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Dwight Howard free agency: 3 reasons he’s a good fit for Warriors

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard will be a free agent this offseason. Like last offseason, the Golden State Warriors are once again linked to the All-NBA center.

It’s a huge long shot, but it’s worth pondering how his addition to the team could help a young team with a bright future. While he’s also expressed interest in re-signing with the Lakers or joining the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Atlanta Hawks, the Warriors might just provide him with the best scenario to win now. Aside from that observation, there are several reasons why he could fit in well with the Warriors.

1. He’d help create one of the best starting lineups in the league

The only way the Warriors could acquire Howard is via sign and trade. Assuming it’s done with the Lakers, which is a long shot in and of itself considering their rival status, the Warriors would have to part with some combination of Andrew Bogut, David Lee, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes. Even after parting with some valuable pieces, the Warriors would still have a very formidable starting lineup featuring Howard, Stephen Curry and the remaining players not traded.

While the Warriors look good and can do without the acquisition of Howard and the star power accompanying him, they would also become an even more dangerous team with his presence. Assuming he could return to dominant form, Howard plus Curry plus others would create a tantalizing team.

2. He’s an elite interior presence that in turn helps the offense

While Bogut has showcased how he can be a game changer in the paint, Howard would be another notch above the current Warriors center. An athletic, younger big man that always draws a crowd in the post, his presence would help outside shooters like Curry with even more open shots.

3. Mark Jackson can rein Howard’s ego

A “player’s coach” unlike Stan Van Gundy and Mike D’Antoni, Jackson’s background as a preacher and motivator could be the personality best fit for Howard. While adding a player like Howard could add to chemistry concerns, Jackson has already done the unthinkable by changing the Warriors’ philosophy into that of a defensive-minded team. If any coach could bring the best of out of Howard, it could be Jackson.

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Austin Chang

Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.