Over the last-four seasons, we’ve been amidst some of the NBA’s top storylines. A good margin of them have been centered around former Defensive Player of the Year and current Atlanta Hawks’ Center Dwight Howard, which ironically, might truly be why the league calls it, “The Man In The Middle.”
Howard was recently mentioned in multiple rumors, particularly with the New Orleans Pelicans. It was noted that the two had an “exploratory” conversation, and the only reasonable thought I could get from it it was the potential big-man pairing of Howard and Anthony Davis. Not much else.
Rather, it’s neccesary to ask: Who would the Hawks be receiving?
We take a scroll down the Pelicans’ roster, as they have more than a few considerable pieces. I definitely could imagine NOLA pushing to exchange Guard Tyreke Evans, who’s slowly come along in 17 appearances following knee rehabilitation. Howard’s former teammate in Houston Omer Asik, would’ve been a serviceable return as well. But would anyone on the Pelicans, other than the two I named, make Atlanta a better team?
The Hawks have been one of the very few teams to start pulling the trigger this season, as they just recently moved their best three-point assassin Kyle Korver — to Cleveland Cavaliers on January 7th. It didn’t end there either. The team has also been in engaged talks with moving All-Star Power Forward Paul Millsap, who’ll be an Unrestricted Free-Agent on July 1st. As for Dwight, he’ll have his fair-share of rumors before the NBA trade-deadline. But are his very-short days in his hometown Atlanta already numbered?
Of course not.
This wouldn’t make much sense to me at all. I think we’re all missing the intentions the issues Atlanta could be trying to solve. Plenty of these rumors are hard to trust nowadays. And even still, the 31 year-old Center has had an outstanding season, not just with staying healthy, but is slowly returning to his dominant defensive stature.
ON THE SEASON…
- In just under 30 minutes a game, Howard is currently recording 13.0 Rebounds, his highest since his final season with the Orlando Magic in 2011-12.
- Howard is shooting 64% on Field-Goals, a career-best.
- Pulling down a career-best 4.6 Offensive Rebounds, this feat is Howard’s highest since the 2008-09 season.
- Per-100 Possessions, Howard averages 22.3 Points, 22.0 Rebounds and 1.5 Blocks this season.
As solid of a season Dwight’s been having so far, it’s gone unnoticed. It’s been verbally due to the never-ending slander he possesses from his critics. However, it’s resulted to a 24-18 record under Hawks’ Head Coach Mike Budenholzer — who’s seeing his team position themselves for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
And if there’s anything that matters here, is that from watching him, Dwight is a happy individual with the situation overall. There’s been no drama between the players and certainly his coach, and he’s been able to have his way. It wouldn’t do the Hawks any good to part ways with someone that’s given you a legitimate reason to win. The Hawks have been a much better defensive team at the rim this year, especially in recent ones. Trading Dwight won’t solve that, and it’d also be just another questionable decision from Wes Wilcox.
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