Sixers ready to put 2012-13 in the past

Sixers ready to put 2012-13 in the past

April 16, 2013, 7:30 pm
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INDIANAPOLIS -- There is one game remaining for the Sixers, but minds are already thinking about distancing themselves from this season. Spencer Hawes, on the heels of the Sixers’ eight-point loss to the Pistons Monday night, shook his head when thinking about the team's disappointing season coming to an end Wednesday night against the Pacers.

“It is just going to be good to get it over with,” Hawes said. “With all the expectations we had coming in and then the way the season has gone it will be nice to take the positives going forward and flush the rest of it. It was a tough year on everybody; us [and] the fans, anyone involved with the organization.”

When Hawes takes the court Wednesday night, he, along with Evan Turner, will be the only two players on the roster to play all 82 games. Hawes is averaging 11.1 points per game and 7.3 rebounds this season.

In the last 24 games, Hawes has 11 of his 19 double-doubles on the season. He has definitely played well and improved his game in his sixth NBA season.

“Especially the second half of the year has gone better for myself and the team has been playing better, too,” Hawes said. “Hopefully one coincides with the other and moving forward we want to keep the expectations as high as possible and build on it.

“Even if you don’t make the playoffs, you want to be in the hunt until the end."

Thaddeus Young is the longest tenured Sixer with his sixth season nearing completion. This was supposed to be a special year for the 24-year-old Young because he earned a starting position, but also the opportunity -- a failed one at that -- of playing alongside the post presence of an Andrew Bynum, an All-Star center who would have complemented Young’s quickness and athleticism around the rim.

“I have thought each and every day about that,” Young said when asked how often he thinks about what would have been if Bynum had played this season. “I pretty much have thought if we had had the big fella in the middle, pretty much a whole bunch of things could have changed. This team was assembled for him to pretty much work in the post and for him to be able to kick out to Dorell [Wright], Nick Young and Jason Richardson.

“He was the perfect situation for this team. But at the end of the day, it happened where he didn’t play this season. And then J-Rich went down and when guys go down like that, you pray they come back 100 percent when they come back and we just try to finish out for our brothers.”

No one can feel safe as the offseason approaches. According to sources, Doug Collins will not be back. General manager Tony DiLeo has a contract that expires on July 1 -- whether he is asked back is to be determined. Bynum, since having season-ending knee surgery, has not been seen or heard from. There are far more unknowns then clarity with the Sixers' franchise and their future.