…Via Forum Member, SKY
First, my point in citing the last 20 games stat is that Dwight’s health improved dramatically. The back is a going concern but he’s proven that he’s healthy now, those are quality numbers.
Is he going to get that many touches with us?
Dubs play faster tempo than LA and Curry is far more unselfish than Kobe. W’s are a much better shooting team so Howard will have more space to move here than in LA. Teams fronted him and dared LA to shoot. Pitch a tent around him in Oakland and it’s raining made jumpers. Faster tempo, more passers, more spacing, touches aren’t an issue.
Is he going to bitch?
Dwight bitches when he loses. What he hates is teammates hogging the ball and not moving it. This team moves the ball.
Is he worth the assets we’ll have to give up?
Bogut can’t be relied upon to stay healthy. It’ll hurt to lose Klay or Barnes but you get the piece you need to be elite defensively. LA with Howard despite being very old and very slow was a top 5 defense.
Look at it this way. Clips and OKC lose to a big man inside. Miami having trouble with Indy. The goal is a ring. Howard gives you a chance at a ring. Keep Klay and Barnes and you have a good young core but no ring, particularly if Bogut goes down yet again.
Howard has had distractions and injuries for the last two years. Give him a chance to focus on a high chemistry team under Jackson and I like Howard’s chances to bounce back and be a top 5-10 player.
Dwight isn’t a locker room cancer. His teammates like the guy. Bottom line is this, get him enough touches inside on a winning team and it’s not a problem. There’s a risk but it’s a smart risk. Look at the risk/reward. Championships are worth the risk and even if he doesn’t work out his trade value will still be huge.