With their loss to the Atlanta Hawks Sunday night, the Orlando Magic saw the series score move to 3-1 in favor of the Hawks. Howard and the Magic are the higher seed in the series, although not by much.
Howard has been putting up numbers fitting a winner, but his team continues to fall short of victory. He's averaging stats that big men these days dream of, but his performances aren't rewarded with triumph. Howard is posting 32.3 points and 17.5 rebounds in four playoffs game. He's also adding 1.8 blocks each contest.
So, why aren't the Magic winning?
The rest of the team is ice cold.
Howard has attempted only one three in the series, one that he missed. The rest of the team has hoisted 95 shots from deep, connecting on 21 for a dismal 22.1 percent. Here are the shooting percentages for the Magic, not including Howard, in each game of the series:
Game 1: 18-52 OR 34.6 percent
Game 2: 18-66 OR 27.3 percent (somehow, they won this game)
Game 3: 23-59 OR 39.0 percent
Game 4: 22-65 OR 33.8 percent
If Orlando wants to keep Howard from relocating, they better start shooting better. If not, Howard could make like Shaquille O'Neal and leave the Magic during his prime.
Here are 10 teams that have the potential to acquire Howard. They are listed in alphabetical order by city name.