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Dwight Howard | Center | #12

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/8/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (1) / ORL
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Dwight Howard says he has lost 23 pounds this summer and wants to play until he is 40.
Howard's trainer says that D12 weighed in at 285 pounds with 12.5 percent body fat when they first began working together in 2017. Now, Howard is down to 265 pounds with 3.3 percent body fat. His trainers are aiming to re-shape his game as well. By slimming down, Howard wants to be able to get up and down the floor quicker in transition. He's also shooting more 3-pointers in practice. "It’s either evolve, adapt or get left behind," said Howard. Aug 14 - 12:39 PM

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Scott Brooks believes that Dwight Howard's rebounding ability will lead to Washington playing at a higher tempo.

"We want to play fast," Brooks said. "How do you play fast? You don't play fast by getting the ball out from the net. You've gotta get it off the rim and get it out and run." Washington ranked 18th in the league in both pace and defensive rebounding percentage last season, and that was with the tandem of Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi getting the minutes at center. By comparison Charlotte, where Howard averaged 12.5 rebounds per game last season, ranked 8th in pace and first in defensive rebounding percentage. Doing a better job on the boards would get John Wall and company more opportunities in the open floor, which could only help for fantasy purposes.
Aug 9 - 5:46 PM

The Warriors called Dwight Howard about signing with them and he "thought about it."

"But once John sent me that message," Howard said. "I was like man. I couldn't tell him at first, but I was like 'man, I'm going to be a Wizard.' That was my mindset." There were reports that he was interested in signing with the Warriors, but it turns out it was John Wall's recruiting that steered him away. Howard will be an upgrade from Marcin Gortat for the Wizards.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 30 - 11:41 AM

At his introductory press conference, Dwight Howard thanked John Wall for "asking him to join this team."

This seems a little odd after all John Wall said about the signing was that it's "pretty interesting." Dwight also mentioned that he wants to play another good eight years and that he plans to retire in Washington. If this were the case he would be retiring a Wizard after the 2025-2026 season at the age of 40. As far as a team outlook, Howard said, " I think we're going to shock a lot of people." We also found out he'll wear No. 21 in D.C., something new for him.
Jul 23 - 1:26 PM

John Wall recently described the Wizards' personnel moves this offseason, including the trade for Dwight Howard, as "pretty interesting."

Faint praise indeed. "Even though [Howard] is older, he's still an athletic big averaging 16 [points] and 12 [rebounds]," Wall said. He also described Howard as a lob threat, adding that if teams cheat off Dwight defensively during pick-and-roll action or drives to the rim, "Not only do you get more layups, probably, you get more wide open threes." With only Ian Mahinmi and Thomas Bryant behind Howard at center on an expensive team hungry for playoff success, and Wall feeding him easy buckets around the rim, Dwight couldn't have asked for a softer landing spot for fantasy.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 22 - 11:06 PM

The Wizards signed Dwight Howard on Wednesday.

It's a two-year deal reported to be worth $11 million, but the second season is a player option. Howard should step into the starting lineup right away and is coming off a nice year with 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, so he'll be a mid-round option for fantasy owners punting free throws.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 12 - 9:59 AM

Dwight Howard will sign a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

It's a player option on the second season for Dwight, who has now played for three teams in the Southeast Division in a little over a year. The Wizards desperately needed a big man, and perhaps they had their eye on Howard even before the Marcin Gortat deal.
Jul 6 - 5:35 PM

Dwight Howard has reportedly finalized a buyout with the Nets, and he will sign a one-year deal for the tax mid-level exception with the Wizards.

Howard can't officially put pen to paper on his new contract with the Wizards until the end of the league’s annual moratorium on transactions at 12:01 a.m. on July 6, but this is essentially a done deal. D-12 will start in Washington, and he'll be a double-double threat on a nightly basis. As always, if you can tolerate the horrendous free throw shooting, he'll be someone to consider taking towards the later rounds.
Jul 3 - 5:30 PM

The Wizards will reportedly be "at the front of the line" to offer a contract to Dwight Howard once his buyout with the Nets is completed.

After sending away Marcin Gortat, the Wizards are in the market for a big man, and while not quite as athletic as he used to be, Howard would fit the mold of the "athletic big" that John Wall has been campaigning for. D12 made it through 81 games last season, putting in averages of 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 swats per game on 55.5% shooting from the field and 57.4% from the stripe, and he should be able to flirt with similar numbers in Washington.
Jul 3 - 5:08 PM

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Warriors continue to insist that they will not be pursuing Dwight Howard in free agency despite persistent rumblings to the contrary.

Nothing will be official on Dwight until July 6, but he is expected to be a free agent after a trade and buyout with the Nets. Howard is likely to be a consolation prize for teams that missed on guys like DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins or Clint Capela, and he may have to fit into a team's midlevel exception -- or the smaller taxpayer MLE.
Jun 30 - 2:42 PM

Dwight Howard and the Nets will negotiate a buyout, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

This comes as a surprise one day after the Nets reportedly acquired Howard in a trade for Timofey Mozgov. If a buyout is reached, Howard will enter free agency next month, but the NBA won't be announcing this trade officially until next month. The former Defensive Player of the Year continues to be passed around the NBA, and it's hard to believe the Nets basically acquired him for his contract. It will be interesting to see what kind of market Howard gets after a very strong year in Charlotte. This news is obviously fantastic news for Jarrett Allen.
Jun 21 - 2:08 PM

The Hornets are finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash considerations.

The fact that the best the Hornets get in a trade involving D12 was Mozgov and a few second-rounders tells you all you need to know about the former Defensive Player of the Year's value entering his 15th year in the league. Howard will likely open the year as Brooklyn's starting five-man, which is absolutely terrible news for Jarrett Allen's outlook, while his departure from Charlotte will open up minutes for Willy Hernangomez.

Dwight Howard posted a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's loss to the Pacers, adding two assists, one steal and three turnovers across 23 minutes.

Howard has had a nice season in Charlotte, not missing a single game due to injury while coming through with averages of 16.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 swats and 2.6 turnovers per game on 55.6% shooting from the field and 57.5% from the stripe. However, with the Hornets missing the postseason, they may not want to keep D12 around for next year, and he will have some value on the open market on a $23.5 million expiring deal.
Apr 8 - 4:06 PM

Dwight Howard posted his 50th double-double of the season on Tuesday, setting a Hornets' franchise record for most double-doubles in a season with 23 points and 17 rebounds.

Howard went 7-of-11 from the field and 9-of-13 from the charity stripe for a 68.8 true shooting percentage to go with three assists, two swats and three turnovers over 32 minutes. D12 has been solid in his age-32 season with averages of 16.7 points, 12.3 boards and 1.6 blocks per contest on 55.6% shooting from the field and 57.0% from the stripe.
Apr 3 - 11:34 PM

Dwight Howard had a 10-point, 10-board double-double in Sunday's loss to the 76ers, adding one steal, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Howard got into some early foul trouble, and with the game essentially being over by the third quarter, D12 didn't log any fourth quarter minutes. He did, however, record his 49th double-double of the season today, which tied him with Larry Johnson for the most single-season double-doubles in franchise history. He could set the single-season record on Tuesday in Chicago.
Apr 1 - 3:58 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1John Wall
2Tomas Satoransky
3Chasson Randle
SG1Bradley Beal
2Austin Rivers
3Jodie Meeks
SF1Otto Porter
2Kelly Oubre
3Troy Brown Jr.
PF1Markieff Morris
2Jeff Green
3Jason Smith
4Devin Robinson
C1Dwight Howard
2Ian Mahinmi
3Thomas Bryant