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Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  136 responses

Top 50: Dwight Howard, no. 8

It’s put up and shut up for Dwight in ’13-14.

by Maurice Bobb / @ReeseReport

When I was a kid, I was gifted this game called “Operation” one Christmas. Let me tell you, it was friggin’ addictive. If you don’t know the game, it’s simple. It’s an electronic game of skill where a player has to “operate” on a patient named “Cavity Sam,” who has a bulbous red light bulb nose that lights up when you eff up. The object is to remove Sam’s funny ailment parts with a pair of tweezers. If you touch the sides while trying to remove say, his “wretched ankle” for example, the nose buzzer sounds—“AAHHT!”—and you’re screwed because you lose your turn.

That first week or so, you’d have thought I was making a twisted Kanye West beat with all that blasted buzzing. But miraculously, I got better and soon mastered cutting up ol’ Cavity Sam.

So as I sat down and thought about what I would say/write about the enigmatic Dwight Howard, who falls out of last year’s top 5 to the No. 8 spot on this year’s list, I recalled that special time when I “couldn’t get right” learning how to play that damn game.

Dwight Howard is me. Or rather, he’s the young version of me who kept effin’ up attempting to develop fine motor skills while playing a classic game.

I don’t want to leave Orlando.”

AAHHT!

No, I really don’t.”

AAHHT!

OK, I’ll opt in.”

AAHHT!

“OK, I do wanna leave Orlando but I still want people to like me.”

AAHHT!

I want to go to Brooklyn.”

AAHHT!

“I’ll be a Laker but I don’t want to sign an extension yet.”

AAHHT!

I want to be the Lakers’ first option.”

AAHHT!

My back hurts.”

AAHHT!

My shoulder hurts.”

AAHHT!

I’m not getting enough touches.”

AAHHT!

I want the ball more in the fourth quarter.”

AAHHT!

Get rid of Kobe and I’ll stay.”

AAHHT! AAHHT! AAHHT!

Well, you get the point.

Like me in the early stages of learning to play Hasbro’s finest creation, for the past nine seasons, the 6-11 pivot from Atlanta has been trying to become an elite center in the NBA while touching all of the sides and setting off all the alarms.

And ’12-13 was the worst. In his transition from O-Town to Hollywood, the seven-time All Star went from averaging 20.6 points, 14.5 boards and 1.9 swats per outing to 17.1, 12.4 and 1.4, respectively.

AAHHT!

Most people would admonish Dwight for his continued miscues—verbal and nonverbal—with the tried and true adage, “put up or shut up,” but since I live in Houston and want D12 to do well in my own backyard, because, let’s face it, we long to revisit those legendary “Clutch City” days in the land of the Trill, that motto needs revision.

Put up and shut up.

That’s right, Dwight. Muzzle it and live up to your self-proclaimed Superman moniker.

Quit bumpin’ your gums. Quit complaining. Quit bellyaching. Quit worrying about what players who aren’t playing anymore have to say about your game. Quit worrying about Orlando letting another player wear your number. Quit worrying so much about stats.

Quit fueling the fire with whiny words and waffling ways and stoke the flames with spankin’ new go-to moves in the post. French Montana may be “Dwight Howard in the post, dawg,” but in reality, when looking at your track record on O in the paint, that don’t mean ish. HAAN!

Your signing with the Houston Rockets is a chance at a much-needed fresh start. It’s kismet. Hell, Daryl Morey practically got on one knee and proposed to get you to the 713. Cherish your new home. Covet it. Protect it. Put on a freakin’ hard hat and go to work, son. Become a beast in the paint. Plant a flag in the lane because that’s your house.

In practice, that’s your time to be vocal. Put some bass in your voice. Be particular about your spacing and when and where you want the rock. Demand the rock.

Seal off your defenders, get position. And if you don’t get the ball on time, reposition, battle for it, seal again. Use those powerful shoulders. Get brolic on ‘em. “Deebo” dudes when you have to. James Harden is a willing passer. He’ll get you the rock in due time. He’ll figure out which shoulder to deliver the ball to. Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon will make sure of it. You’ll get your touches.

