Miami Heat Need a True Center so Why Not Go After Dwight Howard?

Joseph GoodeCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2011

Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for T-Mobile)
Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for T-Mobile)

The past NBA champions have had solid seven-foot big men manning the middle with Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom, and Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett.  The Miami Heat had Chris Bosh and who? 

When you take a look at LeBron James and Dwyane Wade’s game, they are too similar in style and play.  We have two players who have streaky jump shots, no post game and both want to create with penetration. So when one has the ball, the other tends to stand in no man's land and is lost in the offense. 

Now let’s look at the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen combo. 

Pippen was penetrating and the creator of the team, and when the ball was thrown into the post to Jordan, Pippen stayed out in the wing to catch and shoot the three-ball.  Jordan’s game relied heavily on his post play, and the mid-range jump shot within the confines of the triangle offense. 

Although both were wing players, the two players' styles were different, which led to six NBA championships. 

Unless James or Wade develop a strong post game or the Heat can hire Tex Winters to bring in the triangle offense, the Heat should trade one of the players. 

Now before you stop reading and think that I am crazy, the Heat should only trade if they can get the best center in the league, Dwight Howard.  Howard has an ever-improving post game and is the best defensive player in the league.  Superman 2.0 will bring championships to South Beach.

So now you want to know which player the Heat should trade, right?

Trading Wade would make the most sense.  Wade brought Miami its first championship, and he has the killer instinct quality that all champions have, but Wade is older than LeBron and more injury prone. 

Wade has about three or four years of great play in his prime with his aggressive, attacking the basket style of play. 

While on the other hand, LeBron is bigger, taller and younger.  LeBron seems to be getting better every year and will continue to get better.  He will soon develop the mentality to finish games as he continues to gain experience. 

LeBron will finally have a true center to work with and can be even more aggressive in the passing lanes. 

The combination of Howard and Bosh would also be deadly and lead to multiple championships.  Bosh has a very strong high post and mid-range game, while Howard can dominate down low. 

Having two very good big men would fall in the lines of many of the previous champions.  Size wins championship, and the Heat would have the best front-line in NBA history. 

By sending Wade to Disney World for Howard, it would give Pat Riley and the Miami Heat the multiple championships that it hungers, and begin a new dynasty.