Video Analysis: Dwight Howard's Block Party | Magic Basketball

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Apr 21

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Block Party

As you may have heard by now, yesterday, Dwight Howard was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year for a second consecutive season. By winning the award in back-to-back years, Howard joined the likes of Sidney Moncrief, Dennis Rodman, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, and Ben Wallace as players that have accomplished the feat. It’s appropriate, actually, that Howard was honored days after amassing nine blocks against the Charlotte Bobcats in Game 1 because that performance exemplifies the enormous defensive impact he has been able to make for the Orlando Magic the past two seasons.

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8 comments
Ben Lee
Ben Lee

I'd rather go for the russells.

Meaning I'd go Blocking Shots (plus Intimidate) and create possessions for your own team than Block shots (and intimidate) and create new possessions against your opponents.

Dwight is growing man. If he's be blocking like that, he'll make his teams better. =)

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@malars

It's pretty hard to fully quantify what type of effect Howard has on the other team when he spikes a basketball into the stands but clearly it makes players think twice. I say fully because it is possible to quantify the new possessions that are created by Howard for opponents when he blocks shots out-of-bounds but not the intimidation factor, for example.

malars
malars

@Benk
Dwight still does his share of blocking it into the stands, but I think that when he does it, it is on purpose and a message to the other team. He has gotten smarter about keeping the ball inbounds as he his career has progressed.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Benk

Statheads like to call what you astutely described 'Russells' ...

Benk
Benk

The best thing about Howard that people don't mention enough is he gets the ball! The Magic gain posession on 8 of his 9 blocks! Earlier in his career he would swat the ball into the stands. Now he either spikes it to a teammate or lightly hits it up in the air where he retrieves it most of the time. Compare to athletic 'get it out of here' blockers like Josh Smith and Serge Ibaka. Howard has clearly been talking to Bill Russell.

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera

@Ben

Yeah, it was. Howard got lucky he wasn't called for goaltending.

Ben
Ben

That "7th block" was clearly goaltending.