And when you get that Spaulding, you better have moves, countermoves and countermoves to those countermoves. The dunks are cool, but be more than that. Step your game up. Hakeem was a scientist with it on the low block. And McHale? Nobody could stop dude down low. Nobody. Learn their secrets. Watch film. Listen. Take notes. Lots of them. Learn to have answers to complex defensive schemes. When the D collapses on you, know what to do like it was written. Let it become instinctive.

It doesn’t matter what any pundit or Shaq or Kareem has said about you. F#@k a shelf life. Put up superstar numbers and the peanut gallery shuts the hell up with the quickness.

And know this: You’re only going to get the ball in the fourth quarter if you learn how to shoot free throws (49.2 percent from the charity stripe ain’t the business). You want to be a closer? Cool. Learn how to shoot freebies.

And that pick-and-roll you despise so much? Get over it. You convert over 70 percent of your shots off the pick-and-roll. You want shots? You can eat all day off Harden and Jeremy Lin picks, D. We’re talkin’ fat fat full like Precious at an all-you-can-eat buffet.

You wanna smile? Smile after you shake a dude out of his sneakers for a silky smooth hook shot, turnaround or reverse layup. Smile after you tattoo the rim with a Slamadamonth-worthy dunk. Smile after you smack an opposing player’s shot attempt into the cheap seats. Smile after you put up a triple-dub comprised of points, rebounds and blocks. Smile after you sink two game-winning free throws. Smile when Daryl Morey finally puts an NBA Championship ring on it.

And when you touch the sides and set off the buzzer again by fouling out or getting shut out or letting every dude from the other team all up in the lane for a deuce…

AAHHT!

Own it. Don’t point fingers. Don’t blame teammates or coaches. Take responsibility. Own it.

And then use it.

Do all of this and I promise you’ll get the last laugh when the season’s over. Do all of this and there’s no doubt you’ll become a master technician on the post, dawg. Do this, and you’ll finally quiet all the haters, make SLAM look stupid for demoting you three spots and get back into the top 5 where you belong.

Where should Dwight Howard rank in the SLAM Top 50?

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SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2013
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Monta Ellis Mavs SG 5
49 Luol Deng Bulls SF 10
48 Ricky Rubio TWolves PG 14
47 Greg Monroe Pistons PF 12
46 Kawhi Leonard Spurs SF 9
45 Mike Conley Grizzlies PG 13
44 Al Jefferson Bobcats C 9
43 David Lee Warriors PF 11
42 Jrue Holiday Pelicans PG 12
41 Anthony Davis Pelicans PF 10
40 Joe Johnson Nets SG 4
39 Serge Ibaka Thunder PF 9
38 Kevin Garnett Nets PF 8
37 Rudy Gay Raptors SF 8
36 Paul Pierce Nets SF 7
35 Ty Lawson Nuggets PG 11
34 Pau Gasol Lakers PF 7
33 Al Horford Hawks C 8
32 Andre Iguodala Warriors SF 6
31 Brook Lopez Nets C 7
30 Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 6
29 DeMarcus Cousins Kings C 6
28 Damian Lillard Blazers PG 10
27 Josh Smith Hawks SF 5
26 Joakim Noah Bulls C 5
25 Roy Hibbert Pacers C 4
24 John Wall Wizards PG 9
23 Chris Bosh Heat C 3
22 Tim Duncan Spurs PF 5
21 Dirk Nowitzki Mavs PF 4
20 LaMarcus Aldridge Blazers PF 3
19 Rajon Rondo Celtics PG 8
18 Marc Gasol Grizzlies C 2
17 Blake Griffin Clippers PF 2
16 Deron Williams Nets PG 7
15 Kevin Love TWolves PF 1
14 Dwyane Wade Heat SG 3
13 Paul George Pacers SF 4
12 Russell Westbrook Thunder PG 6
11 Tony Parker Spurs PG 5
10 Stephen Curry Warriors PG 4
9 Kyrie Irving Cavs PG 3
8 Dwight Howard Rockets C 1

Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol

  • star

    i have a feeling this comment thread will blow up

  • Czakó Balázs

    Dwight on the 8. spot is as stupid decision as D himself… SlamOnline went crazy this october!

  • pposse

    haha this was the best write up thus far and most deserving spot for DH.

  • Caboose

    I told y’all! I told you that Dwight would be next. At least they TRIED to justify this p!ss poor ranking.

