So basically what you're saying is: Dwight is better than Drew, Dwight could be a beast, our starters suck, our bench suck, our coach suck, and if Dwight doesn't re-sign this summer everything will suck. Correct?
Don't let your hate for our season's performance cloud what Dwight Howard can do for a team.
1) Dwight needs a system as much as Drew (and any other center) needs one. Dwight's best came when he had a team built around him? Drew's best season (and only all-star season) came when we ran the "four out, one in" offense that features centers.
Lucky for Drew, he was also being spoon-fed by Kobe Bryant.
If Dwight had Kobe Bryant on his team in 2009, the Orlando Magic would have won it all.
2) Drew has 2-3 more go-to moves in the post. We already knew that. Does no good, though, if one is a drop-step in the other direction, and the other is basically a jumper. Drew didn't pass out of the post, and he wasn't an excellent P&R player. Those are the differences that make up for those extra post moves that Dwight doesn't have.
Dwight was the best P&R finisher last season...with Jameer Nelson as his PG.
3) No contest, defensively. I won't even entertain the discussion. Even an 85% Howard is better, on defense, than Bynum. The rare defensive stands that Bynum did have, like his 10 blocks in the playoffs, were negated by the surrounding bad performances on that end of the court, in games before and after. If you aren't consistently good on defense, you're not an "above average" defender.
4) Bynum has done absolutely NOTHING as a primary scoring option, and he failed as a second scoring option...to the point where an injured Bryant had to attempt to carry the team through the last two seasons. Let's go ahead and mention that this was the Drew that many thought would STAY healthy.
5) The Lakers' struggles, being pinned on Howard, remind me of the Lakers' struggles being pinned on Kobe, post-Shaq and pre-Gasol. Sure, we didn't have a good team back then, but truthfully, we don't have a good TEAM right now. We don't have a defensive strategy, we don't have an offensive strategy, we don't have defense at multiple positions in the five, hardly any at all out of the five...and we don't have an aggressive PG despite his shooting percentages, don't have a willing P&R PG/C combo for whatever reason (maybe they hate each other). We don't have a good coach. We don't have good assistant coaches. We have a much-slower defender who still thinks he should be featured in an NBA offense, who stands at the three and shoots anywhere from 8-15 times a night, no matter his FG%.
Everything I've said, since October...well, this is it: you can't select an offense that features just ONE player, on a team with two superstars (Kobe and Dwight), a PG who has to have the ball in his hands (Nash), and a PF who has to have the ball in his hands to get the best out of him as a passing big (Gasol).
This team is constructed to be dominant in pick-up games, not NBA games. They don't have the shooters to open up the floor. They don't have defensive-minded players who don't have to take 10+ shots a night to matter. They don't have a bench player that is a top five candidate for sixth man of the year.
So, when you take a step back and start blaming all of this on Dwight, go ahead and look at how this team will be constructed without him, if he decides to leave this summer. Then, let me know what your projected W/L will be for the 2014 Lakers.
While you decide on that, you might as well give me the number of remaining games left in Kobe's career, once we lose Dwight. Over/under 118.
Seriously, this is not news. What i dont understand is why you on one hand talk about how good Dwight Howard could be and on the other hand talk about how much our team sucks and how bad things will get if he leaves. If we are so bad, why on earth would Dwight even consider for a second to resign and if ownership knew this why would they keep him around?