What if Iron Man and Batman were buddies? What if my cats didn’t fight all the time? What if I was just a little bit taller? And as long as I am thinking about things that would just make life better what if the Golden State Warriors added Dwight Howard to their young, exciting, and now ESPN and TNT approved roster?
According to RealGM and Slam, prized Free Agent and one-man play Dwight Howard is reputedly adding the Golden State Warriors to his list of possible destinations. That the Warriors even made it to the hypothetical conversation speaks volumes for how far the franchise has come in the course of a single season. The last free agent I remember even considering Golden State was probably Drew Gooden. Maybe Josh Howard. Suffice it to say, not exactly the cream of the crop. Sadly, this wonderful scenario seems unlikely for many reasons, not the least of which is the almost zero flexibility the Warriors have against the salary cap and the proven and objective fact that the Lakers get what they want when they want it.
But on the other hand, this is the kind of fan-fiction type move that should have both diehard hoopsters and casual fans salivating, assuming Dwight regains his standing as the league’s foremost game-changing big man. The addition of a big with the proven dominance of Howard would change everything for the Warriors, who have tethered their hopes to a gritty but often broken Andrew Bogut and the resilience of the undersized tandem of Draymond Green and Carl Landry. Mark Jackson would be wise to employ a sort of four-out strategy that Stan Van Gundy pulverized the league with for a few years, four shooters and a prowling leviathan. I daresay Stephen Curry might even be an upgrade from Jameer Nelson.
Still, for the Warriors to have even a shot at signing Dwight they would have to clean house and probably exile David Lee to some rebuilding team in need of a pleasant demeanor and frequent double-doubles. Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, and Andrew Bogut also all make more than they probably should at this stage in their careers, but they would all be hard-sells for different reasons. In short, this is leverage and the Lakers will double-down on their attempts to re-sign Dwight to keep him from the grubby hands of the upstart Warriors (a division rival) who are so clearly missing exactly what the All-Star center brings to the table. The Warriors will continue to gamble with their platoon of flawed bigs and the curse of the Lakers 2012-13 season will begin to recede. The Warriors could conceivably trot out a starting line-up of Stephen Curry, Brandon Rush, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and Dwight Howard and while purists might not like the lack of size or the fairly high possibility of complete playoff implosion, artists must surely appreciate the dream of beautiful punishment that team could mete out on a nightly basis.
But hey, as long as they are dreaming, the Warriors should probably go out and get Josh Smith also.
Tags: Andrew Bogut Brandon Rush Carl Landy Draymond Green Drew Gooden Dwight Howard Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes Josh Howard Klay Thompson Los Angeles Lakers NBA Playoffs Orlando Magic Richard Jefferson Stan Van Gundy Stephen Curry