  • danpowers

    BULLSH*T!!!! lol, oh my this top 50 is lacking any credibility. who is next at no 7? lebron james?

  • danpowers

    “At least they TRIED to justify this p!ss poor ranking.”

    to no avail tho lol

  • danpowers

    “haha this was the best write up thus far”
    well, at least it was entertaining

    “and most deserving spot for DH.”

    not

    at

    all.

  • shockexchange

    Maurice Bobb did a hatchet job on Rent-A-Center … and ya’ll thought the Shock Exchange was jaded. Ouch!

  • TR

    WHAT!?!?!?!

  • pposse

    Do all of this and there’s no doubt you’ll become a master technician on the post, – classic after shredding apart DH’s game for a couple paragraphs!

    John Wall who is probably just as good or a better pg than atleast 3 of the pg’s listed after him was 24. He is probably the best pg defender out of all and DH offense is unrefined and plain ‘awful’ at times. Seeing as how defense was never/barely even considered in these rankings 8 should be the top spot for the best defensive player in the game.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i just want one thing from the moderators when it comes to the kobe write up:

    please explain how westbrook dropped out of the top ten because of a meniscus injury and kobe is at least top 7 after tearing his achilles.

    don’t dodge it

  • Matisse

    It’s apparent now, more that ever, that these best of list that SLAM makes ever year is all about the internet hits.

  • danpowers

    john wall was totally underrated, but this list is full of guys being badly over- or underrated.

    DH is the most dominant center in the game. he proved time and time again that you can put him on a lottery team and instantly have a 50+ win team. offensively limited or not: this rank is too low and just intends to serve personal animosity of fans following the seemingly never ending dwight mare soap opera and to increase activity in the comment section. nobody around nba basketball in their right mind could possibly see this dude outside the top 5.

  • Matisse

    Howard is now fully healthy is the best defensive player in the league and is now playing on a squad that is identical, yet much more improved 08 Magic team that made it to the finals.

    Can Kobe even walk?

  • pposse

    to be fair to the writer..he mentions how DH doesn’t want to be a pick and roll player and a back to the basket guy which is true..DH said this. I still believe that in Orlando DH was very effective because SVG had the perfect offense for DH…too bad DH hated the offense. As long he hates doing the things that can make him successful he shouldn’t be in the top 5 or unless he ‘proves us wrong dawg!’

  • pposse

    yeah but will the rockets run that same offense?

  • Dundler

    Before I read it: HAHAHHAHA. Brilliant.

    Also, I hate Dwight. If anyone wishes to discuss this further, lets do it

  • Maurice Bobb™

    There’s an extreme learning curve for Dwight and the Rockets. Kevin McHale even said as much. No one knows how to pass to the low post. These are McHale’s words. I think they’ll figure it out, but not fully this year. They’ll make improvements, but I think next year, after some familiarity, they’ll really make the jump from playoff contender to championship contender.

  • Dundler

    Yeah I could see that. This year getting home court in the playoffs should be their main aim

  • Dundler

    This is probably my favourite write up to read so far

  • Matisse

    Those Magic team also had a hard time getting the ball in Howards hands if I remember.correctly. But I see your.point.

  • dwightmare

    worst ranking ever, after last year’s one, in which Dwight was… 5th! what a joke. Marc Gasol is the best center in the league, at least he wasn’t shut down by the red Mamba during the playoffs.

  • anon

    8 is not just his ranking…it’s Dwight’s IQ.

  • danpowers

    when he was THAT successful and had that much impact in a system he hated and is now on a team with like twice the talent he had in orlando around him i dont see why he shouldnt return to his dominant form regardless of how much he enjoys running pick and rolls. does anybody seriously expect this desastrous lakers stint to repeat? i think that was a one time blooper and we shouldnt underestimate the poisonous atmosphere in the lakers locker room which also played a roll in all of that. his health was also a factor, a fully healthy howard shouldve also been dominant in la, regardless of the system or chemistry issues. i hate playing the devils advocate for big babies but i think there is not much to argue about his elite status among players.

  • Drig

    *Checks out SLAM top50*
    *Looks at Dwight at #8*
    *Shakes head silently*
    *Posts this comment*
    *Departs*

  • LakeShow

    Dwight has some things to prove.

