Every year in the NBA we get to see some players who start off the season as underrated, non – factor players and end up being significant pieces of their respective teams. The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping that Spencer Hawes will emerge as one next season. Lob City brought in the versatile 28 – year old forward to upgrade their weak backup front line. Will Hawes be the X-Factor for the Los Angeles
Clippers next season? And can he make the difference during the playoffs?
The certain fact is that Spencer Hawes is not a typical player. He made his presence felt last season both when he was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and after he got traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite his 7’1” height he is a very versatile player and a great shooter. In fact, Hawes averaged 44.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc after he joined the Cavs. The 2013 – 2014 season was a breakaway for him.
Now, Hawes will be assigned with the task of providing some productivity when Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are catching a breather. And chances are he responds to the call perfectly. After all, Hawes was very productive last season, and his performance is only getting better, as he is entering his prime.
Although he has little postseason experience, the versatile forward is now mature enough, and he can be a factor for Lob City during the playoffs next season. Doc Rivers’s team is looking to seriously contend for the NBA Championship. And it will need all its weapons lined up when the time comes. Spencer Hawes may end up being the most underrated player of the team next season.
The Los Angeles Clippers were that close to making to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history last season. They were powerful; they had lots of strengths but also a few holes in their team. One of their most significant weaknesses was the lack of a quality backup big men. Glen Davis was just not at his best last season, Ryan Hollis was never reliable, and the rest of the big men couldn’t vitally help the team.
The addition of Spencer Hawes came to address that exact need. In order for Lob City to seriously contend for the Larry O’Brien trophy next season, it will need to fix all those little holes it has in its roster. Now, with Hawes on the bench, Doc Rivers will have yet another reliable option to use. Hawes is a player who can make the difference on both ends of the floor, thanks to his size and his shooting abilities. .
The Los Angeles Clippers will enter the 2014 – 2015 season with significantly more chances to make it to the top this time. And Spencer Hawes may end up being the X-Factor for Lob City.
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