Dwight Howard, the notorious “Superman” of the NBA is once again on the trading block. The rumors are in and apparently Dwight has told reporters he will not be returning to the Orlando Magic for the 2012/13 season, and will be requesting a trade in the summer. After suffering a season ending injury during a harmless play with Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala, Howard under went surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. He will be sidelined for the upcoming playoffs and will miss his chance for another shot at gold in this years Olympic games in London.
Averaging over 20.6 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, Dwight Howard is the most dominating big man the league has seen since the days of Shaquille O’Neal. Known for his charismatic personality and charming antics on and off the court; not to mention his “Hulk” like stature; players like Dwight only come around once in a blue moon. His presence alone changes the way other players think when he’s on the floor. Their shot will either get swatted away into the third row, or cradled with his bear like paws he calls his hands; and that’s only on defense. On offense, you can just throw the ball anywhere near the rim and he’ll throw it down with his head nearly reaching the top of the backboard. Dwight Howard is a player you keep on your team what ever means necessary.
But for this season, the Orlando Magic have done a poor job displaying their commitment to their Four Time Defensive Player Of The Year. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith explains that “things are escalating to very uncomfortable levels, simply because Dwight Howard feels like the organization and the team itself has turned their back to him.” Players, coaches and the whole Orlando Magic organization have to realize that without their starting center, they have no game plan. For years we have seen Stan Van Gundy display his scheme of throwing the ball in the middle until all five defenders crowd Dwight, leaving the rest of the team open to jack up threes. All the Magic had to do was fill these positions with players who knew how to shoot, and how to shoot well. They’ve done a decent job with the likes of Ryan Anderson, J.J. Reddick, and the infamous Hedo “Ball” Turkoglu, but without “Superman”, all they’ve got in the middle is one big “Baby”.
At the end of the day, rumors will be rumors and no one has a better understanding of what the big man is going to do in the off season than Dwight Howard himself. But one can always dream of Dwight switching the “Superman” symbol with a Raptor claw. I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.
So where do you think Dwight should go? Should he stay in Orlando or ask to be traded? Give me your thoughts.