    I like this ranking.

    I think he will probably end up around #4 or #5 by the end of the year though.

  • shockexchange

    Lamar Odom was once considered the most versatile forward in the L. Now he’s suspected of being high on crack. MWP was once the best player in the L. Now he’s merely a vehicle for website hits. The Gimp used to be considered one of the top power forwards on the L. Now he’s ranked 34. Rent-A-Center used to be ranked top 5. Just one year later he has fallen to #8, with “an option to return to top 5″ given certain stipulations.

    Their downfall can only be attributed to one thing – “The Curse of Horry Jr.”

  • pposse

    no doubt the talent is there for him to work with, but DH has a lot to prove. Being injured for a whole season is no excuse for poor play (look at D Rose he aint played for a whole year and is pushing top 5 on this ranking). DH was as much a part of that poisonous atmosphere as anybody, no one knows for sure what he will bring to Houston. In most likelihood he will prove himself..i take that back there is a 50/50 chance he proves himself (i wouldn’t be surprised either way) but his work in LA or lack thereof shouldn’t all be written off bc of injuries that stint in LA could have potentially exposed DH to be nothing more than a system guy (offensively).

  • danpowers

    lol i never looked at it from this perspective. makes sense now that you state it…

  • pposse

    r.e.s.p.e.c.t -

  • LakeShow

    It is a little surprising.

    The only thing I can scrounge up is that KB has been doubted since Shaq left, and every single year he delivered.

    Once into his 30′s most people expected his demise to be greater than it was.

    Every year people have said ‘this is the year that KB finally takes a step back’ and he has shown every year, to be able to add something new to counter his waning athleticism and countless physical plroblems to be able to be a top 5 NBA player.

    KB has openly stated he has most likely 2 or 3 years left.

    He has dealt with a plethora of physical ailments:

    He broke his wrist in 1999, came back after 15 days.

    In 2000 during the finals he sprained his ankle badly. Had to miss a game, but came back in the next and hit a bunch of clutch shots to win the game.

    In 2001 he had hip and elbow bursitis and a several other small injuries but staved them off and helped lead the team to the finals.

    In 2003-2004 KB had off season surgery and had issues with his shoulder all year and re-aggravated it mid way through the season. This was his worse season as a prime player and he put up 24 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 1.7 on 18 FGA. (essentially still one of the best players on the planet while dealing with injuries and court issues that year)

    In 2007-2008 he had a back injury in the playoffs. Of course it didn’t keep him down. He, Pau and Odom took the Lakers to the finals and he played quite well despite the nagging injury. 26 points on 22 shots in the finals. Not strong shooting efficiency, but he also grabbed 5 boards, tossed 5 dimes, and snagged 3 steals over the 6 game series.

    He has played with-out an index finger on his shooting hand for the last 5+ seasons. (It’s never healed and does’t work properly at all)

    He has had ankle problems for his whole career.

    He doesn’t have cartilage in his knee. He has to have it drained often. 3 times during the 2010 post season.

    In 2011 against the Hornets in the playoffs he rolled his ankle. He played through it.

    In 2012 he tore ligaments in his shooting wrist. He took pregame injections in order to keep playing.

    Now he’s been dealt his most recent and worse injury yet, at 35 years old…

    Completely different scenario right? Yes… But allot of us are expecting him to resurrect from the grave. It’s possible he is not a top 50 player this season… Just as, if not more likely, i’d say, he could be a top 7 player.

  • ATL dynamite

    AAHHT!

  • danpowers

    well, rose is a media darling and never did anything only half annoying of the dwightmare so there is not really any motive for any writer to serve the animosity or fuel controversy among us readers. guess there will be some if they dare to put him ahead of paul tho. so his spot in this ranking is no validation of anything.

    i cant argue any of you statements, we can just wait and see. the probability of all that could happen is pretty meaningless as soon as the actual events take place. i just think that his positive body of work is much bigger than his negative body of work, which i took as the bases to found my prediction of a top 5 spot. i totally understand tho, why his lakers stint and soap opera make you more sceptical about him. thats totally legit imo.

  • LakeShow

    Just because I like countering the stupidification of the planet…
    ………………………………………………………………………….

