Key Additions: Dwight Howard, Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Omir Casspi, Reggie Williams, Marcus Camby, and Ronnie Brewer
Key Departures: Aaron Brooks, Carlos Delfino, Francisco Garcia, and Thomas Robinson
Orlando with the coaching staff and ownership to his inability to mesh with Kobe and the Lakers and his problems with Mike D'Antoni, Howard has caused problems over the last few years. On the court Howard has battled injuries and ineffective play. His free throw shooting has always been an assume and his need for set up touches under the basket was simply destined for failure in Los Angeles. Kobe needed the ball in his own hands to operate as a scorer and in what was some semblance of D'Antoni's fast paced offense, slowing the game down while Howard attempted to break his opponent down on the block, was just not going to work.
Houston should be just the fresh start Howard needs as he has had time to get back to full health as well as an excellent supporting cast which includes one of the best young stars in the game in James Harden. Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, Dwight Howard, and James Harden look to compose one of the better scoring offenses in the game. Even without the addition of Howard this was a team which put up tons of points. Bringing in Howard will help the defense as well as what should be the further development of Parsons who has the tools to be an above average defender with his length on the perimeter. If Howard and Omar Asik are able to play on the court at the same time those two tall trees in the middle will make any sort of scoring at the rim extremely difficult. This is a team which is going to score some serious points and that will take you a long way but for them to make a serious run at a title, which is where their expectations are, they will have to prove themselves on the defensive end of the floor.