While the relevance of analyzing Dwight Howard might seem low given that he plays for the Lakers, I wanted to write my thoughts on the Wizard's pursuing him or any player like him during the off-season or trade. Included in this list of players who are trade-targets / free agents this summer : D12, Andrew Bynum, Josh Smith. To be clear--I am not under the illusion that these players are in danger of joining the Wizards, but felt compelled to speak about them anyway.
That D12 has lost a step since his back injury is undeniable; that he may never be the same dominating player (top 5) in the league that he was seems probable; that his continued antics and lack of professionalism would bring unwanted and disruptive energy to the Wizard's roster---undeniable.
Howard's gifts are great, but he and players of his ilk, who feel a sense of entitlement, who do not possess introspection and the ability to identify their own weaknesses should not be added to the roster. I haven't read much support for a "SIGN DWIGHT HOWARD" campaign this summer; however, I think people like Ernie and Ted are dumb and greedy enough to sign players that sell tickets rather than put the team in championship contention.
Howard, Smith, Bynum and myriads of lesser mentioned names do not get what Bill Simmons refers to as "the secret" or as I would term them: babies. Baby players were coddled as youngsters because of their talent and never learned to take criticism or develop their games.
The ups and downs of this franchise are occasionally nauseating, but i'll take players like Martell, CSIng and Wall who seem to understand the dynamics of TEAM basketball any day over players like Dwight Howard, who for all their freakish gifts, seem content to cause more problems than they solve on and off the basketball court. Long story short: Dwight Howard has supplanted and infinitely surpassed Lebron as the most annoying NBA player.