Stephen A. Smith Gets Crucified for Comparing Paul George to Dwight Howard

Peter Dewey
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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith caught some criticism for comparing Los Angeles Clippers star Paul George to Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.

Smith called Howard a “journeyman” and argued that he lost his stardom after he left the Orlando Magic. He said George became a journeyman after his decision to leave the Indiana Pacers.

“Remember Dwight Howard was the man in Orlando just like Paul George was the man in Indiana,” Smith said. “He wanted to leave. He goes to L.A. He ends up going to Houston, and then before long he’s a journeyman…because the star that he once was he was no more.”

NBA Twitter erupted, calling out Smith for his ill-advised comparison.

Even Howard’s current Lakers teammate Kyle Kuzma called Smith out for his words.

Howard has had a far more successful career compared to that of George in terms of accolades.

The big man has more All-Star appearances (eight) than George (six). In addition, Howard has been selected to five All-Defensive teams and George has been selected to just four.

In terms of All-NBA selections, Howard has eight on his resume to George’s five. That’s not even mentioning the fact that Howard was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year three times.

Howard’s stardom was ended by injuries, but he has found a valuable role this season with the Lakers. He averaged 7.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in a bench role during the regular season.

George, on the other hand, turned in a horrific 4-for-16 shooting performance in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs. His Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead to the Denver Nuggets and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

It seems that Smith missed the mark on this one.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.