Apr 9, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) on the bench in the second half against the New Orleans Hornets at the Staples Center. Lakers won 104-96. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Old Faces In New Places: Dwight Howard

Old Team: Los Angeles Lakers

New Team: Houston Rockets

Role: Starter

Best Case Scenario: The biggest name in free agency this summer was Dwight Howard, and he did the unthinkable. He left the Los Angles Lakers. Nobody leaves the Lakers. Well, I guess times are changing, and he made the best decision. He left an old, beaten Laker team for a young, energetic group in the Houston Rockets. Howard is going to thrive in this new situation. You will see the Howard you saw in his successful Orlando days. He will dominate defensively and shoot a high percentage. He will even shoot 90 percent from the free throw line – OK, let’s not get carried away. He will still stink it up from the charity stripe. With a fun group including James Harden and Chandler Parsons, Howard will be his usual fun-loving character. That’s when he plays at his best. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers just didn’t fit his personality.

Worst Case Scenario: The worst thing that could happen for Howard is an injury. This isn’t unlikely, seeing that the past two years he has struggled with back and shoulder issues. Howard could again have major back problems and miss a big part of the season, or see his minutes reduced. He’ll get his rebounding numbers, but he won’t be his dominant self.

What Will Really Happen: Howard is going to have a fun time with this team. He will be the same Howard he was in Orlando, averaging 20-plus points and grabbing 10-plus rebounds. He will lead the Rockets to the Western Conference second round where a healthy Oklahoma City squad will knock them out.

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