Dwight Howard has quietly had a nice season in Charlotte.
He’s never going to be MVP-level Howard of the Orlando years again, but his legions of critics (read: Lakers fans) who think he’s trash now haven’t watched the Hornets this season. He’s averaged 16.1 points on a 57.4 true shooting percentage, plus grabs 12.1 rebounds a night. The Hornets have been 7.3 points per 100 possessions better with him on the court this season, with most of that boost on the offensive end.
Saturday night against undermanned and tanking Phoenix, Howard had a big night of 30 and 12. Check it out above.
He’ll be back with the Hornets next season (at more than $23 million, he’s overpaid, but he is bringing value).