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Dwight Howard: The 10 Best Performances From the Magic Center (Thus Far. . .)
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While Dwight Howard certainly isn't polarizing in terms of marketability and likability (he is annually a league leader in All-Star votes, has a massive amount of Twitter followers, and is in national commercials pretty much every day), his skills and value are.

There is no doubt that Howard is an elite player but many will argue if he is elite simply because his position as a center is hardly challenged by other 'true' centers. Some either qualify that DH12 is the best center in the league or just say it outright. His stats are there but key mechanical issues are not (or so it is argued). Either way, Orlando fan or not, everyone seems to have an opinion on how good Howard is: Elite? Great? Pretty good? Only a defender? Only a rebounder?

In a league where the flashy player is king, Howard is never quite given the benefit of the doubt since his offensive game is relatively (or on the surface) one dimensional. And though he doesn't have any shiny rings on his fingers yet, players as offensively, shall we say, 'boring', are consistently shut out of the limelight of respect. Fans come to see points, not blocks.

But as Howard's offensive game has been in constant development, he has remained amazingly consistent in almost every other area: defense, rebounding, passing, intangibles, leadership, team improvement, playoff advancement, you name it. Here are ten games in which Howard, through the years, has shown that he is truly elite and that he isn't declining anytime soon.

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