Do The Brooklyn Nets Need Dwight Howard?
The Brooklyn Nets are already off to a good start with a core that looks like it will rival some of the Eastern Conference powerhouses. With versatile swingman Gerald Wallace resigning, the acquisition of Joe Johnson, and point guard Deron Williams deciding to stay in Brooklyn, there appears to be only one piece left for the Nets to acquire before they become one of the scariest teams to deal with next season.
But do they really need Dwight Howard?
When you look at it without really analyzing the situation, Dwight Howard to Brooklyn appears to be a no brainer. But when you take into consideration what the Nets would have to give up and what they will have left, you have to wonder just how much better the Nets will really be.
In order to acquire Howard, the Nets will have to give up Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and 1st round draft picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017. That’s a lot to give up for Howard who just came off back surgery. Sure, Howard is a superstar in this league, but dumping Lopez’s 17 and 7.5 career numbers, Humphries coming off a 14 & 11 season, and Brooks rookie season that saw him average 13 points is quite a bit. Factoring in three first round draft picks could also be mortgaging their future in the process.
If the Nets acquire Howard, they will have a starting five of Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Howard and either Reggie Evans or Mirza Teletovic. Not bad. But that bench is in a world of trouble. Gerald Green? Who else is left? Sundiata Gains? That bench is about to be extremely thin. God forbid that anyone get injured and then you are in a ton of trouble.
If they were to keep what they currently have, a starting five of Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Humphries and Lopez with Sheldon Williams and MarShon Brooks coming off of the bench isn’t bad at all. Looking toward the future, keeping those draft picks could also go a long way. Perhaps play the season out and try and work out a sign and trade with Orlando mid-season or at the end of the season when Howard ruffles some more feathers and the Magic can’t wait to unload him.
Okay, okay, obviously the Nets should acquire Howard if they plan on winning now and worry about the role players later. But even with Howard, the Heat are still the team to beat – especially if they find a way to land Ray Allen. I don’t care who the Nets get, they still have to function as a unit and that will certainly take a season to do so.
But if it’s worth it, go ahead and mortgage the future today and say f*ck it tomorrow. I just say proceed with caution.