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American basketball player

Dwight Howard

Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
No 12 – Taoyuan Leopards
Position Center
League T1 League
Personal information
Born (1985-12-08) December 8, 1985 (age 36)
Atlanta, Georgia, US
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (208 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
(Atlanta, Georgia)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career 2004–present
Career history
2004–2012 Orlando Magic
2012–2013 Los Angeles Lakers
2013–2016 Houston Rockets
2016–2017 Atlanta Hawks
2017–2018 Charlotte Hornets
2018–2019 Washington Wizards
2019–2020 Los Angeles Lakers
2020–2021 Philadelphia 76ers
2021–2022 Los Angeles Lakers
2022–present Taoyuan Leopards
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2020)
  • 8× NBA All-Star (2007–2014)
  • 5× All-NBA First Team (2008–2012)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2014)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2013)
  • 3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2009–2011)
  • 4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2012)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)
  • 5× NBA rebounding leader (2008–2010, 2012, 2013)
  • 2× NBA blocks leader (2009, 2010)
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2008)
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2004)
  • McDonald’s All-American Game Co-MVP (2004)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2004)
  • Mr Georgia Basketball (2004)
Stats  at NBAcom
Stats  at Basketball-Referencecom
Medals
Men’s basketball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
2008 Beijing Team competition
FIBA World Championship
2006 Japan Team competition
FIBA Americas Championship
2007 Las Vegas Team competition

Dwight David Howard II (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League He is an NBA champion, eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year

Howard, who plays center, spent his high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy He chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic Howard set numerous franchise and league records with the Magic He led the team to the 2009 NBA Finals

In 2012, after eight seasons with Orlando, Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he spent three separate one year-stints over the course of his career, winning the NBA championship in 2020 He has also played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Washington Wizards, and the Philadelphia 76ers

Early life

Howard was born in Atlanta, to Dwight Sr and Sheryl Howard, a family with strong athletic connections His father is a Georgia State Trooper and is the athletic director at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, a private academy with one of the country’s best high school basketball programs; his mother played on the inaugural women’s basketball team at Morris Brown College Howard’s mother had seven miscarriages before he was born A devout Christian since his youth, Howard became serious about basketball around the age of nine Despite his large frame, Howard was quick and versatile enough to play the guard position He attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and played mostly as power forward, averaging 166 points, 134 rebounds and 63 blocks per game in 129 appearances As a senior, Howard led his team to a 31–2 record and the 2004 state title, while averaging 25 points, 18 rebounds, 81 blocks and 35 assists per game The same year, he was widely recognized as the best American high school basketball player, and received the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the Morgan Wootten High School Player of the Year Award, Gatorade National Player of the Year and the McDonald’s National High School Player of the Year honor He was also co-MVP (with J R Smith) of the McDonald’s All-American Game that year On January 31, 2012, Howard was honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald’s All-Americans

Professional career

Orlando Magic (2004–2012)

Early years (2004–2008)

Following his high school successes, Howard chose to forego college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft—a decision partly inspired by his idol Kevin Garnett who had done the same in 1995—where the Orlando Magic selected him first overall over UConn junior Emeka Okafor He took the number 12 for his jersey, in part because it was the reverse of Garnett’s 21 when he played for Minnesota Howard joined a depleted Magic squad that had finished with only 21 victories the previous season; further, the club had just lost perennial NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady Howard, however, made an immediate impact He finished his rookie season with an average of 12 points and 10 rebounds, setting several NBA records in the process He became the youngest player in NBA history to average a double double in the regular season He also became the youngest player in NBA history to average at least 10 rebounds in a season and youngest NBA player ever to record at least 20 rebounds in a game Howard’s importance to the Magic was highlighted when he became the first player in NBA history directly out of high school to start all 82 games during his rookie season For his efforts, he was selected to play in the 2005 NBA Rookie Challenge, and was unanimously selected to the All-Rookie Team He also finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting

