How will Dwight Howard recover after last year? Did he make the right choice in moving? How will he fit in with the Rockets? The NBA preseason started on Saturday and all of my questions were answered. Howard scored 19 and had 9 nine rebounds in a one point loss to the Pelicans. Despite the lost, you can see how Howard fits in with the team. Although he only had 9 rebounds, he led all players in that category. A total of 53% of shots were made, so there wasn't much to rebound. Last year, he shot an abysmal 49% from the line, a career low. This game, he was 7-11. Last year, on average, he shot nine free throws a game, making five. This game, he shot 64%. It's still not great, but it is a 15% improvement from last year.
His point guards, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverly, are both more than adequate which will help him. His backup, Beverley, is statistically almost the same as Nelson, his former point guard in Orlando, per 36 minutes, trailing by 2 points and 2 assists.
Now my next question is "Will the Rockets win the Western Conference?". They would have to get past the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, and the Los Angeles Clippers. I guess we''l have to wait and see.