center in the draft. Looks like Kings fans just got their wish.
Hawes’ father, Jeff, played at Washington from 1972 to 1974, and his uncle, Steve, played at Washington from 1970 to 1972 before playing in the NBA for 10 years.
So what advice did his pop and uncle give him upon entering the draft? “Hard work!” Hawes said emphatically after hearing his name called by NBA commissioner David Stern. “You’re only as good as the work you put into it,” he said, referring to the advice his dad and uncle gave him. “And everyday I go to workout, that’s the approach I’ll take.”
While many of the other bigs are very good in transition, Hawes is a great fit for the half court game. He can score on the high or low post, and his left or right hand hook has proven to be more than reliable. He’s also a great distributor for his size with passing ability that’s keen beyond his years.
“I hope to contribute in whatever way to help the team win,” Hawes said. “I don't know what that will be yet, but that's something I'm looking forward to.”
In only one season at Washington, Hawes, 19, averaged nearly 15 points per game, and 6.4 boards. He’s a strong shot blocker, as he averaged almost two per outing as a Husky. Some NBA scouts compare him to a well-liked former King, Vlade Divac. He’s also been compared to the Los Angeles Clippers skilled big man, Chris Kaman.
Offensively, he’s as skilled as they come for a big man. Hawes has great footwork, and obviously has been groomed to play in the NBA. He sees the floor extremely well, and has a great feel for passing out of double teams.
A west coast kid from Seattle, Hawes is happy to remain close to family, and can’t wait to play for the Kings 6th Man in Sacramento.
“One of the things I do know about the organization is how great the fans are, and how loyal they are,” Hawes said. “I’ve heard from some people that it’s almost like a college atmosphere, so I can’t wait!”