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5 Ways Dwight Howard Can Fill Shaquille O'Neal's Shoes for LA Lakers

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5 Ways Dwight Howard Can Fill Shaquille O'Neal's Shoes for LA Lakers
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Hopefully, Dwight Howard is ready to handle the pressure that comes with playing center for the Los Angeles Lakers because he is going to compared to Shaquille O'Neal for the rest of his career. 

You know, that one guy who was virtually unguardable in his prime. 

Shaq averaged 27.5 points per game during his first nine seasons in the NBA.

Howard has averaged 20.6 points per game over the span of his eight-year career. 

While it isn't really fair that Howard has to compete with Shaq, it is inevitable as both have earned the label as the best big man in the league. 

Howard doesn't have Shaq's size and quickness and isn't nearly as dominant with the ball in his hands while in the post. But, that doesn't mean that Shaq was better than Howard in every category.

Few would argue that Shaq is a better all-around defender, as Howard's ability to pick up slack for his team mates on the defensive end is truly remarkable.

Howard and Shaq are different types of centers, but there are ways in which he can fit the big shoes that Shaq left when he was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. 

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