Here's to hoping that Dwight Howard fully recovers from his back injury. As I'm not a doctor, I can't tell you whether he'll ever fully make this recovery. When interviewed by USA Today, Dwight spoke to the difficulty of his road to recovery:
People don't understand that. They just come out and see me make a couple dunks and blocks and say, "Oh, he's back." But it does take a while for all this stuff to heal. This is not something easy, so I understand that. It will come.
Dwight Howard is 27 years old and should theoretically be ascending into his prime. Instead, he's trying to get back to the level he once was. And even if he gets there, can you imagine Howard ever being better than his Orlando self?
You could make a fair argument that Dwight Howard's best season was in 2008-09 (career high win share average), though you could also make a case for 2010-11 (career high PER). Either way, we're talking about someone who did not demonstrate much improvement between 2008-11, and then got taken out by back surgery in 2012.
He looks slow right now, and lacks lift on many nights. I do have faith that Dwight Howard, always a hard worker, will return to at least near what he was. I just don't have faith in his ability to become even better than his old peak, after that road to recovery. So much of his game is predicated on athleticism, and he's in a battle against time and his body to retain it.