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: Is Dwight Howard the Right Solution?


Is Dwight Howard really a solution for the Golden State Warriors?

I think he could be, but of course, that depends on a number of factors. First of all, he needs to be motivated, which he didn’t seem to be in his 2012-2013 playoff campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were obliterated by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. None of the games were even close.

He played like a top-5 center, but didn’t show the heart that it requires to win. That’s really necessary when trying to go for the championship. This is the same Howard that took the Orlando Magic to the Finals. That’s right, the Magic.

Now, Howard has the option to join forces with Stephen Curry and the Warriors, as they seek to become a future super power by making another statement in the 2013-2014 NBA season. Can Howard help them achieve that goal?

We consider Howard to be the best center in the NBA, and it’s not even close. Al Jefferson, Brook Lopez, and maybe Omer Asik are the only ones that even come close in comparison. This is why Howard is so highly sought after.

With or without motivation, he’s the best in the NBA. The motivation, however, is what helps to win championships.

Pair him with Curry — while you have other All-Stars like David Lee in the mixup — and the Warriors could be very deadly. Let’s not forget rising stars Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, who both possess the hype to make it as a star in the NBA.

It could be a good solution for the Warriors; you know, getting Howard on board, but for every pro in this case, there is a con. Howard is expensive, and the Warriors would be losing a crucial player like Andrew Bogut and possibly Brandon Rush off the bench.

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Howard may be able to fill the offensive productivity of these two, but you never know how it’s going to affect the production of Lee, and even Barnes for that matter.

It’s really just a simple question. Do you want the glory that he brings? Or the possible downfall of a young, budding team, which he could also bring?

The Warriors would be considerably better on paper with Howard, but you never know how it’ll actually work out. Howard is, and likely wants to be, a franchise player.

Is this the right choice?

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