Jan 2, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second quarter of a game at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Rockets End of the Year Player Review: Dwight Howard, Center
Outside of Houston, Orlando and his fans, Dwight Howard may be the most unappreciated players in the game. People continue to bash the player that is clearly one of the most dominating in the game and consider him a “crybaby” as he gets hacked for majority of the season.
Houston Rockets fans are happy to have “Superman” in the Yellow and Red. Howard’s season was cut short due to injury, but the 41 games he posted were of high value.
He stepped up as the Rockets closed in on the #2-seed at the end of the year and in the playoffs when everything was on the line.
Howard is 29 and will be 30 in December, not that he is considered “old” yet, but most would say his prime is coming to a close.
His future remains bright with Houston and he is aware that he is on a team that can legitimately battle for a title.
The West won’t be any easier with Kevin Durant back in uniform for Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge with San Antonio or Dallas and the Splash Bros. who will be prepared to reign as Western Conference Champs. If the should-have-been-MVP James Harden has a productive and healthy off-season combined with free agency and a solid draft class, then the Rockets will be playing late into May and possibly June in 2016.
He continues to play “Superman” off the court with his BreatheAgain campaign that has taken off in Houston and Atlanta. He also highlighted a playoff game where he stayed after with the fans as the Toyota Center was locked-in. Dwight is a great presence for the city and the Rockets.
Although we will miss Howard for the first Rockets game next season thanks to a silly foul in the last playoff game, look for him to have a much bigger impact on the season than this past season.
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