Why Brook Lopez Is More Valuable Than Dwight Howard

December 13th, 2009 by Matt Gelfand Leave a reply »

I know what you're all thinking, so I'll preface this article with an advisory statement: If I were building a team from scratch, Dwight Howard would be my starting center. End of story.  

His defense stymied Lopez on two occasions this season, holding the Nets young center to two of his lowest scoring and rebounding totals of the year. Granted, Lopez is no slouch—the kid has an extremely high basketball IQ, is becoming a double-double machine, and his numbers are up across the board from his rookie season.  Yet, if we were comparing Lopez to Howard head-to-head, Howard takes the cake.  

Only this isn't a simple comparison of two talented big men but rather a study, an assessment, a science project of sorts evaluating which player—Dwight Howard or Brook Lopez—is more valuable to their respective teams.  

The answer is Lopez. 

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