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Alonzo Mourning vs. Dwight Howard

who would you take in their prime and why?

Also, which of these 2 beasts is stronger?


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Howard by far to both

Howard by far to both questions, he was a much better rebounder and defender, offensively Zo a little more versatile but still probably not as good

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I'd take Howard. They both

I'd take Howard. They both have similar stats and effect on a game, with the slight edge to Howard in rebounding. While Howard is the better athlete, I think Zo is probably stronger though.

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tell you why zo

cause zo isnt a drama queen bytch zo is a warrior and the perfect team player busted his azz off every night on the court and was never a problem all the mess drama queen 12 did this year i aint havin it as for strenthg well zo doesnt have too sqat when he goes potty like drama queen 12 does i belive id have too take zo

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you also coudn't question

you also coudn't question Dwight Howard's effort and dedication on the floor as a player - it's a top notch!

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Zo

I think ill take Zo...he's more mobile and low maintence...and has a go to move.

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Zo.....why is it today's

Zo.....why is it today's player always gets rated higher?......either memory has faded or respondents are too young

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Man thats a Tough

Man thats a Tough Question..Both guys are a Notch below Shaq,Ewing,Olajuwon and David Robinson..

Both are similar type scorers, rebounders & defenders..Mourning offensive game was a little overrated,he used his strength more than footwork in the post...But he still had that little jump shot...Howard gets the edge in athleticism and slightly in rebounding....While Mourning gets the edge in leadership & free throw shooting and a polished offensive game...

If i had to pick,even tough it'll be hard,i have to say Howard...Becuz their stats the 1st 8 years in the nba,are almost exactly alike..But then in the 2000's,becuz of the kidney problems Mourning's production slipped alot....Howard still has a ways to go...

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I have to go with Alonzo. He

I have to go with Alonzo. He was an absolute physical specimen win his prime with the Hornets. His arms were the size of tree trunks. He played with an intensity and a passion that I loved. He was gritty and had that Georgetown swagger. I think Dwight is probably the better overall player of the two, but I'd take Alonzo because he didn't have baggage like Dwight and he was way more professional.

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Alonzo is one of my favorite

Alonzo is one of my favorite NBA players all time. Always intense and always ready to play. He just has a toughness about him that most NBA players don't have. Dwight was definitely the better rebounder, but short of that I'd say Alonzo was as good as or better than Dwight in every other category in his prime. The one shame is that if not for everything with Mourning's kidney's he would have likely had a few more years as one of the leagues top big men. Even though he came back afterward he was never the same.

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Had it not been for his

Had it not been for his kidney disease, he would have been a HOFer. At age 31 he was already a 7 time All-Star, two DPOYs under his belt, had one All-NBA first team and one All-NBA second team, and was 2nd and 3rd in MVP voting in those seasons respectibly. He even made first team over Shaq once, if he was even avle to get back to 15 and 10 form he might've had a chance, but injuries unfortunatly are the reason he most likley won't make it to the Hall, but who knows, I'd say he has an outside chance after 5-10 years onthe ballot.

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Howard has a slightly edge in

Howard has a slightly edge in athleticism, Mourning has a small edge in offense and a huge edge in character. I´ll take Mourning everyday.

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Zo.....why is it today's

Zo.....why is it today's player always gets rated higher?

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Huge edge in Character??????

Are you aware Zo refused to play in Toronto when traded to the Raptors... He not exactly Mother Terressa. I agree Howard a bigger skunk but Zo hardly a paragon of virtue.

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@Aamir,i believe Alonzo

@Aamir,i believe Alonzo Mourning will get into the Hall of Fame...Maybe not on the 1st Ballot,but for sure on the 2nd ballot.....Based on what he did when playing against the elite centers of his era..

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Fair question, but I'll take

Fair question, but I'll take Howard. He's the dominant big man of this era and has led a team to the finals already. One of the few franchise changing players in the game right now

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gorilla ZO! dwight howard

gorilla ZO!

dwight howard best "statical" seasons are behind... with the lakers his numbers are DEF taking a lil dip

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per 36 minutes best stats!

ZO: 21, 12, 3.6 blks

dwight (in the soft C era with a team that dedicates their ENTIRE OFFENSE TO HIM): 21, 14, 3

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i personally believe, even thought im a youngster and don't know much about the heat old offense, that in today's orlando's system alonzo numbers would have been better.

in orlando EVERY PLAYER was hand picked to fit dwight howard, from PG to PF, to offensive system...

defensive system, all their wing defenders are slow footed and dwight has to come from the weak side for blocks.

im probably nit-picking but oh well... heat are my team and i might be biased in this one but ill take ZO.

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dwight howard best "statical"

dwight howard best "statical" seasons are behind... with the lakers his numbers are DEF taking a lil dip

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per 36 minutes best stats!

ZO: 21, 12, 3.6 blks

dwight (in the soft C era with a team that dedicates their ENTIRE OFFENSE TO HIM): 21, 14, 3

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i personally believe, even thought im a youngster and don't know much about the heat old offense, that in today's orlando's system alonzo numbers would have been better.

in orlando EVERY PLAYER was hand picked to fit dwight howard, from PG to PF, to offensive system...

defensive system, all their wing defenders are slow footed and dwight has to come from the weak side for blocks.

im probably nit-picking but oh well... heat are my team and i might be biased in this one but ill take ZO.

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An interesting debate between my favourite player all time (Mourning) and my favourite player of the last 8 years in Howard. However you are a bit off on a few points:

Why are Howard's best statistical seasons behind him? The guy averaged just 13.4 FGA in each of the last two seasons which is on par with Bynum last year (not to mention just 10.2 FGA in 2010). Howard does NOT need 20 shots per game to put up 20 PPG, his rebounding will still be dominant and since the Lakers should have better perimeter defenders than the Magic his defense should be at least as strong, not to mention he'll be playing with Nash who always bring out the best offensively in his teammates.

Orlando didn't dedicate their entire offense to him...honestly Zo was more of an offensive focal point on those Heat teams.

I'm not sure if you're saying that the Lakers have slowfooted wing defenders, but the Magic has had pretty slow and poor perimeter defenders for the last few years. The last good wing defender we had was Mikael Pietrus. Guys like Kobe, Artest and Ebanks are actually superior defenders to the ones Dwight's had around him the last couple years.

Don't get me wrong I love Zo, and think he has the edge in several categories but some of those points just don't fly.

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The biggest difference

The biggest difference between the 2 is non statistical defense, Zo was a great shot blocker but overrated defender while Howard is maybe as high as the 2nd best defensive player in NBA history. Mourning not even top 30.

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Zo

is warrior man.You forget that guy needed kidney transplation and he still played in NBA after...In his prime Zo was as good defender and rebounder as Howard if not even better and he wass by far better offensive player.There are really alot of kids on this forum smh...Dwight Howard would be a bench player if he played 10-15 years earlier...

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