Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni thinks center Dwight Howard is finally 100 percent after offseason back surgery.
Howard is also dealing with an ailing shoulder, although that hasn't seemed to bother him of late. Since the All-Star break, Howard is averaging 16.8 points, 14.7 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and more than one steal and one assist per game. Although his numbers have dipped slightly since Kobe Bryant (ankle) was sidelined, Howard has been noticeably more engaged and active on both ends of the court. Once Bryant returns, possibly as early as this weekend, we expect Howard's effectiveness on offense to return. He should be started in all lineups regardless of format.