Howard reported to camp for his second NBA season having added 20 pounds of muscle during the off-season Orlando coach Brian Hill—responsible for grooming former Magic superstar Shaquille O’Neal—decided that Howard should be converted into a full-fledged center Hill identified two areas where Howard needed to improve: his post-up game and his defense He exerted extra pressure on Howard, saying that the Magic would need him to emerge as a force in the middle before the team had a chance at the playoffs On November 15, 2005, in a home game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Howard recorded 21 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the youngest player ever to score 20 or more points and gather 20 or more rebounds in the same game He was selected to play on the Sophomore Team in the 2006 Rookie Challenge during the All-Star break Overall, he averaged 158 points and 125 rebounds per game, ranking second in the NBA in rebounds per game, offensive rebounds, and double-doubles and sixth in field goal percentage Despite Howard’s improvement, the Magic finished the season with a 36–46 record and failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season since Howard’s arrival

Howard and Jameer Nelson in 2008

In the 2006–07 season (and for the third consecutive season), Howard played in all 82 regular-season games On February 1, 2007, he received his first NBA All-Star selection as a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game On February 9, he made a game-winning alley-oop off an inbound pass at the buzzer against the San Antonio Spurs Howard set a new career high with 35 points against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 14 Under his leadership, the Magic qualified for the 2007 NBA Playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference There, the Magic were swept by the Detroit Pistons in the first round For the season, Howard averaged 176 points and 123 rebounds per game, finishing first in the NBA in total rebounds, second in field goal percentage, and ninth in blocks He was named to the All-NBA Third Team at the end of the 2006–07 campaign

Howard continued posting impressive numbers in the 2007–08 season and helped the Magic have their best season to date Howard was named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team On February 16, 2008, he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest by receiving 78% of the fan’s votes via text messaging or online voting; in that contest, he performed a series of innovative dunks said to have rejuvenated the contest, including donning a Superman cape for one of the dunks Howard led the Magic to their first division title in 12 years and to the third seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs In their first round match-up against the Toronto Raptors, Howard’s dominance (three 20-point/20-rebound games) helped Orlando to prevail in five games Howard’s series total of 91 rebounds was also greater than the total rebounds collected by the entire Toronto frontcourt In the second round against the Pistons, the Magic lost in five games For the season, Howard was named to the All-NBA First Team for the first time, and was also named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Dominance and NBA Finals appearance (2008–2011)

Howard in 2008, boxing out JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards

The 2008–09 season began well for Howard Ten games into the season, the center was leading the league in blocks per game (42) In December, Howard injured his left knee, which caused him to miss a game due to injury for the first time in his NBA career; previously, he had played in 351 consecutive games He garnered a record 31 million votes to earn the starting berth on the Eastern Conference team for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game Howard led Orlando to its second straight Southeast Division title and to the third seed for the 2009 NBA Playoffs; the team finished the season with a 59–23 record In the first round of the playoffs against the 76ers, Howard recorded 24 points and 24 rebounds in Game 5 to give Orlando a 3–2 lead before the Magic closed out the series in six games In the second round against the Boston Celtics, after the Magic blew a lead in Game 5 to fall behind 3–2 in the series, Howard publicly stated that he should have been given the ball more and questioned coach Stan Van Gundy’s tactics The Magic went on to defeat Boston to win the series and move on to the Eastern Conference Finals There they, defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–2 Howard had a playoff career-high 40 points to go with his 14 rebounds in the deciding Game 6, leading Orlando to the NBA Finals for the first time in 14 years In the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers took the first two home games, before a home win by the Magic brought the deficit to 2–1 In Game 4, despite Howard putting up 21 rebounds and a Finals record of 9 blocks in a game, the Magic lost in overtime The Lakers went on to clinch the series with a win in Game 5 For the season, Howard became the youngest player ever to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and to the All-NBA First Team

Howard in 2010, contesting a shot by future teammate Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers

