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Daily Digits: Dwight Howard is already making a difference for the Wizards

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Josh Williams | @jwillview

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the Wizards’ rebounding percentage with Dwight Howard on the floor this season, which is...

51.5%

The Wizards’ rebounding issues to start the season have been well documented. They were so bad that it seemed like even a great rebounder like Howard would only be able to get them back to tolerably below average.

Instead, he has taken Washington all the way from the worst rebounding team in recent NBA history to one that was above average in their first two games with the big man in the lineup. The 51.5 percent rebounding rate would be the eighth-best mark in the league for the season if it was the team’s percentage.

While the sample is small (Howard has only played 54 minutes so far this season) but those minutes came against the Thunder and Knicks, who have both been above average on the glass this season. There are more challenges on the way this week. Washington faces Dallas (9th in rebounding percentage) and Miami (4th in rebounding percentage) who should help us get a very clear picture of just how much Superman can do to make the Wizards a good rebounding team.