Eight All-Star appearances, eight All-NBA selections, five All-Defensive selections, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, five-time Rebound Champion, two-time Block Champion, and one NBA Champion.
That’s what Dwight Howard accomplished in his Hall of Fame career, and it’s confusing not to see his name on the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team. Nonetheless, in his prime, Howard proved to be one of the most dominant centers in league history.
Howard, now 36, is nearing the end of his career and is currently still a full free agent in the month of August as most of the league’s attention is no longer focused on free agency. With training camps scheduled to begin in about seven weeks, the veteran center is running out of time to sign with a new team before the start of the 2022-23 season.
Since leaving the Orlando Magic after the 2011-12 season, Howard has played for six different NBA franchises, including three different stints with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also played for the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards.
Could Dwight Howard potentially add another team to this list, marking the eighth different team he has played for?
The Brooklyn Nets are in an interesting place this offseason, not only because they look like a championship contender on paper, but because they’re grappling with a lot of drama for their two superstar talents, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Irving’s future at Brooklyn is uncertain as the team appear reluctant to offer him a long-term extension at this time, and Durant’s immediate future is in question having requested a swap just over a month ago.
Who knows how those situations will play out over the next month and a half before training camp, but should the Nets mend those ties and sign their two All-Stars for the 2022-23 season, Brooklyn will once again be a fighting force in be of the Eastern Conference.
Adding seasoned, championship-proven depth to their frontcourt is a must for this team, especially given that Nicolas Claxton and big man Day’Ron Sharpe, sophomore, are the Nets’ only two real options at center are.
Dwight Howard is nowhere near the dominant talent he once was, but he’s still a strong internal presence at both ends of the parquet that could help Brooklyn recover, something they were in as a team last season finished 13th.
Howard played with the Lakers in the 2021-22 season and averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and shot 61.2% from the floor in a total of 60 games, of which he started 27.
Howard came off the bench and gave the Nets 10-15 minutes a game. He was able to take a lot of pressure from the Nets’ young big men and his ability to play pick-and-roll sets with the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could be very valuable to this franchise.
As of today, Brooklyn has signed 13 deals for the 2022-23 season, with Edmond Sumner’s contract partially guaranteed. They have an open roster spot to add another frontcourt talent and Dwight Howard could definitely be a viable option for this team.
Should both Irving and Durant sign up to play for the Nets in the 2022-23 season, then signing Dwight Howard looks like a great addition to this franchise as they hunt for their first title in team history.