BREAKING: Howard signs with Houston Rockets...
posted Jun 30 2013, 11:53PM
posted in NBA, News

The Houston Rockets have finally landed the superstar they have been coveting for so long. The Rockets shed the salaries of Carlos Delfino and Aaron Brooks to save $5.5 million, and enough to sign the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Superstar center Dwight Howard will be signing with the Houston Rockets, according to IBN sources. The deal for the seven-time All-Star is done, and Howard will be patrolling the paint with a bevy of great shooters around him (sound familiar?).

Howard took the Orlando Magic to the Finals with a team that was constructed very similarly to this Rocket team. In Orlando, Howard patrolled the paint. The Magic defense was predicated on funneling all of the action to their star big man, and on offense Howard presence down low created great looks for his sharp shooting teammates. 

The Magic surrounded their All-Star center with great 3-point shooters such as Rashard LewisJ.J. RedickHedu Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson who all capitalized on the looks Howard produced for them. The Magic averaged 10 made 3-pointers a game, while shooting an outstanding 38.1 percent in route to an NBA Finals appearance in 2009, and Howard will have a great chance to replicate that kind of success with his new team.

A fresh start and a young nucleus with great shooters, is just what Howard has been seeking since being traded from Orlando before last season. Howard will be pairing up with fellow superstar James Harden to form a lethal inside-outside combo, if not the best in the NBA.

Howard's new teammates will be able to benefit greatly from the attention the 27-year-old big man will command from opposing defenses, leading to a lot of open 3-point shots, which is a very scary proposition considering the Rockets led the league in 3-point baskets last season with a whopping 11.7 made per game. That number is likely to increase next year, as is, the team's efficiency behind the arc. Houston only connected on 36.6 percent of their 3-point attempts last season, which is only going to increase with the acquisition of the big man in the middle. 

Howard's addition makes the Rockets, who were very dangerous last season, a real contender in the loaded Western Conference. Howard will be joining a team in '13-'14 (Houston) who finished the year with the same record as the team he played for in '12-'13 (Los Angeles) at 45-37. 

Howard spent last season in Los Angeles, and things just never seemed to go right. Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds last season, which were his lowest totals since 2007. Between coming off back surgery, meshing with new teammates (you know who I'm talking about) and playing in a new system were too much for Howard to experience the type of success fans are accustomed to seeing from the athletic big man.

The signing of Howard will have Rockets shooters giddy at the thought of playing alongside a dominate force in the paint. Harden, Jeremy Lin (If he's still around) and Chandler Parsons are licking their chops to start the season.

The dog and pony show by ESPN/YAHOO etc... can now stop and we all can move on with our lives now.

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Kayvon Padidar
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