Dwight Howard is showing immense improvement this season. The best center in the NBA is looking less like a joke as he was with the Lakers and more like the three-time defensive player of the year in Orlando.
After spending a year with the Lakers, Howard wasn't able to achieve anything within the span of a single season. Some people argue that he shouldn't have been the starting center in the Western All-Star team last season and got in because of his popularity. Well this year is different.
Howard is again looking like the best center in the West and the best center in the league. Against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Howard dropped all of his seven free throws and he even hit a three.
The three might have been lucky, but his free throws are improving. He jumped from a high 40% to 57% from the stripe. Howard has also kept his shooting from the field at a high percentage, shooting 57 percent and is ranked fifth in the league.
Howard has been great on offense but hasn't completely disregarded what brought him into the NBA - his defense. Howard is a great inside presence for the Houston Rockets and a great defensive rebounder. Howard has pulled down 20+ rebounds in three of his 24 games and 10+ in 16 of his 24 games this season
Howard has had a great December, averaging 15.8 rebounds and 20.3 points a game. He is 58% from the field and 65% from the charity stripe. Howard is becoming a huge offensive force and alongside James Harden, he is giving the Rockets the blast they need to make it to the playoffs.
A huge reason Howard has been looking so good is because of his health. Howard has played and started in every Houston game.
Howard hasn't played in every game of the season since the 2009-10 campaign. If Howard can maintain his fitness and health, the Rockets may make it all the way.
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