Dwight Howard Is The Most Overrated Player In The NBA

Superman Ain't All That Super

5/14/09 in NBA   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

After Orlando's choke job in Game 5 against Boston, Dwight Howard ripped on his coach Stan Van Gundy and, to an extent, his team about not getting the ball to the team's dominant player.  It was obviously a reference to himself and a demand for the ball.  While many people agreed, most notably Charles Barkley, the more pertinent issue was ignored.  What we should be asking is whether Dwight Howard really is that dominant or deserves the ball that often?  A closer looks reveals that in no way is he a dominant player nor is he a superstar.  In fact, Dwight Howard is the most overrated player in the NBA.

Howard complained that he only took ten shots in the game and that Orlando couldn't win that way.  While that would be true with a good post player, it just isn't with Dwight Howard.  D-Ho's game revolves around receiving a lob by the hoop and dunking it or getting an offensive rebound and dunking it.  You know else does this? Joakim Noah.  Obviously Howard is more explosive on the defensive end so he is better than Noah, but offensively he is no more developed than the People's Princess. 

Now the real question is whether or not the Magic are better with Dwight Howard taking more shots in a game.  As John Hollinger proved yesterday, they really aren't effected by the amount of Dwight Howard's shots.  For the year, Orlando won 72% of their games.  In games where Dwight Howard shot 10 or less shots (23 times), they won 69.6% of their games, which is almost equally as good.  On the year, Howard only averaged 12.4 shots a game.  Quite frankly, Dwight Howard wasn't a dominant player during the regular season either and Orlando was just fine.  Unless Dwight Howard suddenly shows some post moves, Orlando has no reason to change what has been the recipe for their success.

Dwight Howard is still a good player.  On the defensive end of the court, he is a game changer.  Offenses have to account for him at all times.  However, on offense, Howard is a non-factor.  Is he really any different than Josh Smith?  Both are popular, put on two of the best dunk contests ever, are great shot blockers and rebounders, and have no offensive game at all.  The only difference is that Howard is treated like a superstar, where as Josh Smith is treated like a normal every day player.  Howard is still only 23, so he has time to improve.  However, Orlando and NBA fans would like to see some progress from him by now and he hasn't shown any on the offensive end of the court.  He isn't a franchise player.  He isn't a superstar.  He is, though, the most overrated player in the NBA.
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5/14/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
You mean Erika Dampier.

 exactly :)

5/14/09   |   lionking87

OVER-RATED AND REALLY UNFOCUSED AT THIS POINT

5/14/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

He definitely needs to work on his post-moves.  It depends how good he wants to be.   I would agree that right now he's an overrated offensive player. 

5/14/09   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 Okay - I will trade Eric Dampier for Dwight. Dampier shoots less than 10 times a game also. 

You mean Erika Dampier.

5/14/09   |   JCAL9   |   59 respect

Ok dude.. I'll agree that he needs to step his game up, especially right now.. But overrated??? overated to me means a player that everyone considers the best & in all actuality couldnt be the best player on his best day...  Dwight can meet it baby!!! Believe that, he just needs to step it up a notch.. Once he does that then he's unstoppable.. Overrated... Who???... Don't insult my boy like that..

5/14/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

Give me just about any other center other than dampier. The guy is so inconsistent its crazy.

5/14/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 Okay - I will trade Eric Dampier for Dwight. Dampier shoots less than 10 times a game also. 

5/14/09   |   Scott   |   52816 respect

Not only does Howard need to develop some low post moves, he also needs to figure out how to make free throws on a consistent basis.  If we are going to find other NBA players to compare Howard to, how about a slightly better version of Tyson Chandler.  Both guys get most of there points off dunks or put backs and both can rebound.  The only difference, Howard is more of a game changer defensively then Chandler is.

5/14/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 Simply put Dwight Howard's offensive game is about 2 steps better than Greg Oden and that's not much better.  Yes he's not much different than Josh Smith the difference is Dwight is a man beast of a dude and Josh Smith is dope but not quite as physically imposing far more immature too.