Isn't it obvious? The Houston Rockets now have the best center in basketball.
Dealing with a bad back last season, Dwight Howard put up numbers that only so few players can put up in today's league, posting 17 points on 58 percent shooting to go along with a league-leading 12.4 rebounds per game and a shade under 2.5 blocks.
Dwight only missed six games last season. He should be back to his Orlando Magic-type dominance next year with a healed back, but he would still be allowed to rest because of the Rockets' depth at the center position, which includes defensive-stalwart Omer Asik and 2007 Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Camby.
The Rockets now possess two former Defensive Players of the Year, with Dwight winning three in the past four years. He was a severely underrated defender last year, ranking 26th in PPP given up, including eight when it came to defending post-ups.
Dwight held opponents to 32 percent shooting on post-ups. Needless to say, I can't wait to see him and Marc Gasol go at it four times per season.
Per SynergySports, there were few teams that averaged less points per possession than Houston when it came to post-ups last season. The Rockets ranked 26th with 0.73 PPP, shot a paltry 41 percent and only relied on it for four percent of the offense.
However, Houston's offense was heavily reliant on its spot-up shooters, relying on those types of plays 23 percent of the time. With Howard set to start, the Rockets are going to be a volatile shooting team with the likes of Jeremy Lin (34 percent 3-pt shooter), James Harden (37 percent) and Chandler Parsons (39 percent) surrounding Dwight.
Unlike Orlando, Houston has talent that can do far more than surround Dwight and shoot on kick-outs.
If things don't go as planned, it could get ugly.
No team wants an unhappy superstar, and that goes double for a Houston team that just signed a perennial All-Star who tore down the Orlando Magic and was disgruntled throughout his time with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Both those teams went through such turmoil because of the frustration of their centerpiece.
The entire team will have to adjust to Dwight's presence. James Harden will be satisfied to be able to share the ball with another player who can score, but he'll also have to find his game coming more from the outside, as opposed to being able to drive it on every possession.
The playmaker that he is, Harden should still be able to flourish being able to drive and dump it off to the waiting center under the basket. However, he will also have to adjust to sharing the ball with another player looking to get at least 10 shots per game.
It's going to be quite the difference from Asik, who was taking less than eight shot attempts per last year.
Also, the Rockets primary ball-handlers, James Harden and Jeremy Lin, rely heavily on their work as the pick-and-roll man. Dwight is far more reliant on post-ups, while his work as the pick-and-roll man is a far decreased part of his offense, being only 11 percent of his total offense last season, per Synergy.
However, Dwight was an 80 percent shooter when utilized as the pick-and-roll man.
Still, this is a significant move for the Rockets that should bring nothing but positive results. They were a No. 8 seed last year and have become immediate contenders without playing a game.
But having a great team on paper is a different story than having a great team on the court.