Dwight is a 57-60% FG post player who can give your team 20+ points and 10+ rebounds on any given night, who commands double teams anytime he's near the rim with the ball. He has had multiple seasons of 10+ FTA/G.
You question his offensive abilities, but ask Golden State how scary he is on that end of the floor; that's the team that had to send him to the line for an NBA-record 39 free throws.
And no, Gasol didn't lead a team to the Finals. The furthest he led a team was to a first-round sweep.
Let's not confuse a primary scoring option in Orlando (Dwight Howard) to a secondary scoring option in Los Angeles (Pau Gasol). The roles were completely different.
Orlando's shooters (basically anyone not named Dwight) relied heavily on Howard's ability to draw doubles in the post.
Pau Gasol relied heavily on Kobe's ability to draw doubles outside of it.
If having more post moves makes you a better offensive player, then Carlos Boozer is a better offensive player than Shaq (and so are many others, according to that failed logic).
Yeah, it's not fun winning 45 games and losing in the first round. Doesn't mean we should have put Kobe on blast for winning 45 and 42, and losing to Phoenix twice in the first round, when he was out there with Odom.
This year, Howard averaged 17 PPG, 12 RPG, 57.8% FG.How many other 17/12/57% seasons have we seen?Howard (12-13)Howard (11-12)Howard (10-11)Howard (09-10)Howard (08-09)Howard (07-08)Howard (06-07)O'Neal (00-01)O'Neal (99-00)O'Neal (93-94)Barkley (88-89)Parish (88-89)Barkley (86-87)Barkley (85-86)Kareem makes the list four times, Wilt makes it three. I'll stop there. Howard is the only player to do it since Shaq in the 2001 season.He deserves a max deal.
Yes, if we want any further evidence how much Kobe helped Pau all you have to do is look no further than this series.
Look at Pau Gasol's field goal percentage in the last few games(including playoff games) without Kobe drawing attention. There's a reason he can't do anything. Pau Gasol isn't leading a team anywhere.