Current Rank – #11 among all centers
Position C | 6′ 11″, 275 lbs | Houston Rockets
Born: Dec 8, 1985 in Atlanta, GA
Drafted 2004: 1st Rnd, 1st by ORL
Experience: 11 years
Ben Buchanan – Dwight Howard was considered to be the best center in the league not too long ago, but after a somewhat disappointing season last season, Howard finds himself 3rd on my list. Howard struggled to stay on the court last year, he only played in 41 games, and even when he was on the court he just wasn’t the same. Howard only averaged 15.8 PPG (lowest since rookie season), 10.5 RPG (lowest sine rookie season) and 1.2 BPG (lowest in career). Howard lands so high because we know who he is and all of his abilities to be one of the NBA’s elite players when healthy.
Sau A. – Howard has the physical tools but his will to win has been questioned by greats such as former teammate Kobe Bryant. If healthy and mentally engaged, he can show flashes of being dominant.
Jr. Williams – As his defensive dominance slowly dwindles like a deflating tire , Dwight Howard’s lack of an offensive arsenal has become more and more evident as higher quality centers like Al Jefferson and DeMarcus Cousins have taken the position (from an offensive perspective) to greater heights . Don’t get me wrong, Howard is a solid player when he’s not in foul trouble, however, he remains a liability during tight situations in the fourth quarter. In his prime Howard was arguably on the brink of becoming an NBA great, unfortunately, I think he has reached his ceiling talentwise. Overall, Howard is still good enough to rank among the top-12 centers in the NBA, but where will he rank a year from now?