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Scouting Dwight Howard: What teams are trying to get

Jul 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

DraftExpress.com is the go-to NBA draft site. If you want to know the scouting lowdown on a college player with NBA potential, this is the site.

One of the things the site does for the elite players is a video showing their strengths and weaknesses, with video to back it up. They are brilliant.

So they decided to put one together on Dwight Howard, to show what the Rockets or Lakers (or maybe Mavs… sorry Warriors and Hawks) will get once Howard makes up his mind. This is a great breakdown of his game.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    DraftExpress is also a great source for pre-draft height & weight. The height includes a measurement without sneakers so you can see if Dwight is actually 6’8″ without his lifts.

    • ozymandias121 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      LOL Yeah, remember Dwight was 18 when he was drafted. By the laws of science you stop growing after you become an adult (sarcasm).

  2. MyTeamsAllStink - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I can’t wait to get a Howard 12 jersey from the clearance rack once he signs with Houston.

  3. logisticalvoices - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    What does Dwight Howard and Karl Malone have in common?
    Both were Guys with diminishing skills who played with the Lakers for a year.

  4. florida727 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Physically, this guy is a freaking beast.

    His only negative is that he’s a late-game liability because he makes less than half his free throws. Think Hack-A-Shaq. If someone, ANYONE, could teach this guy to shoot FTs, he’d possibly go down in history as one of the best centers ever. He has the physical tools. Now he needs to polish up the game skills.

    Whether it’s LA or Houston, someone’s getting a talented big. And I’m not even a fan of his.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Best center ever? What are you smoking?

      This guy is waaaay underachieving if you look at what a physical beast he is..

      He has the potential, but not the heart

  5. apkyletexas - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    His big trouble is at the charity stripe. He would have scored an extra 150 points last year simply by improving his free throw accuracy from his putrid 49% last year to an acceptable 70%. Olajuwan shot 71.6% FT’s for his career, and shot around 76% during his peak seasons, and never had a year close to Howard’s 721 attempts last season. Howard could rack up a lot of extra points late in games by getting to the line and making free throws.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      Great points except that if Howard hit 70 plus percent of his free throws, he wouldn’t have had nearly 721 free throw attempts last year.

      He only got that many because teams were intentionally fouling him because he can’t make his free throws…

      • apkyletexas - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Not true. In 2008 and 2010 he hit right about 60% of his free throws – so he was 11% higher than last year. And yet, he got to the free throw line 849 times in ’08, and 916 times in ’10. Just because he’s hitting free throws doesn’t mean teams will have a choice whether or not to foul him. If you get him the ball near the basket, he’s going to get plenty of calls from the refs.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        apkyletexas

        Good points. I went back and looked at Dwight’s career stats. He’s shot many more free throws in years past.

        Obviously the change from the Magic to the Lakers was a big deal.

        Even his last year in Orlando when he had “only” 572 free throw attempts, he averaged more free throw attempts per game than he did this year in L.A. with his 721 attempts as he only played in 54 games his last year in Orlando due to his back injury.

        So, in looking at all this, it’s safe to say that his one season in LA has been very different than his years in LA as far as free throws are concerned.

        I think much of it has to do with the fact that he played with Kobe. While Pau had a down year, he is still a good player. Also, while Nash is older and only played in 50 games this yr with LA, he still played well as he just missed another 50/90/40 season.

        Dwight was the focal point of those Orlando teams so he was fouled more.

        In LA, Dwight wasn’t the main focal point (Kobe was obviously) and he wasn’t fouled at the same rate he was while he played in Orlando.

        But, when you look at how he played with LA, he was fouled as much as he was because he couldn’t hit his free throws. One must look at the context of his season in LA (not the focal point, other good players with him) and look at his free throw attempts in context of his current team and teammates. Had he hit more of his free throws last yr in LA, he wouldn’t have been fouled as much.

        Another reason I say that is that Dwight’s last year in Orlando and this past yr in LA were his two worst free throw shooting percentages ever.

        The worse he shoots free throws, the more he will be hacked since he isn’t making them pay by hitting his free throws.

  6. dirtydavis - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    D12 is dope

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      D12 is on dope*

  7. aboogy123456 - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Great video shows why this guy is a championship caliber player and makes his teammates so much better. He is the best player in the league without the ball in his hands, and if you only pay attention to his free throw shooting and his post moves then you don’t understand basketball.

    • therealhtj - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      You may want to watch the second half of that video. 18% TO rate in the post. Almost 1 of every 5 post ups for this dude ends up in the other team’s hands.

      He’s an outstanding NBA talent, but his shortcomings, unless he ever overcomes them, will keep whatever team he ends up on from winning a championship. 10 years into his career, it’s doubtful he ever will.

      And to make broad sweeping statements like “if you only pay attention to his free throw shooting and his post moves then you don’t understand basketball,” is about as asinine as asinine gets. You need to look at the complete picture to evaluate a player. Other than wide open dunks, he’s a pretty big negative on the offensive side of the ball.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        Agreed with everything you wrote, except, “Other than wide open dunks, he’s a pretty big negative on the offensive side of the ball.”

        As the video notes, Dwight is excellent as the roll-man in the pick-and-roll. Surround him with shooters to create space and give him an at least somewhat capable point guard, and his potential as a roll-man due to his size, speed, and leaping ability is unmatched.

        Unfortunately, he wants to be seen as a dominant low-post scorer, not solely as a roll-man, but he isn’t skilled enough to maximize his potential as a scorer by demanding low-post touches.

  8. anhdazman - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    As a GSW I can see why teams drool for DH12. He’s so talented and still in the prime of his career. When he is on, he can flat out dominate. He’s in shape year around. He would probably make GSW one of the favorites if he comes aboard.

    But I just feel he’s a headcase and not 100% geared to be a team player. Definitely a prima donna who wants a lot of attention.

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