Dwight Howard’s return to Los Angeles is faring better than most thought. This season, Dwight is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game in 21 minutes of action. He has been en essential member of the team for the Lakers, helping to protect the rim off the bench.
But is it really time to include him amongst the names of All-Time Lakers greats? Most would be hesitant to affirm that claim, but D12 seems confident that he belongs, going so far as to name himself as the “sixth man” off the bench for his All-Time Lakers starting five.
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On his list are Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaq, and Magic Johnson.
That much is hard to argue, as all have a resume and skill set that has them in the conversation for the greatest ever. But for Howard to include himself, even as a guy off the bench, might be stretching it too far.
After his first tenure in L.A. went sour, Dwight still has to prove he can last a full season being the stable, valuable big man he believes himself to be.