Dwight Howard Is Destined to Remain Ringless No Matter Where He Goes

Stephen BabbCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic sits on the bench during a timeout before the final seconds against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Just when you thought every Dwight Howard trade scenario had already been floated, the most elaborate variation yet was originally reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The deal would send Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for the Denver Nuggets' Arron Afflalo, draft picks and presumably a few other pieces. Meanwhile, the Nuggets would receive Andre Iguodala, while the Philadelphia 76ers get their hands on Andrew Bynum.

Of course, there will be far more to the deal, as HOOPSWORLD's Alex Kennedy explains:

Multiple sources have confirmed that talks are indeed ongoing although nothing is imminent and that the Yahoo! report isn’t necessarily complete in what players are involved. Naturally, as deals a`re being negotiated, it can be difficult to lock in the exact parameters given how quickly they change.

Even if Howard winds up on a Lakers team that hasn't moved too many of its own pieces in the process, don't be so sure about their ability to win a title.

Though he'd provide a defensive upgrade on paper and give Los Angeles another superstar name to add to the list, that doesn't mean a ring is automatic for the big man. For everything that Howard brings to the table, he's the kind of double-edged sword who will struggle to take a team all the way.

Even with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash involved.

Dwight Howard has the disposition of a superstar, not a winner. He guided his Orlando Magic to some success when the Eastern Conference was at its all-time weakest point.

He fills up the stat sheet, especially on the defensive end, where his size and athleticism make him a beast in the painted area. His explosiveness also translates into steady production on the offensive end.

Don't mistake that kind of talent and record of accomplishment for the ability to take a team all the way to the top in a league increasingly crowded with elite rosters.

Howard struggles to create his own shot when defenders crowd him, and he's even less effective when fouled. In his eight-year career, he's neither improved his free-throw shooting nor developed a consistent mid-range game.

If he were Shaquille O'Neal in an age of officiating that allowed Shaquille O'Neal to get away with murder, he might be well on his way to a dynastic career.

But, Dwight is no Shaquille O'Neal, and today's NBA actually calls big men for offensive fouls.

Nor does Howard have a killer instinct. It would only be a matter of time before his care-free attitude rubbed Kobe the wrong way. And, as Kobe and Nash begin their decline, Howard would begin making the same kind of front-office demands that typified his career in Orlando.

He's not the type to take responsibility for his fate. He's not a leader.

He's a follower desperately looking for some championship coattails on which to ride. That's not a formula for success, and the Orlando Magic understand that all too well.

The Lakers may understand it too soon enough.