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Grading Dwight Howard's First Preseason Game as a Los Angeles Laker

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Grading Dwight Howard's First Preseason Game as a Los Angeles Laker
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All-Star center Dwight Howard's debut with the Los Angeles Lakers may be the most anticipated appearance for a player with a new team since LeBron James' with the Miami Heat in 2010.

The Lakers went all-in this summer to acquire Howard and join him with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol to give the Lakers arguably the best starting lineup in the NBA.

Howard made his first appearance in the Lakers' famed purple and gold Sunday evening against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center and received a standing ovation. Howard responded by giving fans a taste of what to expect by contributing 19 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks on 8-of-12 shooting in his first game action since April.

While Howard posted an impressive stat line in his debut, there were some areas where he could use a bit of fine-tuning before the Lakers can claim he is fully up to speed. In the following slides, we will examine and grade five key areas of his performance, and we'll also analyze how the Lakers can improve with Howard finally on the court with his teammates.

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