Dwight Howard is the work horse of the Orlando Magic. The now 25-year-old center was selected number one overall in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Magic and has since demonstrated the determination and dedication that have made him the face of the franchise.
Howard's resume boasts impressive credentials considering he is a five-time All-Star, three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and a slam dunk champion. He also led the Magic to the finals in 2009 and has averaged a double-double every season of his career.
Howard's numbers speak volumes to the value that he holds in regards to the Magic franchise, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2011-2012 season he will likely be the number one target of many teams in the league.
Many media outlets including ESPN and the Orlando Sentinel have rumored and speculated that Howard may leave the Magic after next season if they do not win a Championship. However, the big man has attempted to dismiss these rumors by insisting that the rumors are "really stupid. And annoying..."
Many teams will be after Howard once his existing contract expires and the Magic will be eagerly praying to re-sign him. If Orlando wants a realistic opportunity to re-sign Howard here are a few things they should aim to do.