With the off-season signing of Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets have finally became a complete and dynamic team. Last year the Rockets showed the NBA that they are definitely capable of scoring, averaging 106 ppg, second in the NBA. On the opposite end of the court however, Houston gave up almost 103 points per game, which was fourth worst in the NBA. To go along with that, the Rockets grabbed about 43 boards per game, which was 7th best in the NBA.
If the Rockets could increase their rankings on these aspects of the game, they will easily become a top five NBA team. The best part is, the Rockets have the answer to their problem– Dwight Howard.
Coming off of an injury, Dwight STILL managed to average 17 points per game, 12 boards and 2 blocks per game last season. If what Rockets GM Daryl Morey was been hinting at is true, and Dwight sees time at the Power Forward posistion, then his numbers last season are better then Zach Randolph, and Blake Griffin. Worth noting that Dwight averaged the most rebounds per game last season. Omer Asik and Dwight Howard on the floor together makes for an extremely clogged paint offensively, but lucky enough for the Rockets the other three players on the court with those two will be shooting from behind the three-point line the majority of the time. Omer averaged 10 points, and a whopping 17 boards a game last season. He and Dwight will cause rebound nightmares for opposing teams.
The bold prediction is not only the Houston Rockets winning the Southwest Division, and winning the West, but the possibility that Dwight Howard is the NBA MVP next season. If Dwight can average 20 points, 15 boards, and 3 blocks a game, and the Rockets finish on top, LeBron James reign as MVP may have come to an end.
Take a look at BBALLBREAKDOWN on the improvements to the Rockets with Howard: