We all heard about it. Dwight Howard officially made his decision today, choosing to sign with the Houston Rockets. He has plenty of time to rethink his decision, which isn’t good because he’s Dwight, but is still a sign of commitment. This puts the Rockets up there with some of the better teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, who eliminated them in the first round of the playoffs. The Rockets now have the pieces needed to compete for a championship with James Harden and Howard at the post.
The other big free agency signing that happened on Friday was the Warriors, bagging Andre Iguodala. Yes, the Dubs have reportedly signed Iguodala to a four year, 48 million dollar contract. He is that final piece that the Warriors need. The “swiss army knife” that can really do it all. He’s a mini LeBron James, in a sense that he can rebound, score, and pass the basketball. That highly benefits Stephen Curry.
With that being said, these are three teams that have gotten better in the offseason, which is so early. These teams have the general managers that know what it takes to get the job done and make their team better, which is what the offseason is actually over.
1. Golden State Warriors:
The Warriors lacked a closer in the final minutes of playoff games. Iguodala is now that guy. The Warriors also lacked two clutch defenders, Klay Thompson being the only one. Andre Iguodala is that other guy. The Warriors, not that they’ve released the rights to Jarrett Jack, need a guy who can handle the ball, not named Curry. Andre Iguodala is that guy.
He knows how to finish games, and has a ton of playoff experience. With a young, bright team like the Warriors, this is exactly what they’re looking for. This was one of the best moves of the offseason for the Warriors, and although they didn’t acquire Howard, their future is looking pretty bright to me.
2. Houston Rockets:
Nobody is sure what the Rockets are going to do to clear space for Howard, whether it’s trading Jeremy Lin or Omer Asik, but the acquisition of Howard has already the Rockets that much better. Pairing Harden with Howard will be a deadly duo, perhaps more deadly than Iguodala and Curry.
Speculation is that Rockets could finish at the first seed, but of course, the Thunder are there, the Spurs are still there, and the Lakers, despite popular belief may actually be in the playoffs because Kobe Bryant will be healthy. The Rockets will be one of the better teams in the NBA, but because the Western Conference is so dangerous and deadly, it makes it hard for them to really make a statement. Plus, Howard may have been the cause of the Lakers nearly missing the playoffs.
3. Charlotte Bobcats:
Stop laughing. No seriously. The Bobcats have had one of the most productive offseason, drafting Cody Zeller, and signing one of the best centers in the NBA in Al Jefferson. The Bobcats have a scary starting lineup on paper, with Kemba Walker running the entire team. They may actually finish in the 9th or 10th seed. Doesn’t sound good to them, but to Michael Jordan, anything better than their past two seasons would be.