After 18 seasons in the league, the big man has moved on to play ball overseas and it seems unlikely that he will ever come back and play professional basketball on American soil again.
He has left behind quite a legacy in the league and has at times been controversial and beloved.
HBD NBA Champion Dwight Howard
In case you forgot what the #NBA75 snub did from 2007-2014
◾ 8 x All-NBA
◾ 5 x Rebound Leader
◾ 3 x DPOY
◾ 2 x Blocks leader
◾ 2nd in MVP voting (2011)
He also has 8 30/20 games, 4 25/25 games & 1 30/30 game! pic.twitter.com/w6WujNOcFd
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 8, 2022
Today is Howard’s 37th birthday, which is as good a time as any to remember all that he accomplished while in the NBA.
From 2007 to 2014, Howard was an 8-time All-NBA player, a 5-time rebound leader, a 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, a 2-time block leader, and 2nd in MVP voting in 2011.
He had 8 30/20 games, 4 25/25 games, and 1 30/30 game too.
During his career, Howard also became a champion in his last few years.
Howard’s career had its fair share of ups and down.
When he first started playing, he was the powerhouse center for the Orlando Magic.
But following his time there, he had a forgettable, infamous season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
That year led to him bouncing all over the league, from the Houston Rockets to the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and beyond.
In the end, he came back to the Lakers, won a ring with them, then played for the 76ers and Lakers again before retiring.
To be clear, it wasn’t his choice to hang up the jersey: he wasn’t offered a deal from any team when he became a free agent in the summer.
That led to him going to play in China, where he has been scoring upwards of 30 points and 20 rebounds a night.