With Kevin Durant going down for the earlier part of the season, the Most Valuable Player award will likely not be retained by the Oklahoma City Thunder forward. LeBron James is the favorite to win a fifth MVP award.
But former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon thinks a CURRENT Houston Rocket is poised to win it.
At least one former MVP doesn’t think it should have taken a broken bone in Kevin Durant’s foot to throw the 2015 MVP race wide open.
According to Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard was already prepared to kick the door down.
“He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who won the award in 1994 when he led the Rockets to the first of their back-to-back championships. “Now it’s about having the attitude to go out every night and dominate.”
I disagree with Hakeem. If Howard can take the Rockets to a Top 3 seed (it may even have to be Top 2), then he has a good chance of winning it. But there are guys like Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, and even Derrick Rose that are chomping at the bit. Plus Howard needs to step it up at the offensive side a bit more.
Dwight did mention that he is feeling better physically and mentally. Let’s see what kind of Dwight Howard we’re going to get this coming season.
Dwight Howard picture courtesy of Getty Images.