Finally the playoffs are here! As in past seasons, I'll be posting special #hpft features of one player from each team in the playoffs.
Today's #heplayedforthem features the 7'1" C/PF from Seattle, he spent 1 season as a Washington Husky, the 10th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, he's a 10 year NBA vet and is currently playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, @spenceneedle.
After spending 3 seasons in Sacramento (the team that drafted him) & 3 more seasons with the 76ers, Hawes found himself being traded for the second time in his career to the Cleveland Cavilers. On February 20th, 2014 Hawes was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Cavs for Earl Clark, Henry Sims, a 2014 2nd round draft pick and a 2014 2nd round draft pick. At the time the Cavs were riding a 6 game winning steak, needed depth in the front line after Anderson Varejao was out for a significant amount of time with a back injury, and they were chasing the last spot in the East for the playoffs with just being 3 games back. For the 76ers, this was in the beginning stages of the tanking process and they were desperate for picks and young prospects.
Hawes suited up for the Cavs for only 27 games, but started in 25 of them. His season averages are as follows: 13.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 bpg, on 46.8% from the floor. During the summer of 2014, Hawes signed with the Clippers, which was supposed to address the much needed depth off the bench, but that did not materialize as planned.
The Bucks have now lost their last 7 playoff series (which have all been in the first round). Their last playoff series win? 2000-01 season when they beat the Hornets in the semis, but then lost to A.I. and the 76ers in 7 games during the ECF. The Bucks' roster then included the likes of Ray Allen, Rafer Alston, Sam Cassell, Darvin Ham, Lindsey Hunter, Jerome Kersey, Elvin Johnson, Michael Redd, Glenn Robinson and Tim Thomas. -
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