In the 2009–10 season, the Magic got off to a strong start, winning 17 of their first 21 games and setting a franchise record On January 21, 2010, Howard was named as the starting center for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game The Magic completed the regular season with 59 wins and their third consecutive division title The Magic’s playoff run resulted another Eastern Conference Finals appearance, where they lost in six games to the Celtics Howard won the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second straight year He became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in blocks and rebounds in the same season twice—and for two years in a row

In the 2010–11 season, Howard posted career highs in points and field goal percentage He became the first player in league history to win Defensive Player of the Year honors for three consecutive seasons Howard led the league in double-doubles and also averaged 141 rebounds, 23 blocks and a career-high 13 steals this season He led the Magic to 52 wins, as they finished as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference They went on to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of 2011 NBA Playoffs He had a playoff career-high 46 points and 19 rebounds in Orlando’s 103–93 loss to Atlanta in Game 1 Howard led the NBA in technical fouls with 18 in the regular season, and received one-game suspensions after his 16th and 18th technicals

Final season in Orlando (2011–2012)

Due to a lockout, the 2011–12 regular season was shortened to 66 games Not long after the lockout ended, Howard, who was eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, demanded a trade to the New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Lakers or Dallas Mavericks Howard stated that although his preference was to remain in Orlando, he did not feel the Magic organization was doing enough to build a championship contender He would later meet with Magic officials and agree to back off his trade demands, but stated that he also felt the team needed to make changes to the roster if they wanted to contend for a championship

On January 12, 2012, Howard attempted an NBA regular season record 39 free throws against the Golden State Warriors Howard entered the game making 42 percent of his free throws for the season and just below 60 percent for his career The Warriors hacked Howard intentionally throughout the game, and he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s regular-season record of 34 set in 1962 Howard made 21 of the 39 attempts, finishing with 45 points and 23 rebounds in the Magic’s 117–109 victory On January 24, 2012, Howard became the Magic’s all-time scoring leader

On March 15, 2012, on the day of the trading deadline for the 2011–12 NBA season, Howard waived his right to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and committed to stay with the Magic through the 2012–13 season He had previously asked to be traded to the New Jersey Nets Had he not signed the amendment, the Magic were prepared to trade him to avoid losing him as a free agent On April 5, Van Gundy said that he had been informed by management that Howard wanted him fired During the interview, the center walked up and hugged his coach, unaware that Van Gundy had confirmed a report that Howard denied Van Gundy was let go after the season

On April 19, 2012, Howard’s agent said that Howard would undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back and would miss the rest of the 2011–12 season, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London During the offseason, Howard again requested a trade to the Nets, who had relocated to Brooklyn He intended to become a free agent at the end of the 2012–13 season if he was not traded to Brooklyn

Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)

Howard with the Lakers in 2013

On August 10, 2012, Howard was traded from Orlando to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that also involved the Philadelphia 76ers and the Denver Nuggets Howard took six months off from basketball after his April back surgery, and only had the combined four weeks of training camp and preseason to prepare for the season Still working himself into shape, Howard paced himself throughout the season on both offense and defense On January 4, 2013, Howard injured his right shoulder in the second half of the Lakers’ 107–102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers At the midpoint of the season, the Lakers were a disappointing 17–24 Howard was averaging 171 points on 582% shooting, 123 rebounds, and 25 blocks, but also 36 fouls a game with 32 turnovers while making only 504% of his free throws

Howard was upset that he was not getting the ball enough, and he felt that Kobe Bryant was shooting too much Moving forward, Howard said he needed to “bring it” and dominate in more ways than just scoring Howard missed games due to his recurring shoulder injury in January and February In February, Bryant said that Howard “worries too much” and “doesn’t want to let anyone down”, urging him to play through the pain when Pau Gasol was sidelined with a torn plantar fascia Howard returned the next game after commenting that Bryant was “not a doctor, I’m not a doctor That’s his opinion”

