He has the little running hooks but his backdown game is weak. At his size he should be shaq'ing people, backing people down and punishing them, but he doesnt. His footwork and simple jump hook are lacking. He needs to develop his drop step and hop step into the lane. Patrick Ewing has failed with him bigtime.
I watched a 1995 ORL game where ORL had the same setup, with Shaq Penny and shooters, except with them they dumped it into Shaq and played off him and he punished people with his back to the basket moves, whereas Howard picks and rolls to the rim and goes up, and if he catches it in a postup he cant do anything with it unlike Shaq.
Its the same setup, but Shaq is 100000x the offensive player.