I keep hearing Internet chatter about Dwight Howard's post moves or ineffectiveness of his repertoire of post moves.
Does Dwight really need to spend the off season working on Post moves or should he work on a jump shot? I contend that last night's Game 3 between the Suns and the Lakers, Phoenix F/C Amare Stoudemire is exhibit A. Amare has long been known to have an offensive game and aggression but not a defensive presence of note. Amare is able to drive to the hoop with little resistance based on a few factors. The Magic employ some of these factors. Amare can drive to the hoop because he is surrounded by three point shooters (except when Robin Lopez is on the floor) which creates spacing, the Magic employ this strategy as well. Amare can get to the rim more often because he is not only a threat from 5 ft, but he is a threat from 15 to 18 ft as well. Granted, Amare does not have the shooting percentage Dwight does, but then again, Amare is taking more shots per game than Dwight and is more of an offensive threat than Dwight because of it. Amare can put his team on his back without barrelling into the paint, something Dwight does not do at this present moment. Patrick Ewing, Dwight's current mentor, was able to hit from 15 ft out, he was able to carry his team. Dwight is a better defender than Patrick, but Patrick was a better overall center than Dwight presently is, and the main difference is the jump shot.
Which Dwight does have but he doesn't use. (after the jump)Dwight has said that he's been working on it, and he even used it a bit in the season, but he doesn't like lowering his FG%. Who cares if you shoot below 60% for the season, as long as you're still above 45% and scoring more and able to carry your team offensively too, do you think that shooting percentage will matter at the end of the day? No. What matters is did you win. Did you do all you could both defensively and offensively to win? Right now, I have to say no, because there's a big part of D-Howard's game that is being left unused, and it limits the rest of his offensive game.
So does Dwight need to work on Post moves? Maybe, but if he had a jumper, he used, it would open his post game up, and his quickness over players like Kendrick Perkins, and his strength over players like, Zaza Pachulia and Al Horford.
Imagine, if DH12 took about 3 to 5 jump shots a game, let's say he hits 1 to 3. At 1, he's probably not pulling his defender out far enough to use his speed yet, but he is opening up the weak side offensive rebound. At 3 he's got his defender in a quandary, and he can abuse the defense because of his height, strength, and quickness. He can hit the shot, drive to the hole, drive and draw a foul, hit a cutter, pass to an open 3 pointer, or miss the shot with a suddenly not so crowded paint for, let's say, Barnes, Bass, Anderson, Carter, or Lewis (sometimes Gortat) to more easily grab the rebound.
if Dwight can add that shot, and make his free throw at 70% or more, hello 25+ point scorer and offensive load carrier. He can do it, but does he have the faith in himself to do it.