    Pau Gasol has his best years of his career next to Kobe .

    Lamar Odom has his best years next to KB.

    MWP was kept completely in check throughout his stay with the Laker’s. Something not previously accomplished.

    None of those guys had championships till they went to Kobe’s team and played next to him.

    It also so happens that all of them are now toward the end of their careers. Typically a time for a player to take some steps back.

    In addition, prime players such as Trevor Ariza, Caron Butler etc have gone on to have marvelous seasons (all star season) and much of their work ethic they attribute to watching Kobe.

    Suck on it.

  • LakeShow

    You fall for this type of sh*t? Damn, son, wake up…

  • Sérgio

    Great article.

  • shockexchange

    They won because they represented “exceptionally more talent than the rest of the L.” And when they lost, they each got thrown under the bus.

  • danpowers

    they wont admit that, but thats just all about fueling controversy in the comment section and maybe also a bit credit to kobe’s legacy. besides that, the definition of the top 50 doesnt solely contain basketball performance. “contribution to the game” can mean anything.

  • Sérgio

    What a great read. This should be the article for Kobe.

  • Saleem Rainman

    amazing write up ,but im starting to think the RANKINGS are unfolding this way just to spite us. Slam ,you troll you.

  • Sérgio

    MWP was once the BEST PLAYER in the League? Oh, boy, have you been hangin’ out with Odom?

  • shockexchange

    He was the best defensive player in the L, put up 20+ ppg and was the unquestioned leader of a title contending team before he was suspended for “the brawl.” He would have won MVP and become the face of the L that year.

  • danpowers

    and we are all buying in by commenting lol

  • Dundler

    I come for the community, not for SLAM anymore

  • danpowers

    me too. i often dont even read the articles, just the comment section lol

  • Dundler

    I absolutely cannot blame you for that

  • def80s

    why commas before the word dawg?

  • King David

    this was nice bro

  • kwamepooh

    i guess kobe didnt make the top 50 lol

  • danpowers

    dude, thats just a certain way of humor. i like how he annoys the people here and just enjoy the nonsense. imo life is too short to bother about that. as much as i love and respect the game – i can also laugh about it as im able to laugh about myself. there isnt more to it i think. or do you honestly think that he is actually serious about all he writes?

  • Dundler

    Howard is probably going to have the biggest jump from last season to this season of any player in the top 10 (discounting Rose obviously) simply because he was so damn awful last year.

    He was putrid garbage for 75% of those games. It was honestly horrible, no offensive skills, awareness or IQ. His defence was equally awkward at the beginning but did at least improve. He was also constantly getting outrebounded by much smaller players throughout the year.

    As I said the other day, he already looks better now than at any point last year. WAY quicker, more aggressive and making an attempt to play within the team offense.

    I won’t go into the off court stuff, because I’ll be here all day

  • LakeShow

    Thanks man, I don’t normally go into huge diatribes, but felt it was necessary since SLAM writers probably won’t be defending the players individual positions.

  • LakeShow

    Thank you man

  • LakeShow

    What negative has KB said about Odom?
    Artest?
    I’d wait, but you can’t come up with anything… AS PER USUAL…

  • LakeShow

    Why do you enjoy impaired logic?

    I can actually understand enjoying it, I do find it amusing too, but agreeing with it… Common man.

  • shockexchange

    Some of it is said obviously with “tongue-in-cheek.” Humor is also a way of saying something serious, which explains people’s reaction to “The Curse of Horry Jr” – there’s a lot of truth to it.

  • LakeShow

    Then prove it.

    What about Jordan Farmar?
    What about Caron Butler?
    What about Trevor Ariza?

    What about the fact that all those guys you mentioned are on the down hill naturally. One had injuries. Odom is known for having a fragile psyche throughout his career.

    That is if you actually watch ball, and are a smart individual, you’d know all this.

    And as usual you have no worthy counter…

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    AAHHT! AAHHT! AAHHT!

  • http://signup.divinerenergy.com/ Anthony Dixon

    Carmelo is Next

  • spit hot fiyah

    the ultimate bail out right?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    The age argument does come into play about how well he’ll heal but you left it up in the air. What have you deducted about how Slam justifies its ranks. I’ll openly admit the desires do guide my writing more so than my rational self but I’m in the audience like the rest of you.

