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30-Year-Old    C    Houston Rockets

2015-16 NBA Stats

PTS

14.1

REB

11.9

AST

1.4

STL

1.0

BLK

1.5

2015-16 NBA ROS Projections

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2015-16 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

While Howard missed 41 games last season due to knee, ankle, and shoulder injuries, he still managed to average 15.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks in 30 minutes per game. He also extended his streak of averaging a double-double to 11 consecut...

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HT: 6' 10"   WT: 240 lbs   DOB: 12/8/1985  College: Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #1 Overall in 2004   Show ContractHide Contract

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Dwight Howard Contract Information:

Agreed to sign a four-year deal with Houston in July 2013 worth $88 million. The deal contains an opt-out option after the third year.

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Howard has been suspended for Tuesday's matchup with the Heat after he made contact with an official during Saturday's game against the Wizards, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston (KRIV) reports.

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Dwight Howard NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 82 32.6 12.0 10.0 0.9 0.9 1.7 0.0 52.0 67.1 2.0 3.5 6.5 0.0 0.0 4.3 8.3 3.4 5.0
2005-06 19 82 36.8 15.8 12.5 1.5 0.8 1.4 0.0 53.1 59.5 2.6 3.5 9.0 0.0 0.0 5.7 10.7 4.3 7.3
2006-07 20 82 36.9 17.6 12.3 1.9 0.9 1.9 0.0 60.3 58.6 3.9 3.5 8.8 0.0 50.0 6.4 10.6 4.8 8.1
2007-08 21 82 37.7 20.7 14.2 1.3 0.9 2.1 0.0 59.9 59.0 3.2 3.4 10.8 0.0 0.0 7.1 11.9 6.5 10.9
2008-09 22 79 35.7 20.6 13.8 1.4 1.0 2.9 0.0 57.2 59.4 3.0 4.3 9.6 0.0 0.0 7.1 12.4 6.4 10.7
2009-10 23 82 34.7 18.3 13.2 1.8 0.9 2.8 0.0 61.2 59.2 3.3 3.5 9.7 0.1 0.0 6.2 10.2 5.9 10.0
2010-11 24 ORL 78 37.6 22.9 14.1 1.4 1.4 2.4 0.0 59.3 59.6 3.6 4.0 10.1 0.1 0.0 7.9 13.4 7.0 11.7
2011-12 25 ORL 54 38.3 20.6 14.5 1.9 1.5 2.1 0.0 57.3 49.1 3.2 3.7 10.8 0.1 0.0 7.7 13.4 5.2 10.6
2012-13 26 LAL 76 35.8 17.1 12.4 1.4 1.1 2.4 0.0 57.8 49.2 3.0 3.3 9.1 0.1 16.7 6.2 10.7 4.7 9.5
2013-14 27 HOU 71 33.7 18.3 12.2 1.8 0.8 1.8 0.0 59.1 54.7 3.2 3.3 8.9 0.1 28.6 6.7 11.3 4.9 9.0
2014-15 28 HOU 41 29.8 15.8 10.5 1.2 0.7 1.3 0.0 59.3 52.8 2.8 2.7 7.8 0.0 50.0 6.1 10.3 3.5 6.6
2015-16 29 HOU 41 31.9 14.1 11.9 1.4 1.0 1.5 0.0 60.6 54.7 2.4 3.6 8.3 0.0 0.0 5.1 8.5 3.9 7.0
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Dwight Howard NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 31.0 12.5 11.5 0.5 1.0 0.5 0.0 60.0 58.3 2.5 3.5 8.0 0.0 0.0 4.5 7.5 3.5 6.0
Last 14 Days 4 26.5 11.5 9.8 0.8 1.0 1.0 0.0 53.8 51.4 2.3 3.0 6.8 0.0 0.0 3.5 6.5 4.5 8.8
Last 30 Days 11 29.9 14.8 12.2 1.1 1.1 1.3 0.0 57.9 59.6 2.1 3.8 8.4 0.1 0.0 5.0 8.6 4.8 8.1
Last 5 Games 5 21.4 9.2 8.2 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.0 51.9 51.4 1.8 2.6 5.6 0.0 0.0 2.8 5.4 3.6 7.0
Last 10 Games 10 28.6 14.2 11.7 0.9 1.0 1.4 0.0 57.5 61.7 2.0 3.8 7.9 0.0 0.0 4.6 8.0 5.0 8.1
Last 20 Games 20 31.8 15.7 12.0 1.3 1.0 1.3 0.0 64.2 55.5 2.3 3.2 8.8 0.1 0.0 5.6 8.7 4.6 8.2

