Is Dwight Howard Worth the Risk?

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

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We have officially entered that magical time of the year where the NBA has crowned a champion and the mad scramble for hot free agents ensues.  This year, like seemingly every year in recent memory, Dwight Howard’s name is at the top of the list.  Now I’m not a person who pays a ton of attention to the NBA, but when you listen to sports radio as much as I do, you catch on to certain facts from time to time.

One fact that I have a firm grasp on is that Dwight Howard is a great basketball player.  Few people can argue with that fact as Howard is one of the best big men in the league.

However, another fact that I have picked up on is that Dwight Howard is usually a thorn in the side of whatever team he is playing for.  The good folks in Orlando would hardly argue with this claim and I’m sure that Stan Van Gundy is just full of lovely things to say about the joys of having Dwight Howard play on your team.

Some people might argue that Howard did pretty well in Los Angeles, which he certainly did…after Kobe went down.  But the rest of the season was just an attitude and injury riddled nightmare.

Now here we sit with teams lining up to pay for his services.  Call me crazy, but Dwight Howard would have no place on my team’s roster, because Dwight Howard seems to do nothing but ruin teams.  If I had a young team that was starting to show a lot of promise, then I wouldn’t want him screwing up that culture.  If I had a team that was “one player away”, I’m quite certain that by the end of the season, my team would be five players and a new coach away from where they started. On top of that, Dwight Howard would probably be upset and demanding a trade.  So I don’t see him as a good fit in that situation either.

Rest assured, Dwight Howard will be signed by someone, but I’m willing to bet that you’ll hear that team’s name quite a bit over the course of the next season…and not in a good way.

I’m not at all suggesting that Dwight Howard is a bad player.  What I am suggesting is this:  how much media scrutiny, bad team chemistry, and bad attitude does it take to cancel out the numbers that Dwight Howard brings to a team?  I think we all know the answer.