Dwight Howard has been regarded as the NBA’s best center for quite some time now, but despite producing dominant season after dominant season, the big man has yet to earn recognition as the league’s Most Valuable Player.
The NBA MVP award has been within Howard’s grasp before, but he’s always been passed over for the likes of the league’s most flashy perimeter players. In fact, a big man hasn’t won the award since Dirk Nowitzki took home the honors is 2007, and a true center hasn’t won it since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000.
With the exception of 2012, the former Orlando Magic star has been in the top five in MVP voting every year dating back to the 2007-08 season.
Now with the Los Angeles Lakers, the big man is officially in the spotlight, and while his game shouldn’t change at this point in his career, the recognition he receives could propel him to the highest level of success in L.A. moving forward.