The Dallas Mavericks are one franchise that has a limited window of opportunity as the teams best player, Dirk Nowitzki, is entering the final year or two of his career. With such a short time to make things happen, Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban will need to attract a star player or two this summer to give his franchise their best shot at success.
Yard Barker took a look at the best players available this summer and suggested Dwight Howard could be the answer. The veteran center is expected to opt-out of his deal with the Houston Rockets and look for a new team.
Jason Terry has played the last two years with the former first round pick and told reporters the big man would be a great fit in Dallas and make the team a contender for a championship, despite the seven-footer coming off the worst year of his carer since his rookie season with Orlando.
Howard averaged 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game this past season with the Rockets and while those numbers aren’t great, a closer look shows they are not as bad as advertised. The 30-year-old had his best shooting percentage since entering the NBA and his limited role in the teams offensive scheme was a major factor in his scoring average.
There’s no doubt a move would increase those numbers and playing for a team like the Mavericks could have Dwight Howard back in talks as the top center in the game. The veteran center still has plenty of great basketball ahead and with the right decision this summer, he could not only earn the money he wants, he could also find himself on a squad that could battle for a championship.