The Atlanta Hawks are happy with the acquisition of Dwight Howard, adding a big man that the team has been sorely lacking. Despite his struggles since moving out of Orlando, Howard is looking to redeem himself and finally recall the form that made him one of the best centers in the league.
Howard has hardly been impressive and has seen his stock plummet. He is no longer the same superstar that many knew him to be with the 6-foot-11 all star often out due to injury.
A lot of that happened with the Houston Rockets, the team that he joined following a short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. He never turned out to be the guy that Daryl Morey expected and the rest is history.
With the Hawks, he starts anew. He is expected to try and blend in with the regulars led no less by Paul Millsap. For the record, Millsap is the obvious star in Atlanta, which brings us back once more to Howard’s controversial past.
Ghost Of Co-Existence
Since departing Orlando, one thing that Howard struggled to accept is that he is no longer the top dog. He failed to co-exist with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles and obviously didn’t hit it well with James Harden in Houston. Could the same case happen with Millsap?
Millsap is far from the stature of Bryant and Harden so there is a chance that they could make it work.
One key is to co-exist playing the paint. Howard does his damage posting up, while Millsap has the creative talent to score. For now, Millsap looks at Howard’s addition as positive, but everyone knows that the real score sets in when the actual wars begin.
Millsap is expected to be the priority, a familiar scenario Dwight endured with his last two ballclubs. It remains to be seen if he has accepted his fate of being the “other guy” and that he is not the first option anymore.
Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer needs to be hands on with Howard and condition him mentally of what their basketball philosophy is all about. Failure to do so will mean another Dwight Howard disaster.