Mar 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after the Sacramento Kings made a basket in the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Lakers defeated the Kings 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors: The Dwight Howard Dilemma, Again

Uh oh, here we go again!

The Golden State Warriors are likely to meet with top free agent Dwight Howard, in hopes to make him a member of the Warriors. The deal would be a sign-and-trade, and the Warriors would be getting rid of some of their best core players such as Andrew Bogut, possibly Klay Thompson, and Brandon Rush (maybe).

I’ll say it before, and I’ll say it again. This is not a good idea.

The Warriors went down this road already when Howard created that fiasco last year with the Magic. He had absolutely no interest of heading to Oakland to help the Warriors in their quest to the championship.

Obviously, they did just fine without him, but could he have helped the Warriors make a deeper postseason run? We’ll never know because he wanted to play with Kobe, and we all know how that worked out.

In the 2013 playoffs, Howard was trusted to the lead the Lakers deep into the playoffs, like he did with basically no team in Orlando. That didn’t work out so well, as we saw the Lakers get crushed by the Spurs every single game in the first round.

Last season, Howard was completely unmotivated. He was having too much fun, not working hard enough, and was often seen with a smile after getting blown out by 30 points. I’m sure that he’s thinking that getting paid is great, but does he not like winning?

When motivated, as we’ve seen, Howard can easily be one of the best centers we’ve ever seen. Unfortunately for him, he isn’t motivated often, and we see him getting dominated by other players like Andris Biedrins.

So if Howard didn’t want to go to the Warriors before, and they had a winning season without him, why do they want him now? He’s undecided on where he wants to play, and I’m sure he has the Warriors at the back of his head, but he still needs to do some growing up.

The Warriors need to see that they can do just fine without him. There are many more perks of having a healthy Bogut, Curry, and Thompson, rather than just a healthy Howard and Curry. Why do the Warriors continue to chase him?

Many may see Thompson as a danger to the Warriors because of his inconsistency, but I’m sure he’s finding a way to straighten that out, making him a better partner in the backcourt to Curry. Break them apart, and the Warriors cannot stretch the floor as well as they would like to.

Howard is not a good choice for the Warriors, but then again, he could easily be one of the best centers in the NBA.

What do you think? Should the Warriors trade for Howard?


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  • rioderek

    Bogut and Thompson for Howard would be a coup for the Warriors. Bogut is a injury prone, washed up big (not even in the top 12-15 at his position), and Thompson is a streaky jump shooter who plays adequate D. There are Thompson replicas all over the league. Howard on the other hand is one of the top 3 big men in the NBA and a huge defensive presence.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Thanks for the comment!
      Totally agreed about Bogut, but I feel he has the potential to be a better defender than Howard, who is almost never motivated. Thompson is going to be a sensation, however, he is easily a top 5 shooter in the NBA as he finished only behind Curry and Anderson in 3-point makes. He completes the splash brothers. Perhaps the Warriors should trade Barnes instead. Thompson complements Curry too nicely.

      • rioderek

        Dwight Howard has been included in the list of the leagues all time top 50 defenders. Bogut would not even make the top 500.
        Examples : Dwight Howard recently made history by winning his third consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

        Defense is arguably the most important part of basketball, and no one plays as well as Howard on that end of the floor.

        In the NBA where offense is glorified by most fans and sports analysts today, it is fair to say the league also has some top-notch defenders: 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard and Boston Celtics veteran Kevin Garnett are arguably two of the best in the league on defense.

    • Federico Rocha

      Thompson’s D is better than adequate and improving. I agree he had some slumps over the year but overall he is an excellent shooter. I disagree about the Thompson replicas available all over the league.

      Bogut when healthy proved to be a defensive difference maker in the playoffs. It’s that whole ‘when healthy’ part that poses the problem. He’s just not reliable enough so with the injury problems I would agree with your ranking.

      Even though I disagree about Klay you have to give a little to get a little so I agree with the conclusion that Bogut + Thompson for Howard would be an excellent trade. Also don’t forget that Kobe was really talking Klay up before last year so he may support the trade.

      Not interested in giving up Barnes (I know you didn’t mention it but his name keeps coming up). He has the potential to be really special.