Dwight Howard's Monster Season

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» Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:29 am
Dwight has the potential to be better than Shaq.

Not only is he rebounding better than O'Neal ever did, but he's already mentioned that his goal by next year is to develop a solid midrange jumper (something Shaq had no desire - or, to be fair, no need - to develop). If Dwight can get a Camby-esque midrange, he'd average over 30 points per game. Easy.

Put that alongside 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Incredible.
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» Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:18 pm
Don;t think Dwight will ever be able to overpower guys like Shaq did. Sure, he does a good job now of running through guys but Shaq was just bigger and stronger. Also, Shaq's passing was pretty good and Dwight has to learn that to get teammates involved when he is double teamed
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» Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:50 pm
Well, considering how soft the average frontcourt is today, Dwight will be at least as dominant as Shaq IMO. Look at his numbers! And he's only 22!
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» Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:42 am
Dwight doesn't have to be as strong as Shaq or as good a passer; it's all the era you play in.

Put Shaq in Wilt's era and Shaq's numbers would blow Wilt's outta the water. Likewise, if you tried playing Wilt Chamberlain in the 90's against Shaq, he'd likely get worked. A skinny, tall kid from Philly? Wilt would get handled. But because he played in a smaller, weaker era, Wilt dominated in ways that Shaq was not able to (due to bigger, more powerful opponents).

Once again, the bigs in the league have been watered down. Yao Ming and Marcus Camby are Dwight Howard's biggest competition... and they're both stick figures compared to him. Dwight doesn't need to be stronger than Shaq; he just needs to overpower Yao more than Shaq could overpower fellow ogres, like Duncan, Zo, and Ewing. Because Dwight's competition is so scarce, he can flat out dominate on physical gifts alone without any real basketball skill (see this season).

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