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Dwight Howard | Center | #21

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 (piriformis) will not play on Saturday against the Raptors.
He has been progressing and coach Scott Brooks was asked about it. "He's getting closer, you know, we just have to continue to give him some good work," Brooks said. Howard might be able to return next week, but given his history this could be a lingering problem. Ian Mahinmi will likely get the start again while Jason Smith, Jeff Green and Markieff Morris get a few extra minutes. Oct 20 - 5:24 PM

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Dwight Howard (sore lower back) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. the Raptors.

Howard sat out the Wizards season-opener on Thursday. Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported that Howard "still needs more practice time" before making his season debut. This is only a game-notes designation, so we won't read to much into it. We should have an update following Saturday morning's shootaround. Ian Mahinmi started at center on Thursday, but logged only 12 minutes. Jason Smith played 15 minutes off the bench.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 19 - 12:46 PM

Dwight Howard (sore lower back) will sit out Thursday's game vs. Miami.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, Dwight "still needs more practice time" before making his season debut. Ian Mahinmi should have a full workload tonight and the Wizards haven't been shy about using Markieff Morris at center, either, which makes both guys viable in DFS.
Oct 18 - 6:09 PM

Markieff Morris said we'll "get a glimpse" of Dwight Howard (lower back) on Thursday, implying that Howard will be available.

Dwight went through shootaround and is listed as 'questionable', but barring a setback it sounds like he should be ready to go. He's been sidelined throughout training camp and the preseason, though, and the likelihood of limited minutes makes him a guy to avoid in DFS and leagues with games-played caps.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

Dwight Howard (back) was a full participant at Thursday's shootaround and is officially listed as questionable for Thursday's season opener vs. Miami.

D12 was spotted going through contact work with Thomas Bryant well after shootaround ended, and he's been able to practice four days in a row, so things are trending in a positive direction regarding his status for tonight's opener against Miami. If he is able to play, he'll likely be dealing with a minutes limit, so he's not the most attractive DFS target. Ian Mahinmi won't be worth using in most leagues if Howard is active.
Oct 18 - 12:46 PM

Dwight Howard (back) was again a full participant at Wednesday's practice.

That's now three days in a row that D12 has got in a full practice, but Scott Brooks still won't commit to him being available for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Heat. Apparently, Howard is still trying to regain his vertical leap, which was affected by the injury, and the Wizards have made it clear they won't rush his recovery. Check back for another update following Thursday morning's shootaround.
Oct 17 - 2:13 PM

Scott Brooks said he won't be making a decision on Dwight Howard's status for Thursday's regular-season opener until the day of the game.

Howard was able to get in a full practice on Monday, but the back/butt issue forced him to miss all of camp, so his conditioning might not be where it needs to be. The Wizards won't be rushing him back, so for now, we'd say he's 50-50 for Thursday's game. If he's out, Ian Mahinmi would draw the start at center, and he'd be someone to consider as a streamer.
Oct 16 - 2:46 PM

Dwight Howard (back) practiced in full on Monday.

This was the first time Howard has got through a full practice since camp opened up in September, so while he may not be where he needs to be conditioning-wise, it now seems like there's a chance he could be cleared in time for Thursday's regular-season opener vs. Miami. Even if he's not ready by opening night, it looks like he'll be back shortly after that, and once that happens, Ian Mahinmi will lose most of his value.
Oct 15 - 2:09 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said that Dwight Howard (piriformis) could return to the court for light training work as early as Monday.

Howard saw a specialist in New York earlier this week and received a pain-relieving injection. "He's been resting and getting treatment the last few days," Brooks said. The Wizards first game is Oct. 18 against the Miami Heat. Per Wizards reporter Chase Hughes, "[Howard] is almost certain to be out for that game." Coach Brooks reiterated the Wizards plan to take their time. "We're in no rush. It's a long season and we would love to have him," Brooks said.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 13 - 12:57 PM

Head coach Scott Brooks would not commit to Dwight Howard (piriformis) being ready for the regular-season opener if he misses the preseason.

"He’s going to get a pain-relieving injection and hopefully early next week, he’ll be back on the court and be ready to play," Brooks said. "I don’t know what that means for the first game, but we’re just gonna take it day by day." D12's injury is not believed to be serious, but prolonged rest is typically the only remedy for a back issue, and this is concerning given Howard's history of back problems. It looks like Ian Mahinmi will begin the year as Washington's starting center, so he could be worth a flier in deep leagues.
Source: NBA
Oct 10 - 9:50 AM

Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a piriformis injury, which is a muscle in the buttocks, but it is not believed to be a serious issue.

Howard received the diagnosis from a specialist in New York and recently returned to D.C. to receive a pain injection. While the injury is not considered serious, there's a chance that this becomes a nagging issue throughout the year as D12 has a history with back problems, so he should be bumped down a few rounds on everyone's draft board. If he's not cleared for opening night, Ian Mahinmi will fill his slot as Washington's starting five-man.
Oct 9 - 4:18 PM

Dwight Howard experienced a setback with his back issue this weekend and has returned to D.C. to receive a pain injection.

Howard consulted with a specialist in New York after experiencing the setback on Saturday, so this isn't something to shrug at. He's entering his age-33 season, has a history of back issues and hasn't been able to participate much at all at training camp, so there's reasonable cause for concern here. Hopefully, the pain injection alleviates whatever he's dealing with, but surgery could be on the table if things don't clear up. If he's forced to miss time, Ian Mahinmi will likely open the year as Washington's starting center.
Oct 8 - 6:18 PM

Dwight Howard (sore back) didn't practice on Thursday and he will not play on Friday.

The Wizards have downplayed the severity of this injury and said it's unrelated to the back issues that plagued Howard earlier in his career. Nevertheless, he's now missed most of training camp and the early stages of preseason. Fantasy owners are forced to knock him down a few rounds until we've seen him on the court.
Oct 4 - 2:37 PM

Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Tuesday, although he was able to go through some individual work with the coaches.

Howard was also spotted getting some shots up prior to Monday's preseason game, but head coach Scott Brooks isn't sticking to any official timetable. He appears to be making progress, but we'd expect the Wizards to take it easy on the 32-year-old veteran during these exhibition games. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Friday's matchup with the Heat.
Oct 2 - 2:51 PM

Scott Brooks would not commit to an official timetable for Dwight Howard (back) on Monday.

When Brooks was asked for an update on D12, he mentioned that he did some light work on Saturday, but said he wasn't sure when Howard will be able to get back to the court. Howard has had a season derailed by back issues in the past, so he's not off to a great start in Washington.
Oct 1 - 6:28 PM

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