When Will Dwight Howard Become Superman? Are We Going to Wait Forever?

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 16: Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic reacts against the Boston Celtics in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 16, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard may be the best center in the NBA, but that's like being the smartest kid on the short bus.

The NBA is a perimeter-player driven league. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Deron Williams and Brandon Roy run this town and unfortunately, traditional big men that flooded the NBA during the '80s and '90s are coming to an end.

Dirk Nowitzki may have the height of a center, but he plays a game similar to a small forward. There have also been a young wave of big men in the league with players such as Greg Oden, Marc Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Brooks and Robin Lopez who play the game rough and rugged, just as it was played in the glory days.

Shaquille O'Neal is old and BIG (period) and Yao Ming is injured so that leaves us with Howard a.k.a "Superman."

Howard may be one of the most athletic players in the game and his defense is near flawless, but his offensive game is mediocre—at best. Howard can jump out the gym, has decent footwork, and is a very physical imposing player, but think about it, why does he put out so little on the offensive end of the court?

The offense is tailor made for his skill set and he plays with unselfish players. Maybe if "Superman" would dig up some old tapes of Patrick Ewing, Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon he could see what he could become if he applies himself on the offensive end.

Hell, he even has Ewing as a coach! Maybe "Superman" should take off his head phones and stop dancing, while Ewing teaches him the ropes of being a legit NBA Center.

Howard is from the "AAU" era where high light dunks, three pointers and lackadaisical defense has became the trend of modern basketball.

Howard should be more dominant than he is. Without going to college he didn't receive the proper coaching on how to become a dominant big man on both ends. Granted he is a defensive specimen, but his team needs consistent play on the offensive end. It may sound bad, but if Howard would have played in the '80s or '90s he would have been as good as Kevin Willis.

Both have a lot of the same qualities, but Howard is fortunate to play in an era where there not that many quality centers.

With the Heat and Celtics bolstering their rosters in the Eastern Conference the Orlando Magic will need their "Superman" to be super. This upcoming season has many story lines. We shall see how Howard plays this season.

As of now we are still waiting on him to become superman.