88 Facts About Dwight Howard


Dwight David Howard II was born on December 8,1985 and is an American professional basketball player for the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League.


Dwight Howard began his career in the National Basketball Association, where he was 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.


Dwight Howard chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic.


Dwight Howard set numerous franchise and league records with the Magic.


In 2012, after eight seasons with Orlando, Dwight 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 Finals in 2020.


Dwight Howard has played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, the Washington Wizards, and the Philadelphia 76ers.


Dwight Howard's 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.


Dwight Howard attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and played mostly as power forward, averaging 16.6 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.3 blocks per game in 129 appearances.


Dwight Howard was co-MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game that year.


On January 31,2012, Dwight Howard was honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald's All-Americans.


Dwight Howard took the number 12 for his jersey, in part because it was the reverse of Garnett's 21 when he played for Minnesota.


Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard finished his rookie season with an average of 12 points and 10 rebounds, setting several NBA records in the process.


Dwight Howard became the youngest player in NBA history to average a double double in the regular season.


Dwight Howard 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.


Dwight Howard finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting.


Dwight Howard reported to camp for his second NBA season having added 20 pounds of muscle during the off-season.


Hill identified two areas where Dwight Howard needed to improve: his post-up game and his defense.


Dwight Howard 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, Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard was selected to play on the Sophomore Team in the 2006 Rookie Challenge during the All-Star break.


Dwight Howard was named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team.


Dwight Howard led the Magic to their first division title in 12 years and to the third seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs.


Dwight Howard garnered a record 3.1 million votes to earn the starting berth on the Eastern Conference team for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.


Dwight 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 Game 4, despite Dwight Howard putting up 21 rebounds and a Finals record of 9 blocks in a game, the Magic lost in overtime.


Dwight Howard was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and to the All-NBA First Team.


On January 21,2010, Dwight Howard was named as the starting center for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.


Dwight Howard won the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the second straight year.


Dwight Howard became the first player in league history to win Defensive Player of the Year honors for three consecutive seasons.


Dwight Howard led the league in double-doubles and averaged 14.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and a career-high 1.3 steals this season.


Dwight Howard led the Magic to 52 wins, as they finished as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.


Dwight Howard led the NBA in technical fouls with 18 in the regular season, and received one-game suspensions after his 16th and 18th technicals.


Not long after the lockout ended, Dwight 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.


Dwight 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.


On January 24,2012, Dwight Howard became the Magic's all-time scoring leader.


Dwight Howard had previously asked to be traded to the New Jersey Nets.


Still working himself into shape, Dwight Howard paced himself throughout the season on both offense and defense.


Dwight Howard was upset that he was not getting the ball enough, and he felt that Kobe Bryant was shooting too much.


Dwight Howard made 16 of 20 free throws when he was fouled intentionally by the Magic.


Dwight Howard was ejected in Game 4 with over nine minutes left in the third quarter.


Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard was named to the All-NBA Third Team after having received five consecutive first-team honors.


Dwight Howard became a free agent in the summer, and he was offered a maximum contract of five years and $118 million by the Lakers.


On July 13,2013, Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets, joining James Harden to form a formidable duo.


Dwight Howard finished the regular season with averages of 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds and earned All-NBA Second Team honors.


On November 4,2015, Dwight Howard had 23 points and 14 rebounds against the Orlando Magic.


Dwight Howard 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 July 12,2016, Dwight Howard signed a three-year, $70 million contract with his hometown team the Atlanta Hawks.


The next day, Dwight Howard was suspended for one game without pay due to receiving his 16th technical foul of the season.


Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard became one of six players to average a double-double in each of his first 13 seasons in the league.


On July 6,2018, Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard was waived by the Nets immediately upon being acquired.


On July 12,2018, Dwight Howard signed with the Washington Wizards.


Dwight Howard missed all of training camp, every exhibition game and the first seven regular-season games with a sore backside.


Dwight Howard was replacing DeMarcus Cousins, a free agent signed earlier in the offseason who was lost for the year after suffering a knee injury.


On January 13,2020, Dwight Howard scored a season-high 21 points on a 9-of-11 shooting and got a season-high 15 rebounds.


Dwight Howard had started twice during the regular season, but this was his first start by coach's decision when McGee was available.


Dwight Howard played 69 games with the Sixers with six starts in 17.3 minutes.


Dwight Howard was suspended for one game after getting into a scuffle with Udonis Haslem where both were assessed technical fouls and Haslem was ejected.


Dwight Howard was suspended because he incurred his 16th technical foul of the year.


Dwight Howard signed a $2.6 million veteran's minimum contract with the Los Angeles Lakers on August 6,2021.


Dwight Howard averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds playing 60 games, starting 27 for the injury-ridden Anthony Davis.


On November 7,2022, Dwight Howard signed with the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League in Taiwan.


The league argued that Dwight Howard will raise the level of competition and boost the audience's interest.


Dwight Howard attributed this to playing over 90 minutes within 26 hours, which he was no longer used to.


In February 2023, Dwight Howard was named an All-Star for the T1 League as well as the All-Star Game Most Famous Player, and was selected to participate in the Three-Point Contest.


Dwight Howard scored 37 points and was named All-Star game MVP.


Dwight Howard started in eight of those nine games, averaging 8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and led the team in shooting.


On June 23,2008, Dwight Howard was named as one of the members of the 12-man squad representing the United States in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.


Dwight Howard averaged 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the tournament.


Dwight Howard led the NBA in rebounding from 2007 to 2010, and again from 2012 to 2013.


Dwight Howard's rebounding is in part facilitated by his extraordinary athleticism; his running vertical leap was tested at 39.5 inches in 2011, rare for a player of his size.


Dwight Howard has so much promise and I am glad that I will be out of the league when he is peaking.


Dwight Howard has a reputation as a negative locker room presence.


Dwight 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.


Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard competed in season 6 of The Masked Singer as "Octopus".


Dwight Howard was the first one to be eliminated during the two-night premiere alongside Vivica A Fox as "Mother Nature" and Toni Braxton as "Pufferfish".


In 2010, Dwight Howard won a defamation judgment against Royce Reed, the mother of his oldest child Braylon.


Dwight Howard 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 Dwight Howard abused their son.


Dwight 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.


Dwight Howard was involved in a civil case with Reed over custody of their son.


Dwight Howard keeps approximately 20 snakes as pets and has appeared twice in Animal Planet's reality TV series Tanked.


Dwight Howard owns a farm "in north Georgia where he relaxes [with] cows, hogs, turkeys and deer," and grows vegetables on his estate.


Dwight Howard has stated he believes in reaching out to his community and fans and thus contributes substantially in the field of philanthropy.