Dwight Howard was a viable MVP candidate before the Magic made the trades to acquire Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson, Earl Clark, and Gilbert Arenas.
The four-time All Star unveiled several new post moves including a lefty jump hook and a face-up jumper, off the glass, from 8 to 12 feet, a la Tim Duncan. Howard is scoring 21.2 PPG which is 3.5 PPG higher than his career average and is fourth in the league in field goal percentage at .564.
Howard is the most dominant rebounder in the game having been the leading rebounder in the NBA in each of the past three years and coming second in 05-06 and 06-07. Howard is currently second in the league with 13.1 RPG, with 3.5 of his total rebounds per game being of the offensive variety.
The time honored standard of greatness in the NBA is 20 PPG and either 10 RPG or 10 APG. 20 and 10 in a game is a great game, 20 and 10 for a season is a great year and a player with 20 and 10 for a career goes to the hall of fame.
Dwight Howard, Kevin Love and rookie Blake Griffin are the only players averaging at least 20 and 10 so far this year.
Howard has more steals than any other player at the center position and more steals than speedy point guard Derrick Rose and Jerry Sloan disciple Derron Williams. Howard is the best one-on-one defender at the center position and he patrols the paint, displaying a brand of help defense that has made him the most feared shot blocker in the league throughout his seven-year career.
He is also currently fourth in the league in blocked shots making Howard a candidate for an unprecedented third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Despite Howard's individual dominance on both ends of the floor, his bid for MVP is bolstered by the types of players the Magic acquired in the trades.
In this slideshow, I will identify three reasons why the Magic's acquisitions might assist Howard in becoming the 2010-2011 MVP. In subsequent slides, we'll see how Howard stacks up against other 2010-2011 MVP candidates.