Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 J.N.

Has Dwight Howard offensively peaked?

Also, shout outs to Dwight Howard’s shenanigans and gimmicks with the elbows and physical play. Shutting down him is simple – play mind games a la Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer. Shout outs to 1980s and 1990s hardcore basketball. I’m convinced that he would not last during that era. Howard gets frustrated too quickly once another big man defends him very well. He expresses that by throwing in cheap shots. If anyone denies it, I don’t know what you are watching.

The 2010 playoffs demonstrated that Howard’s offensive skills are lacking. The meme that was placed on Shaquille O’Neal during his youth applies to Howard today – dunks and put backs. Repeat that again. Dunks and put backs. Dunks and put backs until your brain bleeds out Kobe Bryant dunking on Dwight Howard circa 2004. It’s obvious that he concentrated mostly on perfecting his defense than the other half after that facial.

If you saw Dwight Howard walking down the street, what would you tell him?

Don’t pussyfoot around him and walk to the other side of the street. That’s pathetic. Instead, keep it real. Do like Soulja Boy and tell ‘em; watch some Hakeem Olajuwon Youtube videos and holla back. No superstar should be coming up with 7 points and 7 rebounds in a playoff game – absolutely none. His next two performances still did not make up for that awful monstrosity. Marcin Gortat can get those numbers as a starter. What’s the deal?

D. Howard marginally improved on offense. To be honest, he mainly learned more nuances about the game to get by. That is merely it. He did not show any evolution in his scoring at all. Who do we blame? Patrick Ewing or Howard?

I’m pretty sure most of this is on Howard.

He’s been in the league for 6 years and counting. There is no need to focus mainly on his statistics since this is about how he gets his points. His free throw is a bit better than Ben Wallace and that is not a compliment by the way. There will be games where he gets 30 points just like he did in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, but those guys were old. Is it a fluke when he scores over 30 points?

I’m not sure if it is a fluke or more attributed to his freakish athletic ability and strength. His highest scoring average was in his 4th season at 20.7. After that, it has been decreasing. Why is that? Only Howard knows that answer. I questioned before why D-12 was averaging less than 7 shots per game during a stretch somewhere. We can see why now. He is definitely not a number one scoring option where you can give him the ball in the paint and expect points out of nothing like Hakeem and Ewing. Dwight is not that type. He’s a fine second option though.

Here’s one thing fans cling on – Potential.  I’m not sure if he has much left.
 

Does he still have any more potential on offense? How can he improve?

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