2016 NBA Trade Gettables: Dwight Howard

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Contract Remaining

  • 2015-16 – $22.34 million1
  • 2016-17 – $23.28 million (Player Option)
  • 2017-18 – UFA

2015-16 Stats as of 12/25/15

Season Age G MP FG FGA FG% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2015-16 30 24 31.8 4.9 8.4 .587 .587 3.1 6.1 .507 3.8 7.7 11.5 1.5 1.0 1.8 2.7 3.6 12.9
Career 833 35.5 6.4 11.1 .580 .580 5.1 9.0 .571 3.5 9.2 12.7 1.5 1.0 2.1 3.1 3.3 18.0
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/25/2015

Possible Destinations

  • Chicago Bulls
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Atlanta Hawks

Breakdown

The heights of Dwight Howard may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean Howard hasn’t been good this season. Yes, the truly elite athleticism is probably gone, though taking a step back from his previous heights still leaves him among the more athletic centers. Yes, the post-game was always overrated and has taken a dip with a dip in his athleticism. Yes, the defense also relied on athleticism a bit and has faded some.

BUT, this is still a top-tier center in the NBA in the short-term. Is a $20+ million contract after this season worth it? Probably not, but trading for him now might be the big move that one of these teams needs.

Despite showing just 12.9 ppg this season, it’s important to remember that he’s below 20% usage for the first since his rookie year and is down about five percentage points from his previous norms. Howard’s PER is certainly lower than normal at 18.4 but that’s still a respectable number when paired with quality defense.

It’s a very high upside, short-term move. But it’s also one of the riskiest potential moves any team could make.

Trade Gettables Series

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  1. per Spotrac 

About the author: Colby Rogers

Colby is the Editor-in-Chief, Founder and Lead Contributor to Other League. Also a law student focusing on Labor & Employment law and intersections with law and sports. You can find him on Twitter via @Colby_OL.