Limiting Fouls Key to Hawes’ Success
(Spencer) Hawes is averaging 12 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists and is shooting 67.6 percent from the floor. He is barely recognizable if you compare him to what he was last season.
But if there is a stat that truly stands out, that shows just how much different a player Hawes is, it’s that he is averaging only 2.3 fouls a game – in 33.3 minutes of play. Last season, the 7-1 center was often in foul trouble, part of the reason he was on the floor for only 21.2 minutes a game.
There are many variables as to why Hawes has become such a good player in the middle for coach Doug Collins. His conditioning is so much better. He has a better frame of mind, has more confidence, and has a familiarity with his coach, all factors in his game that he has never had before.
“It’s time. I’m in my fifth year and I’m 23 now and it’s time to take that next step,” Hawes said. “I think now that I’m a little bit older and I can take a step back. I think you try and overcompensate to get to where you think you should be, but sometimes you don’t know why, you can’t explain it. Time has to take its course and you have to mature in order to improve.