Dwight Howard’s former Magic teammate Jameer Nelson on Dwight-to-Lakers rumors
Dwight Howard’s former Orlando Magic teammate, Jameer Nelson, believes Howard would be a great fit on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers are reportedly interested in adding Howard after they lost DeMarcus Cousins to an ACL tear:
With ego aside, I think @dwighthoward would be a great fit for the @Lakers. He’ll still be one of the strongest players in the @NBA, can hit the glass/rim protect, and would have great leaders on the bench and on the floor. This is his last shot and I wouldn’t bet against him.
— Jameer Nelson (@jameernelson) August 19, 2019
Dwight Howard played one season with the Lakers back in 2012-13. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds in 76 regular-season games while shooting 57.8 percent from the field.
Howard dealt with back and shoulder issues during his one season with the Lakers. The eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year had back surgery in April 2012 when he was still a member of the Magic.
The Lakers got swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. Kobe Bryant didn’t play, as he tore his Achilles near the end of the regular season. Howard signed with the Houston Rockets that summer, ending his one year run in Los Angeles.
Howard, who has seen his star status in the league dwindle since his days with the Magic ended, played in nine games last season with the Washington Wizards. He put up 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game before undergoing a lumbar microdiscectomy in November.