    Kobe historically has done well with injury so you can slot him at 5 plus when he comes back he’ll be the main offensive cog whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen. But then how can Slam justify putting Rose or Westbrook above Rajon who have brighter outlook this season. Rose has knee soreness and Westbrook I haven’t seen play. Then you could argue Rajon will do well because he has nobody and statically will set if off.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    As bail out as the Us gov’t helping out its financial private supporters cough snarf I mean investment banks

  • Phil

    In the East.

  • Maurice Bobb™

    Thanks!

  • LakeShow

    Why is RR’s outlook brighter?
    He’s not slated to play for the first few weeks at least.
    They are all injured and RW, and Rose are better than him when they are all 100%.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    2011-12 StatsPPG21.8RPG3.4APG7.9SPG0.9BPG0.7FG%0.435FT%0.8123P%0.312MPG35.3
    2012-13 StatsPPG13.7RPG5.6APG11.1SPG1.8BPG0.2FG%0.484FT%0.6453P%0.240MPG37.4

    i disagree which stat line would you want from your pg.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    2012-13 StatsPPG23.2RPG5.2APG7.4SPG1.8BPG0.3FG%0.438FT%0.8003P%0.323MPG34.9
    2012-13 StatsPPG13.7RPG5.6APG11.1SPG1.8BPG0.2FG%0.484FT%0.6453P%0.240MPG37.4

    you have to agree rajon’s point total will go up now that he has to score but he’s gonna get his assist because he sets up players where as russell and rose aren’t as great vision as rajon.

  • LakeShow

    At best RR is at 15 or 16ppg. His assists are the most selfish assists in the league.

    That doesn’t mean he’s not a good PG. He’s one of the best, but he is constantly trying to rack up assists which is no better than someone trying to rack up points or boards. It doesn’t help the team as much as the stat shows.

    Personally i’d take RW and Rose, I understand you’re POV, I just don’t share it.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    They didn’t have a hard time passing into the post. They weren’t willing to pass into the post (outside of Jameer Nelson, that is).

  • Maurice Bobb™

    Thanks!

  • LakeShow

    Just a heads up ya’ll, Kobe is starting to do some basketball drills and is looking strong shooting the ball and jogging around. Not saying that means he’s healthy, just remember who we are talking about here. It’s not ludicrous by any means that SLAM has KB this high. They are going by track record.

    He’s coming back with a vengeance… believe it.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Thank you for your understanding.

    BTW curiosity questions: Why did you make the pyramids your avatar? Do you keep track of the history and present day situations of the pharaohs/builders of the pyramids? Or do you study hieroglyphics? Is it like a sign for you? or are you just an Egyptian representing your heritage?

  • Cortez Mack

    You cannot be serious.

    I like your style and commitment either way though.

  • Cortez Mack

    Howard is the 8th best player in the league?

    Ha. Not even close.

  • Cortez Mack

    Good one.

  • Cortez Mack

    …from the bottom.

  • danpowers

    there is a “lol” right in the beginning of my statement, just chipped in ;)

  • danpowers

    orlando magic record against west teams in

    09-10: 20W-10L
    10-11: 16W-14L
    11-12, the season howard missed 12 games including a west trip: 7W-11L
    12-13, the season without howard: 10W-20L

    the magic would have probably had a worse record playing in the western conference, but the record shows that they wouldve been a playoff team even in the western conference.

  • Sérgio

    Oh, boy, that would be the greatest troll of all time!

  • Busta213

    ….though Jameer was pretty awful on feeding the post.
    The Rockets should figure it out in a couple of months though

  • danpowers

    guess so and i hate it lol

  • LakeShow

    Hmm?

