After the All-Star break, Howard has played like a completely different player. He has posted a rather mediocre 15.5 points per game, but his 14.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks are well above his season average (16.2 points, 12.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks).
Howard and teammate Kobe Bryant may not be getting closer, but the center is certainly becoming more comfortable in the paint in Los Angeles. Howard has finally learned his role in the offense and couldn’t be playing better right now. Howard has once again become the most dangerous post player in the game.
People have been hating on Howard all year long, but those critics have obviously not had the pleasure of owning the seven-time NBA All-Star. He is still the best big man in all of fantasy basketball and should be respected. After all, there are not many fantasy bigs that have the skill to score 20 points in a game to go along with a jaw-dropping 20 boards.
Howard is still a first round fantasy pick, and if anything will be undervalued heading into the 2013 season. Don’t let anyone deter you from drafting Howard next year, because we recently found out that even Kobe can’t be Kryptonite to Superman.