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Dwight has always been known for his highlight reel dunks and vicious blocks, but last season he gained a reputation for being selfish.
After a nasty public feud with former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy, Dwight is ready to put it all in the past and have a solid season for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dwight dominated last year, averaging 20 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks per game last season.
Now being paired with another paint threat in Pau Gasol, Howard will help make the Lakers frontcourt a nightmare for every team in the NBA.
Throughout his career, Dwight has found himself alongside perimeter or jump-shot oriented big men, such as the likes of Rashard Lewis, Brandon Bass and Ryan Anderson. Sure, they would occasionally bang on the boards, but these guys were typically hanging around the perimeter awaiting catch-and-shoot opportunities.
Now with a true post threat by his side, Dwight can easily make Pau Gasol's game much easier and vice versa.
Dwight also needs to continue to refine his post moves and his touch around the basket—his 49 percent free-throw shooting isn't going to fly either.
If he wants to get touches in close situations, the Lakers will have to count on him to knock down shots at the line—which was one of the reasons he complained in Orlando about not getting touches later in the game.
Despite some of his offensive flaws, Howard will make an immediate impact on the defensive end.
For the past three seasons, the Magic were in the top five of the best defensive teams in the league as far as opponent's field goal percentage in the paint—thanks in large part to the presence of Howard. Last year, the Lakers were the 19th-best team in that category.
Not great, not horrible, but now thanks to Dwight, it's possible the Lakers will finally play lock-down defense in the box.
Assuming Dwight can stay happy and get along with his coaching staff and teammates, he's going to have a tremendous season wearing purple and gold.