Mar 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets guard K.J. McDaniels (left) celebrates with center Dwight Howard (right) following a dunk by guard James Harden (not pictured) during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center. The Rockets defeated the Pelicans 95-93. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Howard only played three of the Rockets four games but his impact squeezed him into the top five. In a limited 55 minutes, Howard averaged 11 points on 72 percent shooting and seven boards. Howard improves the Rockets exponentially.
Houston is 21st in the league in field goal percentage. In Howard’s three games he played this week, the Rockets shot the ball at 46 percent. The Warriors are the most efficient team in the league by shooting 47.8 percent this season.
Keep in mind, these are in limited minutes. When Howard is finally healthy enough to play 30+ minutes per game, that efficiency will increase.
Howard fills a gaping hole much needed for the Rockets’ offense. He preserves the ability to serve easy baskets for Houston with the option of receiving alley-oops or great entry passes for dunks. He did not fill up the stat sheet but his contribution is not to be overlooked.
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