Originally Posted by tontoz
Why do you think those guys had all those open 3s? How have those guys done without Howard?
It was largely because of the system in place (Rashard Lewis, starting PF, camping on the perimeter taking literally 7 three's a game). The Magic played outside-in as much as they played inside-out. In the playoffs that season, Howard was their best player, yet he took the 4th most shots on his team (behind Rashard, Turk, and Alston).
You look at, say, prime Duncan and prime Shaq and they were never that low on their teams offensive totem pole in terms of volume of shots. They were at times surrounded by three point shooters just like Howard, but they were also head-and-shoulder better shot creators out of the post and picking apart defenses using their skills.
Howard's usage-% was 26.1 in the RS and dropped to a fairly low 23.3 in the playoffs as the scoring evened out (Turk, Rashard, Alston, Pietrus all had some big games, as did Howard).