Dwight Howard: Is He Really Worth Having on Your NBA Team?

Andres CordobaContributor IIIApril 20, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic walks off the court during the game against the Miami Heat at Amway Center on March 13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard, he is 6'11", 265 pounds of pure muscle, 26 years old and is one of the most dominant centers in the league. He has won three straight defensive player of the year awards, is a six time all-star and has been on four All-NBA first teams. On paper it seems that any team in the NBA would be privileged to have him, but that's not entirely the case.

He just recently announced he is out for the year due to back surgery. Due to the fact Dwight waived the clause on his contract, he will play for the Magic for one more year. The thing is the Magic might have to trade him before that year is over. Why? The guy's a drama queen.

Dwight Howard is constantly asking for trades before claiming he wants to stay and demanding the Magic fire Stan Van Gundy. The problem is he is allowed to do it, the fact is he is possibly the best center in the league (Andrew Bynum has recently put himself in the conversation) and is the only thing keeping the Magic a championship-contending team. Star players have been ego maniacs since the beginning of time with players like Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson constantly demanding attention and butting heads with teammates and coaches.

The way Dwight Howard is going, he is going to be one of those players with great talent but an awful attitude. Both Chamberlain and Robertson didn't win championships until the tail-end of their careers and while piggybacking on other star players.

Obviously, the big controversy is the head butting between Stan Van Gundy and Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard has demanded the Magic to fire Van Gundy or wants to be traded to teams like the Lakers, Mavericks or Nets, but who's to say he isn't going to argue with the coaches of these teams or their superstars like Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant or Deron Williams.

Dwight Howard seems to be almost too talented for his own good as he seems to think that on what ever team he goes on he will be the best and most important player on the team. Players like Michael Jordan didn't win championships until they realized basketball is team sport and all your teammates need to see you want to play with them. Howard is making himself look bad in front of his teammates with this attitude and giving them the impression he doesn't want them as his teammates.

Another thing is Dwight wants to be treated like the best on the team, but with that comes the responsibility of becoming the leader of that team, and with his constant me-first attitude his teammates don't have a good leader to follow. Dwight is going to have to see that there are other players that are just as good or better than him in the league and that he has to show respect to whatever coach he has, or he will never win a championship or get treated with the respect he wants.