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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
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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
Source: ESPN.com

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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

Dwight Howard was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours of April 28, the same day as Atlanta's Game 6 loss to the Wizards.

A police report states that Howard was pulled over for speeding, traveling at 95 mph in a 65 mph zone. Police found that Howard was driving with a suspended registration and without insurance. A Hawks spokesman declined to comment on the incident. Howard, who has intimated he was unhappy with his role in the offense this season, had just nine points and seven rebounds in the series-ending Game 6 loss to Washington.
May 9 - 9:37 AM

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he plans to meet with Dwight Howard "within a week or two" to discuss his limited role during the playoffs.

Howard did not play in the fourth quarter of Game 6 on Friday which was the second time in six playoff games that he did not play in the fourth. "It was very difficult. I want to play," Howard said Saturday. "I want to be on the floor. I want to make an impact. You can't do it on the bench." Howard averaged 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 29.7 minutes per game during the regular season, but those averages dropped to 8.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 26.2 minutes in the postseason. Coach Bud said he went away from Howard because he wanted to "play faster and more spread," so it was more of a matchup move. Howard will be 32 in December and is under contract for two more seasons.
Source: AP
Apr 30 - 9:51 AM

Dwight Howard scored nine points with seven rebounds, one assist two steals and five turnovers in 23 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Not good. Howard has been neutralized for most of this series and just didn't have energy. The Hawks frequently didn't close with Howard once they acquired Ersan Ilyasova and had a healthy Paul Millsap, so there's a decent chance his minutes and production see a hit next year. Howard did see a minutes decrease compared to last season, but he put up similar numbers. He'll be 32 in December.
Apr 28 - 10:21 PM

Dwight Howard followed up Monday's big game with five points, 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block during a Game 5 loss in Washington.

Dwight struggled with fouls throughout the game and he finished just 2-of-3 from the field and 1-of-4 from the FT line. He shot 63.3 percent from the field this season and Atlanta needs more from him to climb out of a 3-2 series deficit -- if you ignore Game 4, Dwight is averaging 5.8 points in the series. For what it's worth, his hard fall during Game 3 hasn't limited him whatsoever.
Apr 26 - 9:24 PM

Dwight Howard had his best game of the playoffs in a Game 4 win over the Wizards on Monday, scoring 16 points with 15 rebounds.

Marcin Gortat has been outplaying him for most of this series, but that wasn't the case tonight. Howard eclipsed the 30-minute mark for the first time in four games and finished 6-of-14 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line with one assist and one block, though he did slow down considerably after halftime. Howard had a hard fall in Game 3 and was held out of some free-throw exercises during Sunday's practice, but it doesn't look like he will be limited going forward if tonight was any indication.
Source: AJC.com
Apr 24 - 11:29 PM

Dwight Howard struggled with foul trouble during Wednesday's 109-101 defeat, scoring six points on 3-of-5 shooting with seven boards, one assist, one steal and one block in just 20 minutes.

Dwight scored four points in the opening minutes of the game and it looked like he'd be a featured option offensively. Unfortunately, Marcin Gortat proceeded to block a pair of his shots, after which foul trouble and a lack of touches did the rest. The Hawks won't get far if Howard plays this poorly, so expect them to look for him more often in Game 3 on Saturday.
Apr 19 - 10:11 PM

Dwight Howard hauled in 14 rebounds during Sunday's Game 1 loss, adding seven points, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 29 minutes.

The Wizards went with a lot of small ball lineups to try and make things uncomfortable for Howard, and that strategy worked. D12 didn’t really have any plays called for himself, more so being tasked with cleanup duty on the boards, and that’s likely the role he’ll have during this first-round series.
Apr 16 - 5:06 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he will use the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy if necessary.

"That definitely could be in effect, depending on the game and our foul situations. There's no secret that he shoots 50 percent from the free throw line," Brooks said. "But also we have to check the temperature because there have been some games where he's made some, or more than his average. If we get in a bad position, we would rather wrap him up and get him to the line rather than give him the open layup." In case it needs to be said, there's always a slight risk to using Howard in DFS when the "Hack-a-Dwight" strategy is on the table.
Apr 16 - 12:49 PM

Dwight Howard (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

Ersan Ilyasova, Kris Humphries and Mike Muscala will pick up the big man minutes for Atlanta tonight with Paul Millsap (rest) and Howard on the sidelines, with Ilyasova and Humphries likely to start. All three of these guys have some appeal in daily leagues, with Ilyasova being slightly more attractive option.