5 Reasons Pau Gasol Will Flourish Without Dwight Howard on LA Lakers

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5 Reasons Pau Gasol Will Flourish Without Dwight Howard on LA Lakers
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Since joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol has been an integral part in winning two NBA championships and keeping the Lakers relevant as a contender.

Playing alongside Dwight Howard last season, however, certainly mitigated his production.

Prior to Howard's arrival, Gasol established himself while paying the co-star to Kobe Bryant's alpha male role with the Lakers. Gasol has been most comfortable as the second option on offense. 

Despite Bryant's tendency to dominate the ball, Gasol still received a lot of touches due to his versatility and effectiveness on offense.

Even when playing alongside Andrew Bynum, Gasol was able to find his niche within different variations of the triangle offense, which takes full advantage of his passing ability.

Howard stifled Gasol's game in a variety of ways.

Although a lot of it has to do with both Howard and Gasol fighting for a way to fit into head coach Mike D'Antoni's system, there's no doubt that Howard's presence made it hard for Gasol to really establish himself in the offense. 

Without Howard around in Los Angeles, Gasol should see a career resurgence if he can stay healthy. 

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