2. Dwight Howard, Philadelphia 76ers
Howard’s late-career renaissance has been fascinating to watch. After the future Hall of Famer and all-time dominant center failed to replicate the superstardom he acquired in Orlando, Howard followed several subpar years by choosing to become the added muscle and rebounding off of the bench for one title winner in LA and one contender in Philadelphia.
With Philly likely to shake things up, Howard could end up getting pushed to the side in favor of someone with a bit more versatility on offense. He’s perfect for what Brooklyn needs, right? Actually, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Dwight Howard is too similar to Brooklyn Nets castoff DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan figured to be the secret ingredient that turned the Nets around, but he was so poor at times that the Nets relegated him to the end of the bench, and he never got off of that end of the bench in the postseason. The Nets would replace Jordan with…an exaggerated version in Howard.
This is not to say Howard doesn’t have value. In fact, contenders around the league could use him as a backup center. However, the Nets need a new starting center, and if they end up with Dwight in the starting lineup, that means that Marks has failed in his task of improving the Nets in the frontcourt.