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Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard
Howard in 2011
NameDwight Howard
CaptionHoward in 2011
Height Ft6|height_in=11|weight_lb=265
TeamOrlando Magic
Number12
PositionCenter
Birth DateDecember 8, 1985(age 30)
Birth PlaceAtlanta, Georgia
High SchoolSouthwest Atlanta Christian Academy
NationalityAmerican
Draft Round1
Draft Pick1
Draft Year2004
Draft TeamOrlando Magic
Career Start2004
Years1  present|team1=Orlando Magic
Highlights * 3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (   ) * 5× NBA All-Star (2007 2011) * 4× All-NBA First Team (   ) * All-NBA Third Team ( ) * 3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (   ) * NBA All-Defensive Second Team ( ) * NBA Slam Dunk Champion (2008) * NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005) * Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2004)

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Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Howard, who usually plays center but can also play power forward, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA Draft, and was selected first overall by the Magic. A five-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA team selection, four-time All-Defensive member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records. He has led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal.

Before he was drafted in 2004, Howard said that he wanted to use his NBA career and Christian faith to "raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world". In November 2009, he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which awards athletes for their charitable work.


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