NBA Trade Deadline: Liberty Ballers' own Michael Levin on Spencer Hawes

Immediately after the Cavs traded for Spencer Hawes, Liberty Ballers' Michael Levin shot us an email asking if we wanted a scouting report on Spencer Hawes. Here's what he told us.

The Cavaliers have traded for Spencer HawesWoopty-do, what does it all mean, Basil?

Well, luckily Michael Levin is a god send and sent us some awesome information on what to expect from Hawes. Mike and Spencer have a very odd relationship. When Hawes first signed with the 76ers, Mike spoke these words about Hawes:

"It feels like an American flag was just shoved up my rectum and out my throat."

Seems reasonable. He never hated Hawes the person -- this is an essential part here -- but Hawes the basketball player at first. However, Mike and Hawes' relationship blossomed beyond this awful start and culminated in him #HanginWithSpencer when he made a trip to Washington over the later portion of last offseason. This story is legitimately hilarious and amazing. You should all listen to it on the #RightsToRickySanchez Podcast that I linked above.

So to say Mike's feelings are conflicted would be a fair statement. Here is what he told me:

Hawes. Man, it's tough to put aside the middle school crush that's grown in me these last six months and assess him as just a player. I'll try. He's the best. I'll try.

Do not expect a basketball player. Sorry, got ahead of myself. Do not expect something that looks like a basketball player. He's strangely shaped and often lumbering on the court, he'll put goofy english on just about everything inside of 5 feet, and he doesn't run down the court so much as he shuffles quickly. But he's one of the best offensive centers in the game -- for real.

His jumper is legitimate, especially from the top of the key. He'll kill at P&R's with Kyrie even though he doesn't set screens, rather slip through them for a pop. But it works. He's shooting about 50% on straightaway threes, but it feels like 80%. No arc, odd form, all net. Spence can also handle a bit, pass a lot, and be quirky around the rim with floaters, up-and-unders, etc. He'll really be an asset to the putrid Cavs offense, especially if Brown lets him stay out around the three-point line and doesn't Doug Collins him a few steps forward. Huge for spacing.

Defensively.... nah. He can rebound alright -- though all of his rebounds always seem uncontested -- but you don't want his footwork on the perimeter, and you don't want him getting bullied down low. He can block shots a little and I wouldn't say he's an awful defender. Actually, I might. The Sixers are so bad this year that it's hard to judge any individual player on his defense. In a better system (like Doug's was in years past), he can be not a liability, which is something.

And from a personality standpoint, there are few NBA guys that generate more comedy. That's massive value. Enjoy the whole package. He's a great dude with great fingerguns and great hair. Make the playoffs, please.

Thanks, Mike. This, along with #SteveHawes should go a long way towards endearing Hawes to Cavs' fans.

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker