That time has come and gone but he is still seen as a reliable and strong center, even if age has caught up with the six-foot-ten Georgia native.
He is currently averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 16.2 minutes per game.
Dwight Howard in his 8 All-Star seasons:
— 19.5 PPG | 13.3 RPG | 2.3 BPG
— 59 FG%
— 8x All-Star
— 8x All-NBA
— 5x All-Defense
— 3x DPOY pic.twitter.com/aAXEuVzzrw
— StatMuse (@statmuse) August 25, 2022
However, when you look back at his 8 All-Star seasons, Howard was creating incredible stats.
He averaged 19.4 points per game, 13.3 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks.
He had a 59% field goal percentage and was an All-Star and All-NBA 8 times as well as a 5-time All-Defense and 3-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Howard won’t be hitting those highs again but he can still be a vital part of the Lakers – or any team.
The Defense Of Dwight
Howard was literally one of the most impressive and powerful defensive players in the league for quite a while.
But he had a hard time finding a stable home in the league.
He bounced around multiple teams, including the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, and, of course, the Lakers.
Right now, Howard is a free agent who could remain in LA or perhaps move to yet another squad.
Howard doesn’t play as much as he once used to but he still is able to provide his team with some powerful defense at times.
Plus, he has worked on his personality and seems to get along well with his teammates which wasn’t always the case.
During his 18 years in the league, Howard has been a 5-time rebounding champion, 2-time block champ, as well as an NBA champion, and a defensive monster.
His best days might be behind him but he’s still a special talent.