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Dwight Howard is attempting 10.1 field goals per game, which is his lowest mark since the 2009-10 season.
While the decrease in touches has to do with the presence of other talented scorers—namely Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash—Howard has also been phased out of the offense quite a bit.
Howard hasn't looked anywhere close to 100 percent this season, evidenced by his inability to roll to the basket with a full head of steam or take contact when setting screens.
With that in mind, it's clear that Mike D'Antoni needs to assess Howard's disabilities and work around them, moving the offense through his talented center down in the post.
With Howard capable of scoring from both the left and right blocks, the Los Angeles Lakers' offense could prosper if they ultimately establish a more reliable inside-outside game.
Specifically, and we saw this a bit on Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns, D'Antoni could run some isolations for Howard down on the blocks, clearing out nearby space, thus allowing him to operate on his own.
In addition, Howard could benefit from some added face-up opportunities, as he has a potent first step that many centers can't keep up with.