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Dwight Howard | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
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Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Sacramento.
Howard is going to sit either Wednesday's game vs. the Kings, or Thursday's game vs. the Mavericks, and owners can expect another update on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. When he sits, Joey Dorsey will slot into the starting center spot, although he can only be viewed as a rebounding specialist in extremely deep leagues. Josh Smith, however, will get all the run he can handle when Dwight is out of commission, and he's the guy that should be targeted in daily leagues. Mar 31 - 4:41 PM

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Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Raptors.

Howard was already ruled out of the contest, and this is just a reminder that he's not cleared to play in back-to-back sets. Without Howard available, the Rockets will have to rely on starting Joey Dorsey inside, going small often and Josh Smith playing all of the minutes he can handle.
Source: ESPN
Mar 30 - 10:14 AM

Dwight Howard managed to put up a double-double despite his minutes restriction on Sunday, with 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting (5-of-8 from the line), 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

Howard has been effective since returning from a two-month absence, posting averages of 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 72.2 percent shooting from the field. However, the Rockets have two back-to-back sets coming next week, meaning Howard has a maximum of two games, so owners in weekly formats should leave him on the bench. He's already been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Wizards, and he'll be forced to sit either Thursday vs. the Kings or Friday vs. the Mavericks. He's a guy whose name is bigger than his game right now, and we wouldn't recommend owning him in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 4:21 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) will play on Sunday vs. the Wizards, but he will not play vs. the Raptors on Monday.

Howard isn't cleared to play in back-to-back sets, so there are no surprises here. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes vs. the Wizards, and even though he isn't a must-start player he should be able to produce enough points, boards and blocks to make an impact in most leagues. Just keep in mind that his free throw shooting is a major liability in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 11:48 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) will either play on Sunday vs. the Wizards or Monday vs. the Raptors according to head coach Kevin McHale.

Howard will warm up and see how he feels before making a decision, so we should have another update in the next hour. Howard will be limited to 20 minutes if he does play, so most owners should probably keep him on their bench for now. If Howard decides to sit this one out, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey will have their hands full in the frontcourt while Trevor Ariza will probably have to play some stretch four as well. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 11:25 AM

Dwight Howard played 20 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 8-of-9 from the field for 18 points with four rebounds, two steals and one block.

All eight of his makes came off an assist and most of those were as the roll man in a pick-and-roll. Howard is not going to play in back-to-back sets, so he's going to miss either Sunday or Monday. On the nights he plays, he should be worth starting as long as you're fine with him not making free throws.
Mar 28 - 2:10 AM

Dwight Howard said he'll have his minutes limit increased to 20 for Friday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

20 minutes may actually be enough time for Howard to rack up some decent statistics against a weak Minnesota frontcourt, so he's someone to consider deploying as a low-end option in very deep leagues. However, the minutes limit, horrendous free throw shooting, and the fact he'll be sitting out of back-to-back sets makes Howard a tough guy to own in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:59 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) is being listed as probable for Friday's game against Minnesota.

There's no reason to think that Dwight won't play Friday after he returned from a two-month absence on Wednesday without experiencing any setbacks. He will however be with a minutes limit, so he's by no means a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Mar 26 - 2:44 PM

Dwight Howard returned from a two-month absence during a win against the Pelicans on Wednesday, playing 16 minutes for four points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block.

He was playing four-minute stints and also committed four fouls. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back sets and should have a minutes cap for a few more games. He's not a must-own player due to his awful foul shooting and upcoming DNPs.
Mar 26 - 1:34 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) will be in the starting lineup on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans according to head coach Kevin McHale, but he will be on a minutes limit.

Howard won't see any more than 16 minutes tonight, but after spending the past two months in street clothes, his owners will just be glad to have him back. His owners will probably want to keep Howard on the bench until he gets his legs under him, but he should be able to provide plenty of points, boards and blocks in the near future. Joey Dorsey will return to the bench and shouldn't have been owned in most leagues anyway. We will let you know how Superman's knee holds up after the game.
Mar 25 - 1:01 PM

Updating a previous report, Dwight Howard (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

All signs are pointing towards Dwight returning to action on Wednesday, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. He will, however, more than likely have a minutes cap, so owners should not be expected a 20-20 game when he returns to the floor after spending the past two months on the sidelines.
Mar 24 - 4:30 PM

Rockets' head coach Kevin McHale said he plans to play Dwight Howard (knee) Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

Howard said he felt good following Tuesday's practice, and he will talk with the Rockets' medical staff tomorrow to determine his availability. Howard will likely return to the starting lineup, which would send Joey Dorsey back to the bench, and he could cut into the production of Josh Smith and Donatas Motiejunas. Dwight will more than likely have a minutes cap, so his upside is going to be limited, at least initially.

Updating a previous item, Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday.

Howard had been listed as doubtful against the Pacers, but he was never expected to make his return on Monday. It remains possible for Dwight to re-debut on Wednesday against the Pelicans. Joey Dorsey is likely to draw the start at center again in Howard's place, but he's not a fantasy option.
Mar 23 - 12:54 PM

Dwight Howard (knee) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

Howard was hopeful to return on either Monday or Wednesday, but he remains without a firm timetable or target date as he works his way back into game action. Howard is not expected to play in back-to-back contest, and we're not expecting a dominant Dwight when Howard does make his return because the team is likely to treat him with kid gloves so he's ready and able for the postseason.
Mar 23 - 9:54 AM

Dwight Howard (knee) is hopeful he'll be able to return to the lineup during the Rocket's upcoming road trip.

Howard referred to his status being upgraded to doubtful as "a big step," and said he was hopeful to return within the next couple of games. Howard also said that he hasn't circled a specific date on his calendar, and his return will be dependent upon how his body responds to the intense workout he underwent on Sunday. He's not likely to make it back to the lineup for Monday's game vs. the Pacers, but it sounds like there's a chance he's able to go on Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. Stay tuned.
Mar 22 - 3:23 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Pablo Prigioni
4Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2K.J. McDaniels
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard
2Joey Dorsey
3Clint Capela