2014 Outlook: Hawes seemed to finally turn the corner as a pro last season, showing a consistency we hadn't seen during his first five seasons. And even while getting relatively limited minutes (31.0 MPG) in 39 starts, Hawes proved to be a stat-stuffer: 12.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.5 BPG, 46.4 FG%, 81.0 FT%. Unless rookie Nerlens Noel proves capable of returning sooner and stronger from his ACL surgery than most expect, Hawes is in position to play an even larger role this season. He will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, so he should be particularly motivated to perform well. He'll also be the subject of trade rumors all season long.
2014 Outlook: The Sixers got the steal of the draft when they managed to lure Noel away from the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday. They didn't care that the stud shot-blocker is recovering from an ACL injury, because they have a long-term plan that includes stripping their roster bare and taking aim at a top pick (Andrew Wiggins?) in next year's draft. Early reports are that Noel will be out until (appropriately enough) Christmas, but there will be no reason to push him back early, or to give him big minutes until he's fully ready. It's even conceivable that they could hold him out for the season. A great keeper option, but it may be best to leave him undrafted in redraft leagues, barring preseason reports that he'll be back sooner.