The jury is definitely still out on Dwight Howard. Some people already see him as a dominant post player. Others believe that he’s missing something. Whether that something is post moves, a short jump short, or just a mean streak, people have noticed and they aren’t sold.
One of the people that has noticed is former Chicago Bull, Scottie Pippen. Pippen recently gave his observations about Howard to the Orlando Sentinel and he was very clear about what he thinks Howard is lacking.
“He’s a very special player but I don’t think he’s going to win a championship until he gets another superstar to play alongside of him,” Pippen said recently while visiting Orlando. “A guy that’s very consistent and has that drive, that’s what it’s going to take. I don’t think that he can carry a team to a championship.”
“He’s not that great of a scorer, he’s not a good shooter and he’s not a good foul shooter. So in the latter parts of the game, as big as he is and as much athleticism as he has, that becomes very small when the game gets into crunch time. He’s not the type of player that can dominate a game in the fourth quarter.”
Can’t carry a team to a championship? I won’t go that far. But I do believe Dwight Howard is missing a mean streak. If he sets his mind to it, he could be unstoppable. Fortunately for him, and the Magic, he has time to get it.
Is Pippen right about Howard’s inability to dominate? (Orlando Sentinel)
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