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Career PPG: 18.2
Career RPG: 12.9
Career BPG: 2.2
Ladies and Gentlemen, Superman has arrived! Does anyone else remember when fans at Madison Square Garden chanted, “Kwame Junior!” when Dwight Howard walked across the stage as the first overall pick of the 2004 draft? They were, of course, suggesting that Howard would be another bust like Kwame Brown was, simply because they’re both large centers who were drafted first overall straight out of high school. Oh, how incredibly perceptive New Yorkers are!
Since that day, Howard has gone on to earn the label as one of the greatest defensive players ever in just seven seasons in the NBA. He is a freak of nature athletically, an insane jumper and a giant mass of muscle that strikes fear into any opposing player who dares to take the ball to the rim when he is on the floor.
Howard makes dunking and shot blocking look way too easy on a nightly basis in the NBA. He has won the Defensive Player of the Year award in each of the last three seasons, becoming the first player to ever win the award three consecutive times. He’s also a five-time All-Star and an Olympic Gold Medalist.
The only thing missing from D12’s resume is an NBA title. He was close in 2009, but his Orlando Magic lost to the L.A. Lakers in the finals. He still has plenty of time to get that ring though, even if it’s not with the Magic.