Dwight averaged 17/15 in march...
Ladies and gentleman, you just witnessed what is to come in the Dwight Era. No kobe. This was Dwight's opportunity to show us what our future looked like. We didn't win one game in the playoffs, not one. Heck we didn't even have a chance in any of them.
I would agree with you but it's very difficult to ignore the injury issues we had going into the playoffs, much less actually in the playoffs. No Kobe, Metta on one leg, and someone who I think was Steve Nash. Then you had Blake not playing very well, Jamison who was non-existent, Earl Clark still being inconsistent, etc.
It's very difficult to put it all on Dwight. Popovich knew he could focus his defensive game plan on Dwight and that's what he did. There were games Dwight should have played better but Popovich worried about no one on the Lakers except Dwight.
In the last 23 games of the season, Dwight scored 20 or more points 13 times. In 17 games he scored 15 or more points.
Don't get me wrong, Dwight needs work on his offensive game. If anyone expects him to average 25 a game in any season moving forward, I wouldn't count on that. He'll always be around 20-23 a game when he's healthy. He's not a dominant offensive center, but he's not a terrible offensive one either. The days of dominant centers are gone, once fans realize that it will be better.
Although he touched the ball a lot this year, he still didn't have many shot attempts total this year. He ended up with 813 FGA on the year. Kobe Bryant was the first on the team (and in the league) with 1595. Guess who was second on our team? Hint: it wasn't Dwight Howard........
Metta World Peace with 824 FGA.
Dwight Howard needs to be a 20/15 guy for us. That's it. In 2014, either add another scorer or a playmaking point guard that plays defense and we'll be solid. The key is to start adding in cheap pieces now because free agency is never a given. The ultimate prize is LeBron. Will that happen? I don't think so but its fun to think about because he's exactly what I said above, just rolled into a 6'8 frame.
Dwight needs a second guy with him and he'll get that eventually. It's not needed next year but in 2014, it will be necessary to get that other guy.