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Spencer Hawes
Sacramento Kings  – No. 31
Center
Born April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28) (age 21)
Seattle, Washington
Nationality USA
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
League NBA
High school Seattle Prep,
Seattle, Washington
College Washington
Draft 10th overall, 2007
Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2007–present
Awards 2007 Pac-10 First team
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Spencer Hawes (born April 28, 1988, in Seattle, Washington) is an American basketball player who was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2007 NBA Draft. He is the nephew of Steve Hawes, a retired National Basketball Association (NBA) player[1].

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High school

Hawes played center at Seattle Prep, an elite college-prep school in Seattle, WA. The team won the state championship for the 2005–2006 season and Hawes was named the tournament MVP. He might have entered the 2006 NBA Draft had the NBA not enacted a new rule requiring players to wait a year after their class graduates from high school.

  • Named 2006 Gatorade Boys Basketball Washington Player of the Year and Seattle Times player of the year.

USA Basketball

Spencer Hawes debuted for USA Basketball in April of 2006 as a member of the 2006 USA Junior National Select Team that defeated the World Select Team 109–91 at the Nike Hoop Summit in Memphis, Tenn.

In the Summer of 2006, Hawes led all scorers with 24 points and added 10 rebounds, contributing to a United States men's team victory over Argentina in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas under-18 Championship by a score of 104–82.[3] Overall, Hawes averaged 12.0 points and 7.5 rebounds during the tournament. The U.S. team was coached by Hawes' eventual college coach, Lorenzo Romar.

College

Hawes led the Washington Huskies in scoring with 14.9 points per game, ranked 10th in the Pac-10. Hawes also ranked second on the Huskies with 6.4 rebounds per game, ninth in the Pac-10. Spencer Hawes set a school record for freshmen with 461 points, despite missing one game due to a left ankle sprain.

Hawes scored 20 or more points nine times, while posting three double-doubles. He was also named to the Pac-10 all-freshman team.[4].

NBA career

Hawes was projected to go as high as fifth overall to the Celtics to as low as twelfth overall to the 76ers.[5]. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 10th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Hawes played sparingly in his rookie season of 2007/2008. Although appearing in 71 games, he averaged 13.1 minutes and started only 8. He averaged a modest 4.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and .6 blocks per game with a .459 field goal percentage.

In his second season as a pro, opportunities opened up for Hawes when the starting center Brad Miller was traded to the Chicago Bulls. Hawes' numbers went up in every major statistical category, at 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game with a .466 field goal percentage in 29.3 minutes per game. Hawes also started in 51 games, but missed the final game of the season due to an injury that occurred from a flagrant foul assessed to Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets.[6] The foul would result in controversy as Kings co-owner, Joe Maloof, would later state, "That (the hard foul) was thuggery, and you can quote me on that."[7]

Personal

Hawes is a conservative Republican and a critic of Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth.[8] ESPN reported on draft night that he loves to debate politics and has a "God Bless George W. Bush" bumper sticker on his automobile. Hawes has appeared on the Lars Larson Show, a conservative radio talk show.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Sacramento 71 8 13.1 .459 .190 .655 3.2 .6 .2 .6 4.7
2008–09 Sacramento 77 51 29.3 .466 .348 .662 7.1 1.9 .6 1.2 11.4
Career 148 59 21.6 .464 .324 .660 5.3 1.3 .4 .9 8.2

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