Washington Wizards big man Dwight Howard looks to make his team debut this Friday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Or at least that’s the hope, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Wizards center Dwight Howard is planning to make his season debut in Washington on Friday against OKC — allowing the team to view roster with an important starter in lineup.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2018
The team has gotten off to a historically bad start (1-6). And, reports have surfaced as to whether or not head coach Scott Brooks is on the hot seat. He might be. In fact, he probably should be. But there’s plenty of talent on this team. So, we’ll see if they can turn it around within the next couple of weeks. And with Howard’s potential debut coming Friday, a much-needed defensive boost could help them emerge from the hole they’ve dug themselves into.
The 1-6 Wizards are in last place in the Eastern Conference. So far, they’ve been trying to plug Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith into the hole Howard has left. Due to a muscle injury in his buttocks, he hasn’t played in a single game thus far. He last played while playing for the Charlotte Hornets and Brooklyn Nets before signing a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards.
If the Wizards can get their three-time Defensive Player of the Year back into form, then maybe they can turn around their season. Especially on defense, given that Howard has averaged a double-double every season since entering the league 15 years ago.