Howard, who was traded to the Lakers during the offseason from the Orlando Magic, has yet to suit up in Los Angeles while dealing with a back injury. As long as Howard doesn't have any complications or setbacks with the injury over the next couple days, the 6'11", 285-pound big man should make his debut Sunday.
Howard has been sidelined since undergoing surgery in April to repair a herniated disk. He has been practicing with the Lakers during preseason camp but has yet to suit up in any exhibition games.
An eight-year NBA veteran, Howard is widely regarded as the league's best center and should immediately bolster the Lakers' front court playing alongside forward Pau Gasol. In 54 games last season, Howard averaged 38.3 minutes, 20.6 points and 14.5 rebounds.