Dwight Howard has accomplished a lot in his short career. He is a five-time All-Star, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, the starting center on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, and has averaged a double-double in each of his first seven seasons. Even with all of his personal success one accomplishment still eludes him- winning an NBA Championship.

It is the same accomplishment that eludes players such as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James, but all of those players have moved to teams they feel gives them a better chance at winning. The question then becomes what team gives Howard the best chance to win?

While I remain against the creation of the “super teams” cropping up around the league I can’t ignore the fact that Howard’s chances of winning in Orlando are fading fast and he knows it. He is still averaging 18 points and 14 rebounds per game this year, but his heart just hasn’t seemed to be in Orlando for quite some time now.

There are several teams interested in his services like New York, Brooklyn, and the Lakers, but I think his best option is in Chicago.

The Knicks are already forward and center dominant so adding anything other than a guard doesn’t make sense for them. Brooklyn has a good guard in Williams, but he wants out as well so I don’t see Howard as a good fit there. The Lakers would work if the Paul trade had gone through because they would have needed a young athletic big man, but now they still have Bynum and Gasol so, like New York, I think a guard would be better suited for the Lakers.

If Howard really wants out, and wants to win now Chicago is the right destination for him. They are a team on the up and up which is something you cannot say about the Magic. That being said, my number one reason why Howard would find the most success in Chicago is last years’ MVP Derrick Rose.

The tandem of Rose and Howard would be the perfect marriage because they play on each other’s strengths marvelously. Rose dishing and shooting with Dwight cleaning up the boards with his emphatic finishes would be a treat to see. Like I stated earlier,

It could be the end for Dwight Howard in Orlando.

creating a team where all the stars are forwards makes no sense to me, but when you combine the league’s best young center and best point guard period you get the versatility a winning team needs.

Not to mention some of the pieces already in place in Chicago like Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng who make very formidable three and four options to say the least. Most importantly, in my opinion, is the team’s recent addition of Rip Hamilton, who has won a championship, and is a proven leader on and off the court.

Though Howard remains in Orlando, and like the professional he is remains playing hard, it is unlikely that he will remain there once the March trade deadline rolls around. The only question left is where he will end up.

Written by Robert White via FeedCrossing
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