Will people — Dwight Howard included — finally acknowledge that Dwight Howard is not a good low-post player?
There was a fascinating piece on Dwight Howard at the Ringer a couple of weeks back, wherein writer Jason Concepcion discussed the idea that Howard's obsession with being seen as a "proper" center — one who plants himself on the block, dominates the ball and scores lots of points with nifty post moves — stems from his desire to be accepted by his idol, Shaquille O'Neal. Whatever the reason, Howard has been trying for years to convince his coach, his fans, and himself that he's a 21st-century version of the great centers of the past. The problem is that he's not — he's never been a good post scorer, and most likely never will be. Where he does excel is in the pick and roll, where his natural athleticism makes him a devastating finisher. Unfortunately, he's consistently refused to play this way, as much as anything because he apparently doesn't like the physical impact of setting screens. His move to his hometown Atlanta Hawks is probably his last chance to embrace what he's good at; if he fails here, it's unclear where he might succeed. If coach Mike Budenholzer can convince him to play to his strengths, this could be a great year for the Hawks. If not, expect acrimony and lots of losses.