  • LakeShow

    I find ancient archaeology to be the most interesting thing to study.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    offensively he was not good, this part is true. he was still productive, but he was often lost. either way, he averaged 12 shots per game in wins, and 9 in losses. so getting him shots seems like something LA should have made a more concerted effort to do.
    .
    now onto the rest……

    he led the league in rebounding and was 6th in rebound rate…..so idk how you can really complain about him being “constantly outrebounded by much smaller players” — unless you mean the first couple months when he was still unhealthy?
    .
    also, his individual defensive rating was 100
    — the Lakers team defensive rating was 106 (good for 19th in the L)
    — next closest teammate who played over 6 total minutes was
    Jordan Hill…defensive rating of 105
    —- the top rated defense in the league (Memphis) was at 100.79
    —- he very very clearly was a hugely effective team defender, arguably, still the best in the league.
    .
    he wasn’t the Dwight we are used to….but he was still way better than you or anyone else in here is making it sound.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    there is no track record for this situation. the only comparable player with an injury at this stage in his career is Chauncey Billups…..and that is definitely not a good look at the moment.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    bro we have something in common. Which pharaoh’s body or ancient egyptian artifact has caught your attention.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes.

  • LakeShow

    Yep, we’re in unseen territory here.

    A man who refuses to be stopped vs father time… Should be an interesting battle.

  • LakeShow

    You’re right.

    I don’t agree on the LA should have gotten him more shots thing though.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    definitely. i’m very intrigued. if i had to bet, i’d bet on him production/games played/impact wise being around number 30 if you could rank them this season, but i’m not counting him out of joining that top 5 conversation again.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol that’s understandable.

  • Busta213

    Post all star game DH was putting up 18pts 13.6rbs 2.6 blks per game. Folks make it sound like he was putting up 8 & 8 per game instead he was amongst the league leaders in fg% rebounds and blocks.

  • shockexchange

    You see something funny Cortez Mack?

  • LakeShow

    Glad you understand with out me having to explain haha.

  • LakeShow

    I feel like he’s one of those guys where it’s all or nothing.

    If he’s not a top 20 player he probably won’t even play. He may just take the rest of the year off and try to rehab if he re-aggravates it or something. Just throwing ideas out, no one know’s what’s going to happen.

  • LakeShow

    Not last year, but it would be too low for the year before.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i agree, but i just want to warn you, there is no re-aggravating that injury. it’s just re-rupture. which would be the worst possible thing that can happen. and it’s very very normal for that too happen within a month or two of coming back. i’m flat terrified, because i don’t want the end of Kobe’s career to be handicapped by injuries.

  • Tavoris Sinclair

    They’d better. I don’t think Harden, Lin, and Parsons will have any issues.

    McHale will probably mandate feeding Dwight on almost every possession that’s not a P&R. They are too poor defensively everywhere else to have an unhappy Howard sulking through possessions for the next 5 years.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah… damn… I know this, but i’ve been trying not to think about it, but probably should prepare myself.

  • LakeShow

    It’s a hilarious sh*t show…

    It’s like a bad accident… You wanna look away and just ignore it… but naw… you gotta watch it!

  • LakeShow

    lol indeed!

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I would have gotten him a couple more shots…. as long as they weren’t free throws. : – /

  • Askal

    Thank you Lake! On point! :D

  • Askal

    THANK GOD! THIS IS PERFECT! Now I wish Dwightmare reads this or someone tells this to him face to annoying smiling face.. Everytimr a see and read an article pn Dwight and his endless yapping I just wanna say shut up out loud haha!

  • the man

    Shut ur mouth kobe is on another planet than westbroke

  • the man

    Dwight howard is still 2 high he is washed up itlll show this year u cant tell me hes alot better than even drummond

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    what does AAHT mean? is slam accusing dwight of being a pokemon? I showed some stats below asking the question how did rajon fall so far off based on his injury. I mean based on his squad looks this year he’ll probably put more points up same assists more boards and same steals. Rajon is a fantasy monster. But the real question is who would you take a chance on after an injury Westbrook or Rajon. I could see rajon still thriving in a league without his superspeed because he has that andre miller type mind set, but Russell is athletic and once that goes I don’t see him recovering. Luckily with this modern day rehab and surgery meniscus injury should heal right up but the time Rose took to recover versus Westbrook is way longer and definitely more effective. If I were Westbrook because of his style of play I would take off until all star break and improve on other aspects of his game. Kobe historically has shown to recover but modern tx and kobe’s focus may help him recover but age and recovery are big things.

