Dwight Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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.
He was taken by the Orlando Magic ahead of Connecticut junior Emeka Okafor after declaring for the 2004 NBA draft, a move motivated in part by his hero Kevin Garnett’s own choice to do so in 1995.
Part of the reason he chose the number 12 for his jersey was to mirror Kevin Garnett’s former teammates.
Howard joined a Magic team that had only won 21 games in the previous season, and the team had just lost NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady.
On the other hand, Howard was noticed right away. He averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds per game during his first season.
Multiple NBA records while doing so. This season, he became the NBA’s youngest double-double averaging player.
His accomplishments also include being named the youngest player in NBA history to average at least 10 rebounds a season as well as becoming the youngest NBA player ever to score at least 20 points during one game.
Dwight Howard Salary: How Much Does Dwight Howard Make?
Dwight Howard takes home an annual average salary of $2.64 million as a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.