The latest of many Dwight Howard sagas has come to an end with the highly sought after big man choosing to go to Houston to link up with James Harden and the Rockets.
Last season was a big year for the Rockets. The acquisition of James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder propelled them into the playoffs and, despite being knocked out in the first round, they didn’t seem too far away from a championship-challenging outfit.
Their new look back court partnership of Jeremy Lin and Harden made them a formidable opponent to any team in the NBA but they were missing one vital element that stopped them from making too much of an impact in the post season: a dominant big man.
They now have that. Few would dispute that Dwight Howard is the most dominant big man in the NBA and by joining the Rockets he can step out of the sizable shadow of Kobe Bryant and become the star man for his new team.
But is this signing really enough to propel the Rockets from a team that just scraped into the playoffs to a team that could potentially win it? Well there is no reason to suggest otherwise.
Most championship winning teams are built around having a ball handler and a finisher of the highest quality and fitting the rest of the team around that i.e. Jordan and Pippen, Kobe and Shaq, Wade and LeBron etc.
The Rockets now have that in Harden and Howard and if a partnership can be developed between them then they will be almost impossible for any team to successfully defend.
And all of this is without even mentioning Jeremy Lin. If he can recapture the form he showed in his breakthrough season with the Knicks then the Heat should start preparing themselves for life without their championship title.
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