Howard with the Lakers in 2013

During the All-Star break, Howard adopted a healthier diet to get into better shape to anchor the Lakers’ defense and run head coach Mike D’Antoni’s preferred pick and rolls Still, on February 23, Howard said he was “not even close” to physically being where he wanted to be Coach Mike D’Antoni attributed Howard’s difficulty running the pick-and-roll—a play the coach had expected would be a staple for the team—with Steve Nash to Howard’s lack of conditioning The Lakers were 8–2 after the All-Star break, passing Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and Howard averaged 155 points, 148 rebounds, and 26 blocks In his first game back in Orlando on March 12, Howard scored a season-high 39 points and had 16 rebounds in a 106–97 Lakers win Booed throughout the game, he made 25 of 39 free throws, setting franchise records for free throws made and attempted while tying his own NBA record for attempts Howard made 16 of 20 free throws when he was fouled intentionally by the Magic With Howard anchoring the Lakers defense and his improved overall play, the Lakers made the playoffs, but were swept in the opening round by San Antonio Howard was ejected in Game 4 with over nine minutes left in the third quarter

Howard finished the season with his lowest scoring average since his second year in the NBA, but he was the league leader in rebounding and ranked second in field goal percentage Although he was recovering from his back surgery, he only missed six games all season—all due to his torn labrum Howard was named to the All-NBA Third Team after having received five consecutive first-team honors He became a free agent in the summer, and he was offered a maximum contract of five years and $118 million by the Lakers

Houston Rockets (2013–2016)

Howard with the Rockets in 2014, alongside teammate Chandler Parsons

On July 13, 2013, Howard signed with the Houston Rockets, joining James Harden to form a formidable duo Howard finished the regular season with averages of 183 points and 122 rebounds and earned All-NBA Second Team honors During the 2014 playoffs, Howard averaged 26 points and 137 rebounds per game, but the Rockets were eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, losing the series 4–2

After playing in the Rockets’ first 10 out of 11 games to start the 2014–15 season, Howard missed 11 straight due to a strained right knee before returning to action on December 13 against the Denver Nuggets and recording his 10,000th career rebound However, on January 31, Howard was ruled out for a further month due to persistent trouble with his right knee After setbacks forced him out for a further month and a total of 26 games, Howard returned to action on March 25 against the New Orleans Pelicans He started the game but was held under 17 minutes by coach Kevin McHale and finished with just four points and seven rebounds in a 95–93 win Howard played only 41 games in the regular season The Rockets clinched their first division title in over 20 years and made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost 4–1 to the Golden State Warriors

On November 4, 2015, Howard had 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Orlando Magic He shot 10-of-10 to become the first Rocket to make 10 or more field goals without a miss since Yao Ming went 12-of-12 in 2009 On December 26, he eclipsed 15,000 points for his career in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans On January 18, 2016, in an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Howard had 36 points and tied a career high with 26 rebounds en route to his 10th straight double-double, the league’s longest active streak at the time, and his longest since a 14-game run in 2012–13 On June 22, 2016, Howard declined his $23 million player option for the 2016–17 season and became an unrestricted free agent

Atlanta Hawks (2016–2017)

Howard with the Hawks in 2017

On July 12, 2016, Howard signed a three-year, $70 million contract with his hometown team the Atlanta Hawks With the retirement of Tim Duncan, Howard entered the 2016–17 season as the NBA’s active leader in rebounds (12,089) and blocked shots (1,916) In his debut for the Hawks in their season opener on October 27, Howard grabbed 19 rebounds in a 114–99 win over the Washington Wizards It was the most rebounds for anyone in their Atlanta debut, breaking the mark of 18 that Shareef Abdur-Rahim set on October 30, 2001 On November 2, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 123–116 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers On February 2, he had a season-best game with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a 113–108 win over the Rockets in Houston

Charlotte Hornets (2017–2018)

