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Dwight Howard | Center | #12

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / ORL
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Dwight Howard is reportedly "strongly" considering returning to the Magic as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Howard is expected to opt out of his deal this offseason in order to hit free agency, and with the way things ended for the Rockets this season, it would be surprising to see D-12 back in Houston. The Bucks, Hornets and Blazers have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Howard, and there's sure to be a few more names added to this list as we get closer to free agency. It's worth noting, however, that Orlando to this point has not expressed interest in a reunion. Apr 28 - 4:38 PM

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Dwight Howard declined to comment on his future with the Rockets.

Howard can opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but declined to discuss his plans. "It didn’t go the way we wanted to go," D-12 said. "We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves." After a season of rumored feuding with James Harden, it would be a surprise to see Howard return to the Rockets.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 9:45 AM

The Rockets collapsed on Wednesday, losing 114-81, with Dwight Howard contributing eight points (3-of-13 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), 21 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 45 minutes.

This is the first time in the series that Howard attempted more than 10 field goals, a fact that wasn't lost on coach J.B. Bickerstaff. "We just gotta get him the ball," Bickerstaff said before the game. "We feel like we have an advantage in the post." More touches didn't help Howard tonight and his season ends on a dour note. He has a $23.3 million player option this summer and will likely go for another long-term deal in free agency, so it will be interesting to see how hard teams pursue him at this stage of his career.
Source: AP
Apr 28 - 1:23 AM

Dwight Howard is reportedly expected to leave the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Thus far, the Magic, Hornets, Bucks and Blazers have been mentioned as the early favorites to land Howard's services, but we still have a long ways to go until free agency begins. For now, Howard will try and help the Rockets to a Game 5 win over the Warriors on Wednesday in order to send the series back to Houston for a Game 6.
Source: ESPN
Apr 27 - 1:59 PM

The Mavericks won't pursue Dwight Howard if he becomes a free agent, according to league sources.

Howard is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it doesn't look like the Mavs will be in on D-12 if he is looking for a max contract. While the Mavericks will be in the market for frontcourt help this summer, Howard will have likely have a team offer him max contract after averaging 13.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.0 steals in 2015-16.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 9:35 AM

Dwight Howard scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in Sunday's loss to the Warriors.

Howard added 15 boards and one block in 36 minutes, but he had another meltdown at the free throw line, connecting on just 5-of-13 FTs. The Rockets could be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss in Game 5 on Wednesday, so Howard will need to have a monster night just to keep the game close -- the Rockets were outscored by 27 points in the second half with Stephen Curry (ankle) on the shelf.
Apr 24 - 6:50 PM

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale said in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio that Dwight Howard isn't the same scorer he used to be.

"Throw it down to him occasionally, but if you throw it down to him on a steady diet the poor guy just can't get down low and move any more," McHale said. "I think that back bothered him, his hips are tight from that and he just wasn't the same player." It's true that D12 hasn't been the same player after battling countless injuries to his back and knees, and he hasn't been dominant against the Warriors in the playoffs with averages of 13.0 points, 11.3 boards and 1.7 blocks. We'll see if Howard has a response in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 11:17 AM

Dwight Howard scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 13 rebounds in Thursday's win over the Warriors, adding two assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes.

He still got plenty of minutes, but he didn't play much down the stretch because the Warriors wanted to put him on the foul line where he hit just 1-of-6 attempts. Howard has double-doubled in all three games of this series, but he hasn't been dominant by any means. For what it's worth, Howard didn't exactly look thrilled when James Harden hit the game winner, and you can check out his reaction in the link below.
Apr 22 - 12:50 AM

Dwight Howard fouled out in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Monday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three turnovers.

This was bad. Howard just gave the Rockets no energy as he could not protect the paint or do anything on offense. The chances of him being on the Rockets next season likely dropped after this dud. He had a game-low minus-22 in plus-minus and once again he didn't get offensive looks. After Game 1, Draymond Green questioned the Rockets for not giving Howard enough shots. He just can't be trusted right now.
Apr 19 - 1:24 AM

Dwight Howard said that he won't demand more touches in Game 2 vs. the Warriors on Monday.

"As a competitor, I’m going to get the job done, no matter what it takes," Howard said. "If I get the ball, if I don’t get the ball, if I score two points or I score 30 points. I got to go out there and play as hard as I can as long as I’m on the floor, that’s all that really matters." Howard scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in Game 1, but he hasn't seen double-digit touches in consecutive games since early March. Howard didn't play well and had five turnovers, so he's going to have to step up if the Rockets want to avoid a sweep.
Source: ESPN
Apr 18 - 10:53 AM

Dwight Howard struggled against the Warriors on Saturday, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

It was a game to forget with his five turnovers. Howard was outplayed by his teammate Clint Capela in this game, which cannot continue for the Rockets. The Rockets are likely looking at a sweep with several blowouts unless Howard can play a lot better.
Apr 16 - 6:30 PM

Dwight Howard grabbed 13 rebounds in 33 minutes of action on Sunday, but he scored only nine points on 4-of-7 FGs and 1-of-3 FTs.

The Rockets' purported anchor in the paint is averaging a mere 8.1 points over his past nine games, on 5.5 shot attempts per game. His marginal role in the offense is taking a chunk out of his fantasy appeal, but he still helped owners on Sunday with two steals and three blocks to accompany his work on the boards.
Apr 10 - 6:18 PM

Dwight Howard scored 14 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and one block in 34 minutes during a loss to the Mavs on Wednesday.

He did not play all the clutch minutes with some free throw concerns. Howard missed all four shots from the line in this game, which obviously is the Achilles heel to his offensive game. Howard played well outside of the free throw woes and he should be a big part of the game plan the rest of the way. This loss obviously hurts the Rockets' playoff chances.
Apr 7 - 12:24 AM

Shaquille O'Neal thinks a return to the Orlando Magic would be a good move for Dwight Howard.

Howard can opt out of this contract after the 2015-16 season and O'Neal thinks a return to Orlando would make a lot of sense for the big man. "I think it would be good for the city," O’Neal said. "First of all, after the first time he left, letting a big young guy get away, it shouldn’t happen a second time. All the puzzle [pieces] have to fit." While Howard has an interesting summer ahead of him, he still has a regular season to finish and is worth a nightly start as long as he's healthy.
Apr 5 - 9:46 AM

Foul trouble limited Dwight Howard to just 20 minutes during Sunday's win over the Thunder, and he finished the game with just four points, eight boards, two assists, one steal and zero blocks.

The Rockets keep talking about how they need to get Howard more involved offensively, but that continues to be something that just doesn't ever really happen. D12 did have a nice month in February, but he has regressed over the past month with averages of 10.3 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.8 swats and 2.1 turnovers per game. His usage rate has also dipped to 15.6 over the past 15 games, and it'll be interesting to see if any of this influences Howard's decision as a free agent this offseason.
Apr 3 - 7:19 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
SG1James Harden
2Jason Terry
3Andrew Goudelock
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Corey Brewer
3K.J. McDaniels
4Sam Dekker
PF1Donatas Motiejunas
2Michael Beasley
3Clint Capela
4Terrence Jones
5Montrezl Harrell
6Josh Smith
C1Dwight Howard