Dwight Howard has had trouble finding a home since leaving Orlando six years ago, but his move to the Hornets appears to be one of his best fits yet. This is a Charlotte team who's struggled to find a center in the mold of Howard, who's comfortable on both sides of the floor. While the numbers have been decreasing in recent seasons for Howard, his 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game averages from last season indicate there's still some gas left in the tank. He did that damage in his most efficient season, shooting a career-high 63.3 percent from the field. While his 29.0 minutes per game last season were a career-low, Howard likely won't see a dramatic increase in playing time, considering his spacing limitations and the fact that the Hornets still have Cody Zeller, who started 58 games a season ago. The key for Howard is health, as he's averaging just 64.5 games played across his last six seasons. With Zeller potentially stealing some minutes at center, Howard's not guaranteed to replicate last seasons numbers and he's also a brutal free-throw shooter. Those factors make Howard's Fantasy value tough to predict, though he's still going to be a double-double threat and a better-than-average rim protector who rebounds at one of the best rates in the NBA.
Howard finished with 20 points (8-12 FG, 4-8 FT), 15 rebounds and one block across 33 minutes during Friday's 109-91 win over the Hawks. Howard took it to his former team Friday. He's recorded 15 rebounds in each of his first two games, though that's not too surprising considering he averaged 12.7 boards per game last season.
Howard tallied 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT), 15 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 31 minutes during Wednesday's 102-90 loss to the Pistons. Though it was a relatively normal game for Howard, it's encouraging to see him get off to a good start with his new team, especially against a great rebounder in Andre Drummond. He recorded 17 games with at least 15 rebounds last season, so it's fair to expect more of this kind of effort from Howard periodically throughout the season.
Howard scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 FT) while adding six rebounds and four steals in 23 minutes during Monday's preseason loss to the Heat. The veteran big man continues to enjoy a solid preseason as he prepares to suit up for his fifth team in the last seven seasons. Howard could see more usage in Charlotte than he did with Atlanta or Houston, particularly with Nic Batum (elbow) sidelined, but it's still unlikely the 31-year-old will be able to return to the 20 PPG level he last reached in 2011-12 with Orlando.
Howard finished with 12 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 11 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and five turnovers across 23 minutes during Wednesday's 108-106 victory over the Pistons. While Howard's counting stats look good at first, his five turnovers certainly dampened his fantasy impact. In fact, across the team's two preseason affairs, Howard has racked up 11 turnovers across 46 total minutes. It seems likely he'll clear that up, but it is somewhat concerning. Over than that, however, he's totaled a solid 19 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks across two preseason affairs.
Howard posted seven points (2-6 FG, 3-8 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes Monday in a preseason matchup with the Celtics. Howard got the start in his first action as a Hornet after being traded this offseason. The fourteen-year veteran, who was fifth in the league with 12.7 rebounds per game last year, showed no signs of slowing down on the glass, a trend that should continue as he is expected to be the regular season starter at center.
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