For a team currently known as lob city, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers are going to have a difficult time completing lob passes when up against their fellow Staples Center tenants.
This, of course, is because the Lakers now have a former NBA Defensive Player of the Year in Dwight Howard.
Howard has had the honor of being named the NBA’s best defender from the 2008-2009 season through the 2010-2011 season, solidifying his status as an all-time elite defender.
According to NBA.com, Defensive greats Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace are the only two players with more Defensive Player of the Year awards than the Lakers center, with four a piece.
Chris Paul and company will find Howard’s presence in the paint to be a burden, leaving the point guard with few options.
Paul may decide, at times, to take over games himself, but this can only take the team so far.
This one-dimensional approach can easily backfire and lead the Clippers back into the lottery.