On June 20, 2017, the Hawks traded Howard, along with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft To begin the season, Howard became the first Charlotte player since Emeka Okafor in 2007 with four consecutive 15-rebound games In the fifth game of the season, he had another 15-rebound game On March 15, he scored 20 of his season-high 33 points in the second half of the Hornets’ 129–117 win over the Atlanta Hawks On March 21, Howard recorded 32 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds in a 111–105 win over the Nets, becoming just the eighth player in league history with a 30–30 game He became the first NBA player with a 30-point, 30-rebound game since Kevin Love in November 2010, and the first player with a 30–30 game against the Nets since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in February 1978 The next day, Howard was suspended for one game without pay due to receiving his 16th technical foul of the season Howard finished the season with a franchise-record 53 double-doubles and joined Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to hold single-season records with two teams Howard also became one of six players to average a double-double in each of his first 13 seasons in the league

On July 6, 2018, Howard was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, the draft rights to Hamidou Diallo, a 2021 second-round draft pick and cash considerations He was waived by the Nets immediately upon being acquired

Washington Wizards (2018–2019)

Howard with the Washington Wizards in 2018

On July 12, 2018, Howard signed with the Washington Wizards He missed all of training camp, every exhibition game and the first seven regular-season games with a sore backside He appeared in nine games in November before missing the rest of the season after undergoing spinal surgery to relieve pain in his glutes In March 2019, it was revealed that Howard, in addition to his back injury, was also dealing with a hamstring issue On April 18, 2019, Howard exercised his $56 million player option to play a second season with the Wizards

On July 6, 2019, Howard was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward C J Miles On August 24, 2019, Howard was waived by the Grizzlies

Second stint with the Lakers (2019–2020)

On August 26, 2019, Howard signed a $26 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, reuniting him with his former team He was replacing DeMarcus Cousins, a free agent signed earlier in the offseason who was lost for the year after suffering a knee injury To assure the team that he would accept any role the team asked, Howard offered to sign a non-guaranteed contract, freeing the Lakers to cut him at any time

During the season, the Lakers split time fairly evenly between him and starting center JaVale McGee On January 13, 2020, Howard scored a season-high 21 points on a 9-of-11 shooting and got a season-high 15 rebounds In Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Denver Nuggets, Lakers coach Frank Vogel started Howard to match up against the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokić Howard had 12 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes to help the Lakers win and take a 3–1 lead in the series He had started twice during the regular season, but this was his first start by coach’s decision when McGee was available The Lakers advanced to the NBA Finals, winning the series 4–2 over the Miami Heat and giving Howard his first NBA championship

Philadelphia 76ers (2020–2021)

On November 21, 2020, the Philadelphia 76ers signed Howard to a one-year deal worth $2,564,753 With the 76ers he averaged 7 points and 84 rebounds Howard played 69 games with the Sixers with six starts in 173 minutes He was suspended for one game after getting into a scuffle with Udonis Haslem where both were assessed technical fouls and Haslem was ejected Howard was suspended because he incurred his 16th technical foul of the year Despite winning the Atlantic division and the Eastern Conference regular season, in the Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks, the 76ers would lose in seven games which included a squandered 26-point lead in Game 5

Third stint with the Lakers (2021–2022)

Howard signed a $26 million veteran’s minimum contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 6, 2021 He averaged 62 points and 59 rebounds playing 60 games, starting 27 for the injury-ridden Anthony Davis Despite one of the strongest rosters in the league, the Lakers, viewed by many as the premier championship contender, failed to make the playoffs, which was widely regarded by experts to be one of the greatest underachievements in NBA history

Taoyuan Leopards (2022–present)

Howard with the Taoyuan Leopards in 2022

On November 7, 2022, Howard signed with the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League in Taiwan While the league usually caps the salary of foreign players to US$20,000, it approved an exception for Howard, who will receive over $1 million The league argued that Howard will raise the level of competition and boost the audience’s interest On November 19, Howard made his Leopards debut, putting up 38 points, 25 rebounds, nine assists, and four blocks in a 120–115 win over New Taipei CTBC DEA

