Golden State Warriors: Pros and Cons of Pursuing Dwight Howard

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Pro: Howard has been healthy most of his career

Apr 28, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forward Aron Baynes (16) gets an elbow in the throat from Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) during 1st half action in game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Despite injuries, Howard played 76 regular season games for the Lakers, which is 92.6 percent of the possible 82.  In terms of games played, 2011-12 was Howard’s worst season. He played 54 of 66 regular season games, which is about 81 percent.

In seven other career seasons, he has played a greater percentage, including a full 82 games five times. Recent issues included, Howard is far less of a health issue than Andrew Bogut.

Also worth mentioning is that despite health issues, Howard was not as bad this year as many portrayed him to be.  After a discouraging start, he regained something resembling his typical form over the course of the season.