Howard set to make debut for struggling Wizards

Wizards offseason addition Dwight Howard has played in just nine of the team's first 21 games.

Newly acquired center Dwight Howard is expected to make his debut with the Washington Wizards on Friday, according to a report from Shams Charania of Stadium.

Howard has missed the first seven games with a back issue. The Wizards are 1-6, though most of their games came during a grueling trip through the Western Conference.

The Wizards are near the bottom of the league in rebounding, an area in which Howard is sure to help improve. He averaged 12.5 rebounds with the Charlotte Hornets last season and remains a force in the paint defensively.

That second part should also help the Wizards, who are surrendering more than 122 points per game.

Howard, 32, has been in the league for 14 seasons, having also played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year averaged 16.6 points last year.