National team career

Howard at the 2008 Olympics

On March 5, 2006, Howard was named to the 2006–2008 USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team program As the team’s regular starting center, he helped lead the team to a 5–0 record during its pre-World Championship tour, and subsequently helped the team win the bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship During the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, Howard was on the team which won its first nine games en route to qualifying for the finals and a spot for the 2008 Olympics He started in eight of those nine games, averaging 89 ppg, 53 rpg and led the team in shooting 778 from the field In the finals, he made all seven of his shots and scored 20 points as the USA defeated Argentina to win the gold medal

On June 23, 2008, Howard was named as one of the members of the 12-man squad representing the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing With Howard starting as center, Team USA won all of its games en route to the gold medal, breaking their drought of gold medals dating back to the 2000 Olympics Howard averaged 109 points and 58 rebounds per game in the tournament

Player profile

Standing 6 feet 10 inches (208 m) and weighing 265 pounds (120 kg), Howard plays the center position He led the NBA in rebounding from 2007 to 2010, and again from 2012 to 2013 Howard’s rebounding is in part facilitated by his extraordinary athleticism; his running vertical leap was tested at 395 inches (100 cm) in 2011, rare for a player of his size He demonstrated this skill in the 2007 Slam Dunk Contest, where he completed an alley oop dunk from teammate Jameer Nelson while slapping a sticker onto the backboard at 12 ft 6 in (381 m) high The sticker showed an image of his own smiling face with a handwritten “All things through Christ Phil: 4:13”, a paraphrase of Philippians 4:13

Howard’s abilities and powerful physique have drawn attention from fellow NBA All-Stars Tim Duncan remarked in 2007, ” is so developed He has so much promise and I am glad that I will be out of the league when he is peaking” Kevin Garnett echoed those sentiments: ” is a freak of nature, man I was nowhere near that physically talented I wasn’t that gifted, as far as body and physical presence” After a game in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala said: “It’s like he can guard two guys at once He can guard his guy and the guy coming off the pick-and-roll, which is almost impossible to do If he gets any more athletic or jumps any higher, they’re going to have to change the rules” In December 2007, ESPN writer David Thorpe declared Howard the most dominant center in the NBA Early in his career, many sports pundits rated Howard one of the top young prospects in the NBA

Howard has a reputation as a negative locker room presence In a 2013 interview, he called his former Orlando Magic teammates a “team full of people no one wanted” In a 2013 article titled “Is Dwight Howard the NBA’s Worst Teammate”, Bleacher Report asserted that Howard had “extinguished all bridges with the franchise where he spent his first eight NBA seasons” Howard did not get along with Kobe Bryant when he first played for the Lakers and did not get along with James Harden when he played for the Rockets When he was traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets, some of his Hawks teammates reportedly cheered After Charlotte traded Howard to the Washington Wizards, Charlotte player Brendan Haywood asserted that Howard’s teammates were “sick and tired of his act” In 2018, NBC News reported that “Howard’s time with the Magic, Lakers and Rockets devolved into interpersonal strife well before he left those teams” Also in 2018, The Ringer published a piece titled “Everybody (Still) Hates Dwight” in which it called Howard “almost certainly the least popular player in the NBA” Before signing with the Lakers in 2019, Howard reportedly met with the team multiple times, “promising not to live up to his reputation as a difficult teammate who disrupts locker rooms”; the team warned him that he would be released if he became a disruptive presence

