Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey always knew which player could complete his championship contending roster.
That player might not always have had a name, but he remained the executive's premier target. Until that attainable superstar emerged, Morey's plan of attack was simple: asset acquisition.
He crafted a core high on intrigue and low on cost. When his financially friendly roster appeared to be one player short of a title shot, Morey made his move.
He put a name to that anonymous star: Dwight Howard. The seven-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year now enters H-Town with championship aspirations draped across his broad shoulders.
Elite-level production is expected. So another strong statistical season won't be enough to excite Howard's new fanbase.
For that, he'll have to take his game to previously unseen heights.