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Dwight Howard | Center | #12

Team: Charlotte Hornets
Age / DOB:  (31) / 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 went off against his former Hawks team on Friday with 20 points (8-of-12 FGs), 10 rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.
Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins weren't able to contain Howard in the paint, but his night wasn't all good as he hit 4-of-8 free throws and turned the ball over six times. Cody Zeller wasn't able to play with a right knee bruise and could miss more time, so Howard will get a bump in minutes until his backup returns to action. If you're punting free throws, you should be happy with Howard's start as a Hornet. Oct 20 - 10:51 PM

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Dwight Howard double-doubled in his first game as a Hornet, finishing with 10 points (5-of-9 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes.

Howard's deficiencies as a fantasy option are well-established, but it's worth noting that he can still rack up the stats -- he finished sixth in the NBA with 53 double-doubles last season. His minutes should hover around 30 per game, with Cody Zeller as his backup, which is just what owners expected on draft day. So far, so good.
Oct 18 - 10:39 PM

Dwight Howard hit 6-of-11 shots and 4-of-6 free throws for 16 points, six rebounds, four steals and zero blocks in 23 minutes of Monday's preseason loss to the Heat.

Howard had a double-double last Wednesday and looked good again tonight. He's going to be a fixture in the middle for the Hornets, but if you draft him, you've got to be prepared for the free throw nightmare that's coming along with him.
Oct 9 - 11:08 PM

Dwight Howard double-doubled for the first time as a Hornet on Wednesday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

Dwight scored nine of Charlotte's first 12 points tonight before cooling off, and he did his damage in just 23 minutes. In the only-in-the-preseason department, Dwight managed to dribble coast-to-coast tonight, before spinning in the lane and dunking over Boban Marjanovic (link below).
Oct 4 - 10:25 PM

Dwight Howard (back) had a positive preseason debut for the Hornets, notching seven points (2-of-6 FGs) with 10 rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes.

Rebounding has never been an issue for Howard, but his free throw percentage and durability concerns makes him a poor option in standard fantasy leagues -- he shot 3-of-8 from the line tonight and has been limited in training camp with back tightness. It makes sense for the Hornets to manage his minutes, so he could be in a timeshare with Cody Zeller (seven points in 19 minutes).
Oct 2 - 10:37 PM

Dwight Howard (back) went through scrimmages on Friday.

This is a good sign after he was limited to non-contact stuff on Thursday. Howard's back has been a problem for him in his career, so this will be something to watch during camp and beyond. If he is limited, the Hornets would up the minutes of Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky.
Sep 29 - 3:59 PM

Dwight Howard (back tightness) was limited to non-contact work at Thursday's practice.

He was also limited on Wednesday. It only took Howard a couple days to pick up an injury on his new team, but luckily it's not something that should affect his status for opening night. He'll open the season as the starting center, but given his age and durability concerns, he could be in a timehsare with Cody Zeller. Treveon Graham (hamstring) was also limited.
Sep 28 - 12:35 PM

Dwight Howard (back tightness) was limited during Wednesday's practice.

Howard missed three games during the 2016-17 season due to back issues, and this is been a chronic problem for roughly the past six years. Luckily, he has plenty of time to rest up for the regular-season, but don't be surprised if the Hornets take it very easy on him during training camp.
Sep 27 - 1:51 PM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford confirmed that Dwight Howard will start at center over Cody Zeller this season.

"Dwight is still an elite defender," Clifford said. "He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever been around." As for the rest of the lineup, it's the same as last season with Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marvin Williams joining Dwight. Howard is entering his age-32 season and has been slowed down by injuries the last few years, and he's a poor target in standard leagues because he will singlehandedly tank your FT percentage. As good as Zeller was last season, this could easily become a timeshare.
Sep 10 - 1:09 PM

Coach Steve Clifford said Dwight Howard fits with the team and "the way we play."

"So much of our [NBA] game has become a 3-point game, but most teams still get those shots from inside-out," Clifford said. "To me, he still has a big paint presence at both ends of the floor." The Hornets claim to fame last season was keeping their turnovers down, but they ranked 20th in the NBA for total rebounding rate. Howard getting yet another chance could be a positive and don't forget Clifford has already transformed one former Hawk into an asset with Marvin Williams. We still can't sign off on Dwight as a strong target in nine-category leagues.
Aug 19 - 5:04 PM

Dwight Howard said that he belives he will excel with the Hornets and that Charlotte is the "perfect opportunity" for him.

Howard admitted that he has heard plenty of disparaging comments, but is motivated to prove the doubters wrong. "A lot of people have written me off, which is great because it's going to make me work even harder," Howard said. D12 also believes his improved health will play a part in his resurgence. "I think I'm a lot healthier than I have been in the past five years and I think this is going to be my best time." Despite Howard's optimism, this is a situation to avoid from a fantasy perspective, due to the crowded frontcourt in Charlotte
Jun 27 - 10:48 AM

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he hasn't decided if Dwight Howard will start over Cody Zeller next season.

Howard is entering his age-32 season and the Hornets have a lot of depth up front in Zeller, Frank Kaminsky and Marvin Williams, so his minutes could be dialed back. He obviously has a long injury history, so that's probably a good thing. The Hornets have committed $54 million to Zeller over the next four years and he has been informed by coach Steve Clifford that his role won't diminish, so maybe this becomes a timeshare. Fantasy owners should move both Howard and Zeller down their draft boards.
Jun 22 - 10:01 AM

The Hawks have traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

You know Howard's career is going downhill fast when the Hawks have to attach the 31st pick to the big man in order to obtain Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick. Howard does have a strong connection with Hornets coach Steve Clifford because of their time together in Orlando, so on paper it's not a bad fit. Howard is entering his age-32 season and is owed $57 million over the next two seasons, but the Hornets will be hoping that he can anchor their defense as they look to get back into the postseason.
Jun 20 - 9:08 PM

Dwight Howard said he wants to expand his range to try and lengthen his career.

"I’ve been working on my 3s," Howard said. "Really trying to add some range to my game. Which is gonna be weird for people to see, I guess, they’re used to seeing me in the paint, battling. But in order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game." Over the past five seasons, Howard has connected on just 24.3 percent of his jump shots, and through 13 years of NBA experience, he's gone just 5-of-56 from beyond the arc; so D12 becoming a threat from distance seems unrealistic.
Jun 7 - 11:48 AM

New general manager Travis Schlenk said Dwight Howard still has a place with the Hawks.

"There is a reason Atlanta was one of the top five defenses in the league," Schlenk said. "He was a big part of that." Howard still has two years left on his deal, but he is going to turn 32 during the early part of next season. Plus, Dwight was on the bench quite a bit after the Ersan Ilyasova trade, so being another year older could hurt his minutes even more. With so much hard contact on Dwight and plenty of back injuries, it'll be interesting to see how he holds up through the rest of this contract.
Jun 2 - 3:38 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Julyan Stone
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
3Johnny O'Bryant
C1Dwight Howard
2Cody Zeller