When the Houston Rockets added superstar center, Dwight Howard, during the off season, they instantly boosted their stock as a contender out west, but they also managed to give themselves somewhat of a logjam at the center position, as the Rockets had already inked restricted free agent center, Omer Asik, just a season prior. Asik started all 82-games for the Rockets last season, raking in averages of 10+ ppg and 11+ rebounds in 30 minutes a night.
Reports that the Rockets would try and deal Asik quickly became the talk of the town, but the Rockets have yet to make any deals involving the defensive specialist, and rumors swirling from within the club would suggest that Houston has no intentions to. Instead, general manager, Daryl Morey has went on record to say that they’d go big and play both Howard and Asik simultaneously. This would make the Rockets a defensive nightmare, but how would Dwight Howard take to playing power forward? The three-time defensive player of the year says that playing power forward is “no conflict”.
“There is no need to adjust. I have been playing basketball for my whole life. I started it up playing a point guard,” Dwight said.
“I think it can make our team tougher. We need [me] being as a power forward some games and Asik being a center. We will have a big lineup, and it will be tough for teams to truly score,” the 27-year-old center said. “You have two guys to play great defense in the paint. So I think it is positive, and it is no conflict,” Howard added.
Howard’s season in Los Angeles seemed to be more of a way out of Orlando, and less of a long term fix for the star center. Howard never really seemed all in with the Lakers, and his inevitable departure from Hollywood didn’t really seem to surprise anyone. Howard looks focused, healthy and committed to the Rockets, and with young stud like James Harden, Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik in the mix, The Rockets already look like a strong favorite in the west in 2013-14.
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