Hello, bloggers and bloggettes! Today, we are going to play a game! Here are the numbers for four hall of fame centers and Dwight Howard, all from the ages 22-26. Ready, go!
Player A: 23.0 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 52% field goals
Player B: 27.0 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 57% field goals
Player C: 20.6 points, 13.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 59% field goals
Player D: 21.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.8 blocks, 53% field goals
Player E: 24.3 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 54% field goals
Player A is Hakeem Olajuwon, Player B is Shaquille O’Neal, Player C is Dwight Howard, Player D is Patrick Ewing, and Player E is David Robinson.
In my opinion, those are the best five centers since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Dwight Howard is certainly in the same conversation with these men at this point. Howard tops the group in rebounds per game and field goal percentage, and blocks more shots than Shaq. Although Dwight is at the bottom of the list in points per game, none of these players peaked in scoring until they were all between the ages of 27-31. That’s right, Dwight Howard should, if history is indicative of future performance, be entering his prime as a basketball player.
Scary, right? How valuable would Dwight Howard be if he averaged 25-14-4 while doubling as the leagues top defensive player?
Rumor has it that Dwight Howard wants to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets. I understand this thinking. The threesome of Deron Williams, newly-acquired Joe Johnson, and Howard would prove to be a formidable tandem. Who wouldn’t want to play in Brooklyn’s new $1 billion dollar arena? There’s no doubt that Dwight Howard could go on and have a hall of fame career there.
But that’s not the right move.
The right move is to pack up his bags and head to Los Angeles. In purple and gold, Howard could follow in the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal and become Hollywoods new #1 star. He could play with Kobe Bryant (imagine the pick and rolls… and rebound opportunities). He has a chance to expand upon his legacy by bringing a couple titles to the storied Laker franchise. For the Lakers, his career would be certified. No more dunk contest – spectacle wearing – big teddy bear – blue and silver pinstripes. No, that Dwight Howard is gone. The new Dwight Howard catches lobs at the rim and high-fives Jack Nicholson sitting courtside. Why wouldn’t Howard want to be apart of that tradition?
And what if the Lakers make a run at Steve Nash?! Kobe, Nash, and Howard would have to be considered in the same ballpark as Wade-James-Bosh, right? They may, actually, be a more conventional fit as a threesome. Point guard, scoring guard, big guy. Nobody would step on anyone else’s toes. Maybe that’s wishful thinking. Or maybe it’s a championship formula.
Come on, big guy. Fly up to L.A. and feel the California love!