Top 15 Free Agent Destinations For Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard has had one of the most polarizing careers of any player in NBA history. When he was in Orlando and winning Defensive Player of the Year back-to-back-to-back, the public loved him. He was funny, he was charming, and he was the only player who could keep LeBron out of the NBA finals. The way he left the Magic was horrifying, and his season with the Lakers showed a side of the big man that we never expected. In hindsight, Howard left a team that was about to become the laughing stock of the NBA so it’s hard to fault him, but his attitude and his teammates critiques proved that Howard was a jerk and the public turned on him.

His time in Houston has been shaky at best. He was constantly hurt and his play was often deemed lazy. It’s not fair to just point to Howard when discussing what went wrong with the Rockets, but because he was such a “bad guy” in Orlando and LA, the public and media targeted him specifically. They rarely brought up the front office’s disrespectful treatment of their players (lying to Chandler Parsons about a contract, signing and trading Josh Smith a dozen times over), and rarely seemed to mention James Harden’s decision to play one-on-five basketball on offense or four-on-five basketball on defense.

He’s not perfect, but Howard is an extremely talented player with an ego that needs to be checked. We think he can get back to being a star depending on what team chooses to sign him. Here are 15 destinations that would love to have Dwight Howard.

15 Dallas Mavericks

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14 Orlando Magic

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13 Phoenix Suns

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12 Milwaukee Bucks

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11 LA Clippers

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10 Houston Rockets

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9 Philadelphia 76ers

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8 Boston Celtics

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7 Denver Nuggets

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6 Indiana Pacers

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5 Golden State Warriors

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4 Chicago Bulls

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3 Minnesota Timberwolves

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2 Portland Trail Blazers

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1 New York Knicks

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Many people are predicting Howard to New York, especially in the wake of the Derrick Rose trade. The Knicks last year ran a frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Robin Lopez, and Kristaps Porzingas, and they were the only good things happening for the Knicks. To get Rose they had to give away Lopez, who happened to be the only player on the team who could play solid defense. Between Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks now have two players who have been unable to play defense at an NBA level since they were drafted. Both are some of the greatest offensive weapons we have ever seen, but someone needs to come in to play some sort of defense. Enter Dwight Howard. We feel like there are too many big personalities on that roster and Howard has not shown that he is able to play second banana. Carmelo will demand the ball, Rose will demand the ball, and Howard will demand the ball. Phil Jackson has had a lot of experience handling these kinds of players, but he is not the coach. Howard is the perfect player for the Knicks, but is the worst personality to mix in.

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Top 15 Free Agent Destinations For Dwight Howard