    I just want to ask though Why is everybody not shocked that dwight got this low? I mean if he has recovered from his back injury which is suspect because of the nature of the injury and surgery then he’ll be putting up beast numbers. However that pf positional change may decrease the boards and blocks so who knows. I still haven’t figured out slams algorithm for rankings

  • Mike Gilbert

    You may know this, but Cleopatra’s time was closer to today than the construction of the Great Pyramids :0

  • Zabbah

    Tiny Nate? Dominique? What about them two cats when they tore their achilles?

  • Dundler

    He wasn’t getting himself the shots though. Didn’t roll hard, didn’t seal well, turned it over before he got a shot off more often than not, but yeah, agreed on offence.

    Perhaps I was unclear when I say ‘outrebounded’. He still got rebounds, and didn’t particuarly match up against anyone who grabbed more than he did, but he physically lost out on a lot of rebounds, got out muscled for position, got it ripped from him or guys outjumped him. Like a lot. He was hurt early on, but I don’t really see why we mention that. Kobe’s injured now, doesn’t mean he’s gunna get a pass. And this was going on throughout the whole year anyway, watching Lakers games was painful to see.

    As I said, defence was awkward at the beginning but improved, so glad we agree on that

  • Kim Hargreaves

    Great write up, Dwight has made a mess of the last few years but winning will cure all of that. Hope he plays with a chip on his shoulder and fulfills his potential.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dominique was 32 with 800 less games played.

    Little Nate?

  • bob

    For the first poster, you also forgot to mention that Westbrook was a better player than Kobe before they both got injured. It`s not even debatable at this point, yet somehow Kobe is ranked higher than him. Espn has Kobe 25 and SI has him out of the top ten. Only a biased mag like slam would consider Kobe still a top ten player at this point in his career. I know you are trying to generate as much discussion as possible but this it just plain ridiculous.

    As the saying goes. OBVIOUS TROLL IS OBVIOUS

  • bringbackthesonics

    archibald?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh, he was 29. By this age he was already retired. – and for the record, Isiah Thomas tore his Achilles too if we want to include all greats it’s happened to. He retired immediately tho. Didn’t even try and come back.

  • bringbackthesonics

    i thought larry bird tore an achilles towards the end of his career? Considering the era they played in, i guess they aren’t really a good example of a return from an achilles tear anyway.

  • Zabbah

    Yeah, Nate Archibald. He was able to come back to pre-injury levels. Dominique’s number took a little hit but he was still beasting it.
    Look, you’re absolutely right when you said there’s no track record for this situation. but those two examples gives me a sliver of hope that Kobe might make it back strong.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nah, But daps for remembering he did have achilles issues. It was severe tendinitis

  • bringbackthesonics

    ah, at least i was close. thanks for clearing that up

  • Jerome

    Howard = top25, not top10.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They did consider surgery. Totally understandable that you associated bird with that injury.

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Haven’t heard that before.

  • LakeShow

    Oh no, it was certainly debatable between Westbrook and Kobe.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah, debatable in the sense that you can discuss it and come out showing that Kobe was slightly worse…..

  • LakeShow

    Or slightly better, yeah.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    If you don’t know the meaning of the word

  • LakeShow

    If you don’t take anything into account outside of the statistics, you’re probably right.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh right, because you are accounting for defense when you give your opinion? Or team success? Lol, take stats out and Kobe is out of the conversation altogether. Offensive stats are his whole argument.

  • LakeShow

    I forgot you are not a human being.

    You forgot that KB had three different coaches. A new system thrown on him 6 weeks into the season. A new Super Star center that wasn’t playing as well as he thought he was. His trusty side kick injured throughout the season and playing out of position. No reliable #2 option. A new PG that was suppose to change everything that instead played sparingly. The minutes he was forced to play to will the team to the playoffs. The number of dimes tossed over a couple week period when everyone was accusing him of being selfish.

    Let’s ignore all the little things and just focus on numbers though right.

  • Ross Fawcett

    Kobe has been the best player in the league ever since Jordan left.

  • LakeShow

    No.
    Not true.
    He’s had a say for 10 of those years though.

  • King David

    Iverson

  • Ross Fawcett

    Oh yeah! I forgot about AI. He took the sixers all the way but lostotoo shaq and kobe.

  • Derrick Slanger

    Dwight Howard was a pretty second option. 17PPG is pretty good for a 2nd option

  • LakeShow

    You didn’t watch the season if you think those stats correlate to how good he actually was.

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