Dwight Howard May Be the Steal of the Summer for the Lakers

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The Lakers' signing of Dwight Howard over the summer was largely considered a negative by the media and fans all over the city.

He was once seen as the best center in the league, but his declining play, along with off-the-court issues, created the feeling he wasn't worth bringing in.

But, to almost everyone's shock, Howard has actually looked like a great pickup by Los Angeles so far. He just had his best game with them against the Hornets on Friday, showing flashes of what made him so dominant with the Magic a few years ago.

He's playing like someone who most definitely has something left in the tank.

He's giving the Lakers exactly what they need right now, which is a solid paint presence who hustles every second he's out there without demanding for the ball.

The real test for Howard's character is still ahead, however. Kyle Kuzma will return to the lineup soon, decreasing the big man's minutes. His reaction to this more limited role will determine whether or not he can be a positive force for this team moving forward. So far, though, things are