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Team: Los Angeles Lakers
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.6 blocks, 1.0 steal, 20.10 PER
Let's not be too quick to forget that even in his clearly physically compromised state, Dwight Howard has still been quite effective in the 2012-13 season. He's posted a PER over 20 while averaging a strong double-double and providing a big defensive impact.
However, he isn't playing like the D12 of old. And it gets worse, as the Los Angeles Lakers aren't exactly winning games at the rate that was expected before the newest campaign kicked off.
While Howard has clearly been a top-20 player in the Association, he's fallen well short of that top-five status that we're used to giving him.
After nearly destroying his reputation during the Dwightmare as he alienated himself from the Orlando Magic franchise and was rumored to go to each of the other 29 teams, the D-League, seven teams in Europe and China (that may be a slight exaggeration), Howard needed to blow everyone away to become the fan favorite he once was.
That hasn't happened. Instead, he's playing defense with his hands instead of his feet while failing to look nearly as explosive as he was in the past.
And again, the Lakers aren't winning.
If Howard could break the glass and hit the reset button right now, he most likely would.