Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Could the Orlando Magic Survive Without Superman?

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Dwight Howard Trade Rumors: Could the Orlando Magic Survive Without Superman?
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Whether you think of him as Superman, D Howard or Dwight the Tower Howard, he is a force to be reckoned with.  Dwight Howard led the league the past three years in average rebounds per game (14.2, 13.8, 13.2 respectively) as well as in blocks per game the past two years (2.9 and 2.8).  These numbers only speak part of his tale, as he has become a mentor and role model for many.  His dedication to his faith and his charity work is close to unmatched in the NBA, and the Orlando Magic are lucky to have him.

However, as the All Star Game draws near, there has become talk of trade and contract.  Even though Howard has expressed frustration (his contract does not expire until the 2012-20313 season) over these talks, his name has still been thrown into the mix with the likes of Carmelo Anthony.  Despite the current rumors and accusations, what would happen if the Magic were to really lose their five-time all star?  What happens if he follows a path similar to Shaquille O’Neal?  Could they ever recover? 

Let us take a look at what Howard means to the team and the possible consequences of his future departure.  What will the Orlando Magic miss?

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