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Dwight Howard | Center | #21

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / ORL
Contract: view contract details

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Dwight Howard said he is now pain-free after undergoing a lumbar microdiscectomy back on Nov. 30.
"Oh, I can sit down. I can touch my toes, put my socks on — all the stuff I couldn’t do before the surgery," Howard said. "It feels good to get that stuff off, because I was in a lot of pain. I don’t know how I actually played the way I was playing with what was going on in my body, and I’m just so happy that it’s gone." Thus far, Howard's rehab has simply consisted of walking, which isn't all that surprising given he's just three weeks into a 2-3 month timetable. Markieff Morris has been the primary beneficiary with D12 on the sidelines. Thu, Dec 20, 2018 11:47:00 AM

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Dwight Howard will undergo a surgical procedure to alleviate pain from a gluteal injury and is expected to be sidelined up to two months, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Adrian Wojnarowski of broke the news Thursday night that Howard would likely need surgery. Per Shams: "Howard is undergoing surgery on L4/L5 discs in his spine and hopeful of a return within eight weeks, league sources said." Feel free to send Howard to the waiver wire. Thomas Bryant has started each of the past five games for the Wiz but is averaging just 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in under 16 minutes. Markieff Morris and Kelly Oubre will continue to benefit from Howard's absence.
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 11:17:00 AM

Dwight Howard (glute) will likely need a surgical procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of

According to Woj, "Howard received a recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles today and may seek further consultation before making a final decision on a procedure that could cause him to miss a significant portion of the regular season." Based on how Dwight has been dealing with this since camp, it sure sounds like he's going to opt to have a procedure. With him out, that makes Markieff Morris a player worth owning in standard leagues while Kelly Oubre also benefits. Thomas Bryant will likely continue to start, but he's not making enough of an impact yet.
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 12:25:00 AM

Dwight Howard is not traveling with the Wizards for their two-game road trip and is scheduled to meet with a nerve specialist in Los Angeles to go over his piriformis injury.

That means that Howard will miss Wednesday's game in New Orleans and Friday's game in Philly, and with no positive updates thus far, it wouldn't at all be surprising to see him sit out Saturday's matchup with the Nets as well. We're going to flip him to "out indefinitely," and owners in leagues without an IR-spot should probably consider cutting him at this point. Markieff Morris has been playing well in his absence and is worth owning in most leagues.
Wed, Nov 28, 2018 01:07:00 PM

Dwight Howard (back) is being listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

It's not a great sign that Howard is getting ruled out a full 24 hours in advance of tip-off, and it's concerning that we haven't seen any positive reports regarding him making progress from this gluteal issue. His specific ailment has been defined as piriformis syndrome, which causes pain to radiate from the lower back up the sciatic nerve, so none of this is great for the 33-year-old's outlook. In leagues that don't offer an IR-spot, owners who are struggling in the standings may need to consider moving on.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 06:13:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Rockets.

This will be his fourth straight game on the sidelines, and it's very concerning that the 33-year-old vet with a history of back issues just can't seem to shake this injury. "It's a slow process. He's doing everything he can," said Scott Brooks regarding D12. "We thought he was going to give it a go [Saturday] and he's just not there." Thomas Bryant should get another start, but it's been Markieff Morris who has been the primary beneficiary. Surgery isn't something that's been mentioned at this point, but it wouldn't be surprising if that's eventually put on the table if he continues to not make progress.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 05:28:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Rockets.

Howard has sat out the past three games, and the Wizards haven't offered up any details whether he's making progress or not. He wasn't present at shootaround, and hasn't had any practice time since going down with the buttocks issue, so the odds of him getting out there tonight aren't great. Thomas Bryant figures to earn another start and Markieff Morris will spend some more time at center if he is indeed ruled out.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 03:10:00 PM

Dwight Howard (back) is out on Saturday against the Pelicans.

Anthony Davis is also out, which means both teams will be without their best big guys. Thomas Bryant should garner another start with Howard out.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 07:44:00 PM

Dwight Howard (glute) will be a game-time decision against the Pelicans on Saturday.

The Wizards are on a back-to-back set, so we didn't get any hints earlier today because they had no shootaround. Howard has been dealing with this issue since camp, so it may continue to linger going forward. If he's out Thomas Bryant should get another start in what will be a horrible matchup against Anthony Davis.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 06:29:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) is listed as questionable on the injury report for Saturday's game vs. New Orleans.

Howard has missed each of the Wizards' two prior contests. Thomas Bryant started each of the two games D12 has missed. Bryant is averaging just 7.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.3 minutes over those two starts. Markieff Morris has also seen an uptick in playing time and production, while Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith have not played at all. We should get a definitive update on Howard's later today.
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 01:43:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

This will be the second straight game on the shelf for Howard. Thomas Bryant will draw another start in place of D12. Bryant scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in his first start on Tuesday. Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith did not play in that contest. Markieff Morris had 12/5/2 in 25 minutes off the bench and is probably the biggest beneficiary with Howard out.
Fri, Nov 23, 2018 12:03:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) is listed as questionable for Friday's road game in Toronto.

It's not clear if he's traveling with the Wizards and this injury has plagued him since the summer, so owners should brace themselves for some DNPs. Markieff Morris will get more minutes at center, while Thomas Bryant could start and Jason Smith will absorb backup minutes. There are no clear-cut winners here.
Thu, Nov 22, 2018 07:39:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) did not practice Wednesday and it's unclear if he'll travel with the team for Friday's game in Toronto.

Scott Brooks said that Howard's gluteal issue is "no better and no worse" than it was before, which isn't great news considering he was struggling to put on socks on Sunday. The Wizards continue to list him as day-to-day, and while surgery hasn't been discussed, that could eventually enter the conversation if he's not able to shake this injury. Thomas Bryant started in his place on Tuesday, but didn't do much, and Ian Mahinmi picked up another DNP-CD. Markieff Morris might be the biggest beneficiary while D12 is out.
Wed, Nov 21, 2018 01:36:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) will sit out Tuesday's game against the Clippers, and Thomas Bryant will draw the start in his place.

Howard had trouble sitting down and putting on his socks on Sunday and sat out Monday's practice, so it's not surprising at all to see him hit the sidelines. The Wizards are calling him "day-to-day," but given the 32-year-old's history with back issues, he could certainly be looking at a lengthy absence here. We haven't seen much of Bryant this season, but he's on the radar as a punt play in DFS with the increased opportunity.
Tue, Nov 20, 2018 05:24:00 PM

Dwight Howard (gluteal soreness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

Howard did not practice on Monday and had difficulty putting on his socks on Sunday, so we'd say he's much closer to doubtful for Tuesday's game. Owners can expect to get another update following shootaround, but if he is out, Ian Mahinmi would be in line for a start and Markieff Morris would spend more time operating as a small-ball five-man. Stay tuned.
Mon, Nov 19, 2018 06:18:00 PM

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PF1Jeff Green
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C1Dwight Howard
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