Dwight Howard has put forth an impressive career that has quite a stacked resume over the 16-plus seasons in the league. Howard has experienced his ups and downs over the last several years, but he has had a resurgence with the Los Angeles Lakers this season as one of their core pieces. What has also drawn much attention over the years has been his personal life involving his children.
Dwight Howard’s NBA career
Since entering the NBA as the first pick in the 2004 draft, Dwight Howard has had an intriguing path.
It didn’t take long for him to find stardom as he quickly became the centerpiece for the Orlando Magic, helping them become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, he established himself as one of the top big men and defensive players. Howard became a perennial All-Star in Orlando that included helping guide the team to their first NBA Finals appearance in over a decade.
His tenure with the Magic came to a rough end that saw him traded to the Lakers. Things didn’t last long in Los Angeles as he left for the Houston Rockets in free agency, where he played with the team for three years as one of the top big men in the league. Following that stint, he played one year for each the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards, and now back to the Lakers this season.
Through that all, Howard has put forth a stacked resume that should land him in the Hall of Fame one day. He has eight All-Star selections, five All-NBA First Team nods, an All-NBA Second Team selection, two All-NBA Third Team nods, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, four All-Defensive First Team selections, and an All-defensive Second Team nods. He has also led the league in rebounding five times and blocks twice.
Dwight Howard has five kids with five women
Dwight Howard put forth an impressive NBA career that has earned the reputation as being potentially on track for the Hall of Fame.
Howard has had a busy life off the court that has seen personal life become a hotter topic of discussion over the last several years. Among those has been his children, five children with five different women, which has made for plenty of responsibility off the court. He was in the headlines in October 2014 after one of the mothers of his children accused him of abusing their son Braylon.
He did admit to disciplining his son with a belt but was not charged with that claim. Once again, his personal life came into the spotlight this past March after Melissa Rios, who is the mother of his son David, passed away after an epileptic seizure. His time as a father has had its bumps along the way, but it’s something that he has learned to embrace the situation.
Dwight Howard’s career revival with Lakers
The second return to the Lakers fell into place last offseason after star big man DeMarcus Cousins suffered a torn ACL.
Howard stepped into the situation without any significant expectations given how things fell apart with Wizards in the 2018-19 due to injury that cut his campaign short. The 34-year-old has more than surpassed any marks as he has fully embraced a bench role in Los Angeles.
He is a crucial piece to the team’s success behind his significant impact defensively and bringing much-needed production off the bench. Howard is in line to earn a lucrative offer next offseason that should exceedingly surpass the one-year, $2.5 million deal he signed with the Lakers.