Dwight Howard: The Biggest Threat to the Miami Heat

October 2nd, 2010 by Jonathan Tjarks Leave a reply »
The forgotten man of the 2010 NBA offseason stands 6’11", 265 pounds.

In an era where over half the league’s teams don’t feature a traditional center, it’s easy to forget that the road to a championship still runs through the paint.

While Orlando isn’t nearly as strong at the wing positions as either the Heat or the Lakers, not all talent on a basketball court is created equal.

Tim Duncan and Shaq won every championship between 1999 and 2007, except in 2004, when Shaq’s Lakers were defeated by the Pistons.

Since Jordan’s retirement, no team except those Pistons has won an NBA championship without an All-Star seven-footer.

And they had the 6’11" Rasheed Wallace and the 6’9" four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace to handle interior defense.

Scoring from the post is inherently more valuable than scoring from the perimeter.  A post player like Dwight Howard starts his move in the paint, while wing players have to battle through the entire defense to get into the lane.

Defensively, a dominant big man is ev ...

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