The Los Angeles Lakers are getting Dwight Howard back in their line up, and the team is looking stacked from top to bottom.
The NBA restart is about to tipoff in three weeks. Teams will start to fly to Orlando to start their 14-day quarantine in time for July 31. Unfortunately, only 22 teams will join the restart. Among those teams, not all of them will be in full strength to compete. Many key players have already opted out of the restart.
However, this isn’t the case for the Los Angeles Lakers. The contrary is true for the team. They will miss Avery Bradley, but they got a dependable sub for him in J.R. Smith. The Purple and Gold team also got the good news that Dwight will suit up in the NBA restart.
Los Angeles Lakers get Howard back
The All-star center Dwight Howard commits that he will play with his team in the bubble. However, his focus will be on his cause on his Breathe Again campaign. Howard will completely donate his NBA restart paycheck to the campaign. The entire salary amounts to about AU$ 1 million.
Lakers' Dwight Howard in statement to @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium: "Our main objective is to raise awareness and gain transparency…Many of our fellow players are afraid to voice their concerns and are continuing to follow along with what they believe they have to." pic.twitter.com/dfTlSPBwpV
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 17, 2020
Dwight Howard has been a serviceable backup center for the Lakers this season. He has averaged 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in just under 20 minutes per game. Howard comes off the bench behind either JaVale McGee or Anthony Davis. He also sees minutes with a two-center offense with McGee.
Overall, Howard is the team’s defensive anchor off the bench and provides enough finishing moves on the rim. His defense also has propelled the Lakers up to the third spot of defensive rating.
Floor spacing technique
The Lakers will have plenty of shooters in its roster entering the bubble. They will have a well-rounded team with three towering big men in Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and JaVale McGee. Around them will be sharpshooters in Dion Waiters, Danny Green, and recently signed J.R. Smith. On the wings will be Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma, who will look to space the floor some more.
All these supporting casts make Lebron James’ path to the Finals a cakewalk. However, the contrary is true. James and his team will first have to see if the NBA restart will push through. Second, they have to fight their way out of the Western Conference finals. Afterward, they should hope that they have enough gas in the tank to match up against the team that will come out of the East.
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