Not that Howard, 22, wasn't an impact player his first three seasons, but he has generated early MVP buzz in 2007-08. The No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft is threatening to join Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo as the only players to average at least 20 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks in a season.
Text: Brad Weinstein
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