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While Dwight is one of the best players in the league, he has the potential and body to be so much better.
People say he's dominant just cause no other center in the league can really match up with him, but he doesn't actually "dominate". With his body (ridiculously tall, heavy - but in muscle, athletic, jumping ability, good footwork, impossible to box out...), he should be able to throw everyone who tries to guard him to the ground (save Shaq).
If someone developed a robot set-up to be the one of the best centers ever, it would come out with the body of Dwight Howard.
Maybe it has to do with his mentality, maybe it has to do with his role on the Magic (solid offensive option down low, but immense defensive presence -- Carter/Lewis/Nelson can score points) that he isn't producing like I know he should.
I can guarantee if he was on a bad team he could average 25 and 15 pretty easily. If he was a good free throw shooter: 30/15...scary. So maybe it's that his Orlando team is a title contender that he only needs to average 18 and 12 for them to be successful.
But if that's the case, he should put so much more into his defense. Every year, I am upset if he averages less than four blocks per game. This should be happening for him.
And he should not get away with games under 10 rebounds. Like why would that happen? Who ever heard of rebounding inconsistency? There's no excuse for a player of his caliber and size to miss out on rebounding in any game of the season.
But it happens.
I can understand a little dip in scoring every now and then (shots don't always fall, happens to everyone) but if you're the best rebounder in the league you should be that way all the time. We can only conclude that you weren't playing hard that game if you come up with 5 rebounds. You can't even factor luck into it, the biggest part of rebounding is going and getting the ball, that's not a matter of luck.
I would love to see him do himself justice and play like Los Angeles Lakers Shaq. I think the biggest difference between Shaq in his prime and the current Dwight Howard is their ability to take over a game.
Dwight can dunk and rebound and score and play good defense consistently in an entire game (and he does most games), but he lacks the ability to put the team on his shoulders. He can't bang every possession. He can't handle being fed the ball every possession successfully.
In my opinion he is the best center in the NBA right now. So why do I think he's overrated? Because people give him credit for more than he actually is.