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship    Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Orlando 82 82 326 520 000 671 100 9 9 17 120
2005–06 Orlando 82 81 368 531 000 595 125 15 8 14 158
2006–07 Orlando 82 82 369 603 500 586 123 19 9 19 176
2007–08 Orlando 82 82 377 599 000 590 142 13 9 21 207
2008–09 Orlando 79 79 357 572 000 594 138 14 10 29 206
2009–10 Orlando 82 82 347 612 000 592 132 18 9 28 183
2010–11 Orlando 78 78 375 593 000 596 141 14 14 24 229
2011–12 Orlando 54 54 383 573 000 491 145 19 15 21 206
2012–13 LA Lakers 76 76 358 578 167 492 124 14 11 24 171
2013–14 Houston 71 71 337 591 286 547 122 18 8 18 183
2014–15 Houston 41 41 298 593 500 528 105 12 7 13 158
2015–16 Houston 71 71 321 620 000 489 118 14 10 16 137
2016–17 Atlanta 74 74 297 633 000 533 127 14 9 12 135
2017–18 Charlotte 81 81 304 555 143 574 125 13 6 16 166
2018–19 Washington 9 9 256 623 000 604 92 4 8 4 128
2019–20† LA Lakers 69 2 189 729 600 514 73 7 4 11 75
2020–21 Philadelphia 69 6 173 587 250 576 84 9 4 9 70
2021–22 LA Lakers 60 27 162 612 533 658 59 6 6 6 62
Career 1,242 1,078 318 587 214 567 118 13 9 18 157
All-Star 8 6 233 642 154 450 88 15 6 11 121

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007 Orlando 4 4 418 548 000 455 148 18 5 10 153
2008 Orlando 10 10 421 581 000 542 158 9 8 34 189
2009 Orlando 23 23 393 601 000 636 153 19 9 26 203
2010 Orlando 14 14 355 614 000 519 111 14 8 35 181
2011 Orlando 6 6 430 630 000 682 155 05 7 18 270
2013 LA Lakers 4 4 315 619 000 444 108 10 5 20 170
2014 Houston 6 6 385 547 000 625 137 18 7 28 260
2015 Houston 17 17 338 577 000 412 140 12 14 23 164
2016 Houston 5 5 360 542 000 368 140 16 8 14 132
2017 Atlanta 6 6 261 500 000 632 107 13 10 8 80
2020† LA Lakers 18 7 157 684 500 556 46 5 4 4 58
2021 Philadelphia 12 0 124 533 000 600 63 7 2 5 47
Career 125 102 316 589 143 548 118 12 8 20 153

Televised appearances

Howard appeared as a special guest on an episode of the ABC series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired April 2, 2006, in which Ty Pennington and his team built a new home and ministry offices for Sadie Holmes, who operates a social services ministry in the Orlando area

Howard competed in season 6 of The Masked Singer as “Octopus” He was the first one to be eliminated during the two-night premiere alongside Vivica A Fox as “Mother Nature” and Toni Braxton as “Pufferfish”

Personal life

Howard has five children by five women In 2010, Howard won a defamation judgment against Royce Reed, the mother of his oldest child Braylon A Florida judge ruled that she violated a court order prohibiting her from mentioning Howard in the media He had initially sought about half a billion dollars in damages, claiming that she had disparaged him through Twitter and her appearances on the reality television show, Basketball Wives, as the couple’s paternity agreement stipulated a $500 fine for each time she mentioned him in public

In October 2014, police in Cobb County, Georgia investigated claims by Reed that Howard abused their son Howard had admitted to hitting Braylon with a belt; he had been disciplined in the same manner while growing up, and he stated that he did not realize it was wrong to do so Howard was not charged in connection with the allegations Howard was also involved in a civil case with Reed over custody of their son

Howard keeps approximately 20 snakes as pets and has appeared twice in Animal Planet’s reality TV series Tanked He owns a farm “in north Georgia where he relaxes cows, hogs, turkeys and deer,” and also grows vegetables on his estate

Melissa Rios, the mother of his son, David, died on March 27, 2020, following an epileptic seizure David was with Howard at his home in Georgia at the time

Philanthropy, faith, and public image

Before he was drafted in 2004, Howard said that he wanted to use his NBA career and Christian faith to “raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world” He has stated he believes in reaching out to his community and fans and thus contributes substantially in the field of philanthropy Together with his parents, Howard established the Dwight D Howard Foundation Inc in 2004 In November 2009, the center was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which awards athletes for their charitable work

In 2014, Epix featured Howard as the focal point of a documentary about his life called In the Moment

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