Is Dwight Howard the next MVP?

On September 13, 2010, in Basketball, by jon

Dwight HowardDwight’s best statistical season was 2008-09. Dwight averaged 20.4 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game, and made a whole lot of noise about how Dwight could land the MVP by increasing his scoring totals by five points and keeping his rebounding and blocking totals consistent. 

Now, one could argue that the Defensive Player of the Year award exists for categories like rebounding and shot-blocking, and it’s a valid point.  Then again, if Howard makes such an impact on defense that he disrupts the course of every other team’s offense, it’s hard to ignore in the MVP voting.

Howard’s best chance to help his candidacy will be to have developed more advanced offensive skills in the offseason.  Given that he’s reportedly been working with Hakeem Olajuwon, and that he’s got Patrick Ewing as an assistant coach, Howard’s had plenty of opportunities to improve his game this summer.

If Howard’s hard work pays off and he starts converting some of the easy shots he misses in the post—averaging somewhere around 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 or 4 blocks per game—he’ll have a real shot at bringing home not just the Defensive Player of the Year for the third
straight year, but his first MVP award as well.

 

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