Dwight Howard is now the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers, which gives the team their first viable option at the 5 since Shaquille O'Neal. Much like his large and goofy predecessor, Howard brings a strong scoring and defensive game along with a quirky personality.
Unlike him, he seems ready to share the spotlight with new teammate Kobe Bryant. Thus, though he plays a similar game to Shaq, Howard may actually be better than the future Hall of Famer.
Yet, some Lakers fans may not be so quick to embrace Howard. After all, O'Neal was instrumental in the team winning three consecutive championships from 2000-2002 and has continued to win new fans in his work as an analyst for TNT's Inside the NBA. No matter how you look at it, that's a big pair of shoes to fill (literally).
Still, the fact remains that while Shaq's legacy in Los Angeles may seem like a flame that should burn forever, it's time for the torch to be passed to Howard. He is going to play a huge role in the Lakers making a serious run for the NBA Finals this year, and when the dust settles it's not even going to be a question anymore.
In every way, shape and form, Dwight Howard is better than Shaquille O'Neal.