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April 26, 2007

New perspective on Hawes

Posted by Bob Condotta at 7:00 PM

Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News comes up with a new reasoning behind Spencer Hawes' decision to test the NBA waters that I have to admit I haven't heard before.

DeCourcy writes this week, at the bottom of this short notebook, that Hawes "entered the NBA draft because of concern that his ratings would drop as he aged.''

DeCourcy cites no source for his information.

But it seems to go counter to the conventional wisdom of many that he'd only help his stock if he had another year of college to get bigger, stronger and more experienced.

And if true, it's also one more indication that he isn't coming back.

It's an interesting theory, though I wish there was just a little more explanation.

If this is true, is Hawes worried that the more people see of him they'd find holes in his game? Or simply that the longer he stays out of the draft, the less he becomes the Flavor of the Month, a hot, young player with tons of potential?

Speaking of Hawes, here's one person who doesn't seem to think his stock is dropping. John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News writes that Hawes won't make it out of the top 10 and that the 76ers should snap him up if he's there when they pick.