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Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).He is an eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
In the second round against the Boston Celtics, after the Magic blew a lead in Game 5 to fall behind 3–2 in the series, Howard publicly stated that he should have been given the ball more and questioned coach Stan Van Gundy's tactics.Howard set numerous franchise and league records during his time with the Magic. In 2012, after eight seasons with Orlando, Howard was traded to the Lakers.Following a one-year stint with the Lakers, he played for the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. and Sheryl Howard, and into a family with strong athletic connections.On January 21, 2010, Howard was named as the starting center for the East in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game.The Magic completed the regular season with 59 wins and their third consecutive division title.In Game 4, despite Howard putting up 21 rebounds and a Finals record of 9 blocks in a game, the Magic lost in overtime.
In the 2009–10 season, the Magic got off to a strong start, winning 17 of their first 21 games and setting a franchise record.
Howard, who plays center, spent his high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.
He chose to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic.
Hill identified two areas where Howard needed to improve: his post-up game and his defense.
He exerted extra pressure on Howard, saying that the Magic would need him to emerge as a force in the middle before the team had a chance at the playoffs.
That same year, Howard was widely recognized as the best American high school basketball player, and he was awarded the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award, the Morgan Wootten High School Player of the Year Award, Gatorade National Player of the Year and the Mc Donald's National High School Player of the Year honor.