Spencer Hawes joined the Milwaukee Bucks late in the season, but he made his presence felt in certain areas. How should we look back on his year with Milwaukee?
It’s probably fair to say that Spencer Hawes was not on the Milwaukee Bucks’ radar for most of last offseason and the first half of 2016-17.
Beginning the year as a member of the Charlotte Hornets, Hawes was an end-of-bench big man in his 10th year in the league. In other words, other franchises weren’t exactly knocking on the door looking to acquire his services.
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It’s been reiterated time and time again, but the value in the trade with the Hornets came through subtraction rather than addition.
The actual talents of Hibbert and Hawes were mostly irrelevant – what mattered was that both of them were on expiring deals (with a catch in Hawes’ case).
Hibbert was later traded to the Denver Nuggets for a heavily protected future second-round draft pick, but Hawes remained on the roster, although he did not get into a game for almost a month.
Over his few months with the team, Hawes never started a game or played over 20 minutes, but still made an impact in the team in his time.
In order to properly rate his season, we’ll look at the best and worst aspects of his play as well as the single game of his that most stands out.
In addition to that, we’ll also examine how Hawes fits into the Bucks’ plans moving forward into this offseason and beyond.