Superman? Uh, Not Quite

Clayton CoffmanAnalyst IMay 12, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 12:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts after he is called for a foul in the second half against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden May 12, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Magic 92-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

He's the biggest guy (usually) on the court. He can out-muscle nearly everybody in the NBA. Unfortunately for Dwight Howard, though, his mental makeup allows him to play as soft as Brawny paper towels. Orlando's "Man of Steel" might want to reconsider his comic book description, because if Superman did exist he'd teach Howard a lesson about being the “one.” Howard's Game Five performance against the Boston Celtics was atrocious. Eleven points on five-of-10 shooting with 17 rebounds: is that what a superstar does? In one word, no, not in a million years.

Do the Magic even play better with him in the lineup? The last three minutes of the game, Howard touched the ball once. And defensively, he couldn't even box out Kendrick Perkins after a controversial play involving the 24-second shot clock. He didn't do any good in crunch time in Game Five. But why should we expect him to? Howard has produced the Magic franchise one playoff series victory in five years. I guess that's the premium now for number-one overall picks.