In his final season in the NBA, Dwight Howard averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game while shooting 61.2% from the field and 53.3% from three. He would start in 27 of the 60 games that he would play in for the Los Angeles Lakers.
After the 2021-22 season, Howard would go unsigned and he spent the 2022-23 season playing for Taoyuan L. While the level of competition in China pales in comparison to the NBA, Howard dominated the Taiwanese league. He would average an outstanding 23.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 57.7% from two and 22.9% from three.
While he had a shaky season from beyond the three-point line, Howard would dominate every other facet of the game. It is clear that he still can play at an NBA level if he is given the opportunity. While he is far from the three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner, that he once was, he is still an elite interior defender that could really help out a contending team on a minimum contract.
With Howard set to turn 38 years old in the 2023-24 season, there is a slim chance that an NBA team takes a chance on him. However, if he does get the opportunity to once again play in the top professional basketball league in the world, he is very unlikely to disappoint whatever team takes a chance on him.
Even if he is unable to play a huge role on the court, Howard could serve as an incredible veteran leader. He has accomplished almost everything that an NBA player can. In his 18 years in the league, he has made eight All-Star appearances, eight All-NBA appearances, five All-Defensive team appearances, led the league in rebounds five times, led the league in blocks twice, brought home three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and was a huge contributor on the Los Angeles Lakers. With all of this experience, he would be an incredible veteran piece to serve as a mentor on teams like the San Antonio Spurs or Memphis Grizzlies.
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