- 03/26/2012, 03:59PM ET
ANFERNEE!!!!! said 03/26, 03:59 PM
When Dwight decides to leave the Magic, if he ever does, I think he would be a great fit for the Timberwolves. Not saying it will happen, but what if...
The wolves already have Kevin Love, one of the best PF's in the league. Much like Howard, Love is a rebound machine. They are by far the 2 best rebounders in the NBA, but they both don't only rebound well defensively, they do it on the offensive end too. This would be a key to the team's success.
The playing styles of Love and Howard would complement each other very well. Love likes to play more of an outside game than Howard does. So now when he shoots from outside, he has the best rebounder in the league to get the offensive board.
In addition to Love, Howard would also play well with Rubio. Rubio is great at throwing alley-oops, and Howard is great at finishing them. Mix in the rest of the young players that the Wolves have, and it could be a dangerous team. They are on the verge of being very good, but they are just missing one more key player. The defensive and offensive presence that Howard would bring to the Wolves would transform the team into a title contendor.
fvkasm2x said 03/26, 05:01 PM
Some reasons why Dwight would not go to Minny:
1) Small market
2) No depth (their bench is weaker than Orlando)
3) History of mismanagement in the organization
4) Not many shooters to pop open 3 pointers when Dwight kicks the ball out
5) Rubio is still unproven. He looked good early, but Dwight wants proven teammates
6) $$$$ I doubt Minny would pay Howard dollars
7) Dwight wants to win a ring. He would certainly make Minny better, but they still would not make the Finals and that is what Dwight wants.
Basically, you could take ANY team and say Dwight would make them better or that Dwight would do well there.
He is the best center in the game and a proven star. Of course he would do well in Minny. He would do well with almost anyone.
Imagine Dwight on the 76ers
Imagine him with Denver
With the Clippers
All 3 of those teams would be instant contenders with him. You could play the game with all the other playoff teams too. Minny would still not win with Dwight. They do not have the pieces
ANFERNEE!!!!! said 03/27, 05:45 PM
You listed the reasons why it wouldn't happen. I said, "Not saying it will happen, but what if...." You listed 3 teams that he would be a good fit for, but said nothing about them.
The 76ers are great because they play well as a team. They don't have one clearly defined superstar on their team. Bring Howard in and it will screw that all up. They are good now, but they don't need Howard to make them great.
Denver has kind of the same team mentality. And for the same reason I dont think it would work with the 76ers, I dont think it will work with the Nuggets.
The Clippers seem like it might be a good fit. Big market, great PG, great PF, but it isn't. Griffin is the exact same player. He scores down low and loves to dunk. Him and howard would not complement eachover very well.
fvkasm2x said 03/27, 09:32 PM
Both teams are missing a big name. They're missing a big man. They're missing a go-to guy in the clutch. Yes they play well as a team, but you need a premier stud (or 2 or 3) if you want to go far in the playoffs.
When you look at every championship team, there is always one guy that stands out. Maybe even two guys. Maybe even 3 guys. There are never ZERO guys.
Having an elite player to carry you in the 4th quarter or over tough stretches is a big need. The reasons you say Howard wouldn't work on these teams, is the same reason why these teams don't scare anyone in the playoffs.
Someone made a TD on here a few months about about the "no superstar way to the promised land." They asked if a team like Denver can make it to the Finals without a premier talent. The answer is no.
They need a big time player.
Griffin and Howard are fairly similar. But that means nothing if the supporting cast is accurate. Get a perimeter defender for your SF. Get a nice 3pt shooter as your SG.
Now you've got the best Center in the league, the best PG in the league and complimentary pieces.
ANFERNEE!!!!! said 03/29, 10:28 PM
So your reasoning behind Howard joining the 76ers or Nuggets is that they don't have any stand out or clutch players, so Howard would be a good fit?
Unlike the 76ers and Nuggets, the Timberwolves DO have that stand out player. Kevin Love is the best PF in the NBA, and he comes up big in big moments. So Howard would already have one clutch, superstar on his team in MN, compared to none in Philly/Denver.
The Timberwolves have a team very simliar to the Clippers, but the Wolves are younger and have playing styles that would better mesh with Howard's. The Clippers have an average player age of 27.74 (10th highest), 3 more than the Wolves' 24.74 (2nd lowest). Love is only 23, Beasley 23, Derrick Williams 20, Rubio 21, and these are some of their best players.
Howard made it to the NBA finals with a team that had 2 good Fs, an average PG, and virtually no consistent SG. The Wolves are a team with 2 good Fs, 1 great PF, and a young PG with great potential. The only difference is that these players have yet to reach their prime. They are young and improving, and have more potential than the 2008-2009 Magic team. Put the 26 year old Howard on this team, and they would be great.
fvkasm2x said 03/29, 11:11 PM
Howard cares about 2 things it appears:
2) Being the man
Howard wants to be the big dog. He doesn't really want to share the spotlight, unless it's with a premier PG who can dish him the rock. Howard wants to score and defend. He wants teammates that can get him the rock and teammates who can help out from time to time.
Minnesota simply isn't deep enough to be serious contenders. You aren't saying much other than:
1) Minnesota is young (big deal)
2) Minnesota would be better with Howard (who WOULDN'T be better with the best center in the league?)
As for there not being a superstar in Philly or Denver... that's really all they're missing. They play great team ball. They have players who can do one or two things really well and they mesh together. All either team is missing is that premier stud who can score 25 every night. Howard would fill that role.
I'd certainly be more afraid of a Philly or Denver team with Howard than I would be a Minny team with Howard.
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