Let’s take a quick look into what to expect from Howard this season.
1. Scoring Inside
Dwight Howard averaged 16.6 points in the 2017-18 season. That’s double the amount Marcin Gortat brought to the table with 8.4 points. With other teams in the league forming super rosters, scoring is a necessity down low to complement the main scoring done by Beal and Wall. While Dwight is becoming that of a veteran, this may be the perfect move to revitalize his career and bring in some 20 and 20 games.
Howard is known as a showman. Whether it be his pranks pulled or his dunk contest performances, Dwight is a pure entertainer. One characteristic of his that is not reflected in his numbers is his smiling. Dwight always seems to have a smile on his face. This makes him a fan favorite wherever he goes. He will bring this to the court and may even be responsible for the Wizards to actually have some fun playing the game of basketball.
Obviously, Dwight is a rebound machine. Standing at 6’11 and 265 lbs., he is a force to be reckoned with. Last season Dwight averaged 12.5 rebounds per game. As previously stated, we want some 20 and 20 games out of him. A drop in his rebounding occurred when he was constantly moving teams, but last season he put up numbers similar to those of when he was on Orlando. Hopefully, the numbers keep climbing. The expectations are high for him to outshine the work that Gortat did. This is no small task. I believe Dwight is up to the challenge.
4. Inside Information
Dwight Howard has played for five teams (not including the Wizards). After a successful stint in Orlando, he bounced around from team to team. Dwight is now 32. Howard knows the ins and outs of the league and hopefully, he can pass along some of his knowledge onto the younger players on the team. I have a feeling he will evolve Ian Mahinmi’s game, which is very needed. I was shaky about Mahinmi becoming the starting center but this eases my worries. I like Mahinmi and enjoy his back up performances coming off the bench with high energy. Hopefully, Dwight can turn Ian into a better player overall in his short time here.
5. A Better Attitude Towards The Game
Led by the tough play of John and Keef, the Wizards have a chip on their shoulder every time they come out. While intensity is not a negative, the players sometimes get distracted and let their emotions get the best of them. Dwight will bring a fun loving viewpoint towards the game that will hopefully rub off on the other players. The Wiz should remain physical but should not aim to be a dirty team. Famous scuffles with teams like the Raptors and the Celtics show the immaturity of the Wizards and sometimes cost them. Hopefully, Howard can get them to ease up and enjoy having fun during the game.
Let’s give the guy a shot to prove all the haters wrong.