Doug Collins envisions Spencer Hawes in a role that closely mirrors what Pau Gasol does for the Lakers.

“I want (Hawes) to play the Pau Gasol role with (Andrew) Bynum,” Collins said. “Both (Hawes and Gasol) like to play out on the perimeter because they can shoot the ball and are very good passers.”

Hawes posted five double-doubles and averaged 12.5 points on 62.7 percent shooting through the first eight games of last season before being slowed by a strained left achilles. 

“The injury derailed me more than I thought it would at the time,” Hawes told reporters the day after the Sixers were eliminated by the Celtics. “I look forward to bigger and better things (in 2012-13).”