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Dwight hasn't shined in LA, as many thought he would.
In the last three months of the 2011-12 NBA season, before succumbing to a herniated disk in his back, Dwight Howard posted averages of 21 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game.
He was the No. 1 option of the Orlando Magic offense, a player whose talents were built around both ends of the court.
Since having surgery to repair the herniated disk in his back, he just hasn't been the same player. It's possible to cite a changing team situation as a big culprit in Howard's decline. But a lot of it has just been a decline because his physical prowess is not what it used to be.
His former coach Stan Van Gundy had this to say:
I don't think he looks quite as explosive or as quick as he has in the past. Now, he's still above almost everyone in the league at that size athletically, but he has not totally looked like himself to me.
These words carry weight. They are coming from the man who coached Howard for his first eight seasons in the league.
This season, Howard's averages have dipped to the lowest since his third season in the NBA, leaving us to wonder if we may have seen the best of Superman.
Howard is averaging just 17.6 points per game this season and averaging the lowest rebounding average since his rookie season (11.8 this year and 10.0 in 2004-05).
Statistical Source: Basketball Monster