Dwight Howard

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Dwight David Howard II (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).wikipedia
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Orlando Magic

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He chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic. Following his high school successes, Howard chose to forego college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft—a decision partly inspired by his idol Kevin Garnett who had done the same in 1995—where the Orlando Magic selected him first overall over UConn junior Emeka Okafor.
The franchise was established in 1989 as an expansion franchise, and such notable NBA stars as Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, Patrick Ewing, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis, Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, Rashard Lewis, Dominique Wilkins, and Hedo Türkoğlu have played for the club throughout its young history.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

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He is an eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Dwight Howard is the only player to have won the award in three consecutive seasons.

2004 NBA draft

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He chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic. Following his high school successes, Howard chose to forego college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft—a decision partly inspired by his idol Kevin Garnett who had done the same in 1995—where the Orlando Magic selected him first overall over UConn junior Emeka Okafor.
Dwight Howard has become an eight-time All-Star and has received seven All-NBA selections, and a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Gatorade Player of the Year awards

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That same year, Howard was widely recognized as the best American high school basketball player, and he was awarded the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the Morgan Wootten High School Player of the Year Award, Gatorade National Player of the Year and the McDonald's National High School Player of the Year honor.

2009 NBA Finals

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In 2009, he led the team to the NBA Finals.
The two team captains (the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Magic's Dwight Howard) were teammates and starters on the United States men's national team the previous summer, winning a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

McDonald's All-American Game

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He was also co-MVP (with J. R. Smith) of the McDonald's All-American Game that year.

Kevin Garnett

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Following his high school successes, Howard chose to forego college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft—a decision partly inspired by his idol Kevin Garnett who had done the same in 1995—where the Orlando Magic selected him first overall over UConn junior Emeka Okafor.
Garnett did not immediately leap to stardom as later prep-to-pro prospects such as Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Dwight Howard would, but he did have a very respectable rookie year.

J. R. Smith

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He was also co-MVP (with J. R. Smith) of the McDonald's All-American Game that year.
After winning co-MVP alongside Dwight Howard at the 2004 McDonald's All-American Game, Smith decided to forgo college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft.

2007 NBA All-Star Game

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On February 1, 2007, he received his first NBA All-Star selection as a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.
LeBron James led the Eastern Conference with 28 points, six rebounds and six assists and Dwight Howard tallied 20 points and 12 boards.

List of NBA All-Stars

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He is an eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy

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Howard, who plays center, spent his high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

2004–05 NBA season

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He finished his rookie season with an average of 12 points and 10 rebounds, setting several NBA records in the process.

Los Angeles Lakers

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Dwight David Howard II (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
On August 10, 2012, in a four-team trade the Lakers traded Andrew Bynum and acquired Dwight Howard.

2009 NBA All-Star Game

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He garnered a record 3.1 million votes to earn the starting berth on the Eastern Conference team for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic topped the All-Star Ballots with 3,150,181 votes, which earned him a starting position in the Eastern Conference team.

Houston Rockets

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Following a one-year stint with the Lakers, he played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards.
Also, they pursued free agent center Dwight Howard in the 2013 off-season.

Shaquille O'Neal

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Orlando coach Brian Hill—responsible for grooming former Magic superstar Shaquille O'Neal—decided that Howard should be converted into a full-fledged center.
In a matchup against Orlando on March 3, 2009, O'Neal was outscored by Magic center Dwight Howard, 21–19.

Atlanta Hawks

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Following a one-year stint with the Lakers, he played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. They went on to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of 2011 NBA Playoffs.
On July 12, 2016, Dwight Howard agreed to return home to Atlanta on a three-year, $70 million contract with the Hawks.

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Dwight David Howard II (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

2008 NBA playoffs

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Howard led the Magic to their first division title in 12 years and to the third seed for the 2008 NBA Playoffs.
Scoring 25 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, Dwight Howard gave the Magic their first playoffs win since 2003 as they practically led the entire game.

Center (basketball)

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Howard, who plays center, spent his high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.
Another heralded young prospect, Dwight Howard, has used his exceptional vertical leap to become one of the top rebounders in the NBA.

2009–10 NBA season

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In the 2009–10 season, the Magic got off to a strong start, winning 17 of their first 21 games and setting a franchise record.
In a miscellaneous note, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic set a Guinness World Record for the longest basketball shot while sitting down, at 52 ft 6 in, during Jam Session.

2010 NBA All-Star Game

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On January 21, 2010, Howard was named as the starting center for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.
Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard completed the Eastern Conference starting position.

Rising Stars Challenge

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He was selected to play on the Sophomore Team in the 2006 Rookie Challenge during the All-Star break.

2011 NBA playoffs

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They went on to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of 2011 NBA Playoffs.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic tied a franchise record with 46 points (31 in the first half) in Game 1 of the first round against the Atlanta Hawks, tying Tracy McGrady's total in Game 2 of the 2003 First Round against the Detroit Pistons.

List of first overall NBA draft picks

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He chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic.