Dwight Howard will go down as one of the most dominant centers to play in the NBA. Howard is currently in his 16th NBA season and has been an impact on the numerous teams that he’s played for throughout his career.
There’s a good chance that Howard will finish his career, averaging a double-double. He continued to be a force in the paint and on the glass.
Dwight Howard’s early years in the NBA
Going into the 2004 NBA draft, Howard was predicted to be the No.1 pick. The Orlando Magic would select Howard with the first overall pick straight out of high school. Howard had a successful rookie season. He became the youngest player in NBA history to average a double-double for the season. That season he averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds and was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
Howard continued to work on his game and take it to the next level over the years and quickly became one of the best big men in the NBA. He continued to average a double-double after his rookie season, and during the 2007-08 season, he averaged 20 points for the first time in his career. The two seasons later, he helped lead the Magic to the 2010 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Magic would fall to the Lakers in that series, but Howard continued to prove why he was the best in the league at the center position.
Howard’s leaping ability was impressive, and that’s something that gave him an advantage on the glass. When he was playing in Orlando, he led the league in rebounds per game four times. Howard had a good career playing in Orlando.
Dwight Howard’s career after Orlando
After Howard spent his first eight years in Orlando, he was traded to the Lakers and teamed up with Kobe Bryant. Howard would lead the league in rebounds per game in his first season with the Lakers at 12.4 rebounds per game. After spending just one season with the Lakers, Howard found himself on the move again.
In July of 2013, he signed with the Houston Rockets and teamed up with another superstar in James Harden. During his first season in Houston, Howard averaged 18.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per game and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. After three seasons in Houston, Howard became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Atlanta Hawks the next season.
At the start of the 2016-17 season, Howard was the active leader in rebounds and blocked shots. He played in Atlanta for one season and averaged 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. After the season, Howard was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, but the team waived him. He then signed with the Washington Wizards in the summer of 2018. Howard had to miss most of the 2018-19 season due to injury, and it was the first time in his career where he didn’t average a double-double. In 2019, Howard joined his former team, the Lakers, and split time as a starter and coming off the bench.
Dwight Howard has the most rebounds than anyone currently in the league
Howard currently has the most rebounds out of anyone who is currently playing in the NBA. He is ranked No.15 on the all-time list of rebounds, and he can continue to move up on that list if he can continue to stay healthy.
Since his rookie season, Howard has been a force on the court. With his height and size, he has an advantage, and he is very skilled too. Howard has played in numerous all-star games and has been on multiple All-NBA teams. When his career is over, he will go down as one of the best centers to play in the league.