Who is going to average more PPG this year??
Howard or Gasol
Howard. Nash is going to make things easier for everyone, but Howard will have a much better chance due to put backs and picknrolls.
He's the best P&R finisher in the league and Nash is the best P&R point guard in the league.
As long as he can stay healthy and Kobe doesn't get in the way, Howard should have a career year.
Definitely Dwight Howard. He can do what he does best, with Steve Nash feeding him the ball. Gasol will still have to step out and shoot mid-range jumpers all season long. It'll be Dwight.
I'm a little shocked that everyone tthings it's gonna be Howard in a landslide.. What do you think the numbers look like?
Personallu I think it looks like this:
Kobe -23 PPG
Nash - 9 PPPG
Dwight - 17 PPG
Gasol - 16 PPG
I think it will be Dwight but I think it will be much closer than people expect.. Think about this... Gasol is going to get close to the same amount of shots he got last year while Howard is going to get less than he is used to.. Can Howard score close to the same with less shots?
Gasol is a phenomenal passer for a big man, and I think Howard will benefit from both Nash and Pau.
I will also go with Howard.
I think it is more likely to be Pau than Dwight because Howard is coming off back surgery. Why play him 38-40 minutes per game when the team has Pau, Jamison, and even Hill or Sacre? It is far more important for him to be healthy in May. Then again, that theory didn't keep Mike Brown and Coach Kobe from running Bryant ragged in the regular season last year.
Howard should get the same or more shots this season.
For one, Kobe's shot attempts are coming down. He'll be taking 3 or 4 less shots per game. He needs to be in between 18-20 shots per game.
Nash doesn't really shoot that much anymore. He'll probably only shoot about 9-10 times per game. Sessions shot 9 times per game last season, so there's not really much difference there.
Gasol will get his 13-14 attempts and he should. The man shot 50% last season, playing in the high post majority of the time.
When you consider Bynum and Howard shot the same amount of times last season (13 per game), it's a no brainer that Howard will at least get that many. Then throw in the fact he's playing with Nash, the best P&R point guard in the NBA. When you have the best P&R point guard and P&R big man, shots go up... Not down.
I'm expecting Howard to have the best season of his career. He's never played with other great players like this or just played who can make the game easier for him.
Deadly, if Kobe averages 23 points per game Mike Brown needs to get fired. Kobe is "great" and the face of the Lakers, but Nash and Howard are also Hall of Famers. Both are currently more productiv on offense than Kobe. So is Gasol. Admittedly so was Bynum. But still. Mike Brown needs to grow a pair and tell Kobe that the first option is Nash pick and roll with Howard. Second option is Nash pick and pop with Gasol. Third option might start to include Kobe.
Seriously, pick and roll with Nash and Howard until the other team figures out a way to stop it. And there probably won't be a solution. Remember, Nash made Gortat look like an All-Star last year and Gortat was Howard's backup.
"if Kobe averages 23 points per game Mike Brown needs to get fired. Mike Brown needs to grow a pair and tell Kobe that the first option is Nash pick and roll with Howard. Second option is Nash pick and pop with Gasol. Third option might start to include Kobe."
...you don't know kobe...
I was about to say something to the effect of "Kobe runs LA, not Mike Brown.." If Brown tried to tell Kobe he was second to anyone, he would be fired immediately.. It's not the way it should be, players running coaches, but its the way it is..
It will be close in scoring for Howard and Gasol, but once they start the pick and roll defenses will be scrambling and not know where to go.. World Peace will have the record for the most wide open 3 point attempts