Video Analysis: Dwight Howard's Offensive Performance Against the Miami Heat | Magic Basketball

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Nov 01

Video Analysis: Dwight Howard’s Offensive Performance Against the Miami Heat

While the Orlando Magic lick their wounds from the beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Miami Heat on Friday, it’s worth revisiting one of the few bright spots from that game. Dwight Howard‘s performance against the Heat, in which he looked more dominant than ever — as he should have been — against the likes of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Jamaal Magloire, is a development that’s worth keeping tabs on before the two rivals meet again in late November.

Want to see true growth on offense for Howard? Watch.

7 comments
Praefect
Praefect

"Show me a great low post player that consistently jumps off of one foot?"

Uh, Kareem. That was easy.

Swede
Swede

D12 needs to look at young Shaq. Show me a great low post player that consistently jumps off of one foot? I agree that he should just overpower people, but that's hard to do off of one foot. And Shaq was arguably the most dominant physical player ever and he pumpfaked plenty. It's tough to pumpfake when you picked the ball upp moving with a 1, 2 step.

rubthemtogether
rubthemtogether

I thought the Heat defenders were far too quick to play up on Howard's face-up jumpshot. I'd happily have him take that all night. If he starts making some, fine, then step out, but if you get Dwight to take a jumper, you're winning that battle

Praefect
Praefect

To James: You don't measure good moves in the post by how many uncontested looks you get. If he can consistently make moves to get himself in good position, then it doesn't matter that his defender "just" has trouble blocking him. Why shouldn't he use his strengths, i.e. his hops? Al Jefferson is much more of a low center-of-gravity player who doesn't have Dwight's ups, so it makes sense for him to use the pump-fake a lot. It doesn't for Dwight - when he pumps he just allows slower defenders to catch up with him, negating his speed advantage. As for fading away, you're right about that, but unfortunately he would have to completely rebuild his shooting form to have a decent fadeaway - his release point is way too low. But still, would you really want someone with that kind of athleticism falling in love with a fadeaway? Face it - he's not going to develop devastating leverage based moves when his center of gravity is so much higher than an Al Jefferson-type player. He has to use speed and hops, and his footwork needs to help him out in using those gifts.

James
James

I feel like the growth you claim to see is overstated. He's more effective on offense, yes, but that's because he's become more accurate with his hookshot and developed a midrange jumper.
In terms of having good low post moves, I don't see it. Every shot he took was contested, Big Z was just having a hard time blocking him. He still needs to learn how to pump fake so he can get around his defender for an open shot, the way Al Jefferson does. He also needs to learn how to fade away in the post the way Carlos Boozer does. He has improved, don't get me wrong, but until he learns those two things, he will never be the "dominant" player that the Magic need him to be.

Guest
Guest

Howard's performance was the single most encouraging sign of this season so far. He's actually developed some low post moves!