 

2015-16 NBA Game Log   Dwight Howard
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
2016-2Feb 4 @PHO 33 5 16 1 2 1 3 2 4 1 4 0 0 5 11 4
2016-2Feb 2 MIA Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 30 WAS 29 20 7 0 0 0 2 7 11 6 8 0 0 2 5 2
2016-1Jan 29 @OKC 21 8 8 1 2 1 2 2 6 4 15 0 0 3 5 1
2016-1Jan 27 @SAS 23 13 8 1 0 2 2 3 5 7 8 0 0 2 6 1
2016-1Jan 25 @NOP Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 24 DAL Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 22 MIL Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 20 DET 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2016-1Jan 18 @LAC 45 36 26 4 1 1 4 11 16 14 18 0 0 10 16 2
2016-1Jan 17 @LAL 26 14 15 0 1 3 2 6 11 2 3 0 0 3 12 1
2016-1Jan 15 CLE 34 14 11 1 2 2 2 4 9 6 10 0 0 2 9 1
2016-1Jan 13 MIN 36 15 10 0 1 2 2 5 7 5 10 0 0 4 6 5
2016-1Jan 12 @MEM 38 17 14 1 1 2 1 6 10 5 5 0 0 6 8 4
2016-1Jan 10 IND 43 21 17 3 2 0 3 9 15 3 8 0 1 4 13 3
2016-1Jan 7 UTA Did Not Play
2016-1Jan 4 @UTA 41 16 13 1 1 1 3 7 12 2 4 0 0 2 11 2
2016-1Jan 2 @SAS 37 22 12 2 0 0 2 6 9 10 17 0 0 2 10 1
2015-12Dec 31 GSW 35 21 13 5 2 3 3 8 9 5 6 0 0 2 11 4
2015-12Dec 29 ATL 38 30 16 3 1 1 3 10 12 10 18 0 0 2 14 3
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2015-12Dec 26 @NOP 31 7 9 0 0 1 1 3 4 1 1 0 0 2 7 4
2015-12Dec 25 SAS 36 11 12 0 2 0 0 4 6 3 8 0 0 2 10 2
2015-12Dec 23 @ORL 36 12 7 2 1 3 3 6 10 0 2 0 0 3 4 3
2015-12Dec 21 CHA 27 9 9 0 0 1 5 4 5 1 3 0 0 1 8 6
2015-12Dec 19 LAC 26 22 14 0 0 2 2 8 11 6 16 0 0 6 8 5
2015-12Dec 17 @LAL 26 16 15 1 0 2 1 3 10 10 18 0 0 9 6 5
2015-12Dec 15 @SAC 28 4 4 2 1 1 2 2 7 0 1 0 0 1 3 5
2015-12Dec 14 @DEN 33 13 8 0 4 1 4 6 10 1 2 0 1 1 7 4
2015-12Dec 12 LAL 33 18 12 2 1 2 2 7 8 4 9 0 0 5 7 0
2015-12Dec 9 @WAS 28 4 9 3 2 1 0 1 4 2 6 0 0 1 8 3
2015-12Dec 8 @BKN 29 10 9 0 2 2 4 4 5 2 4 0 0 2 7 1
2015-12Dec 5 SAC 36 22 18 0 2 2 3 7 9 8 14 0 0 5 13 1
2015-12Dec 4 @DAL Did Not Play
2015-12Dec 2 NOP 37 8 16 0 0 3 3 2 6 4 8 0 0 5 11 6
2015-11Nov 30 @DET 31 8 10 2 1 4 3 4 7 0 0 0 0 4 6 5
2015-11Nov 29 @NYK 30 14 6 2 0 0 0 6 14 2 5 0 0 2 4 1
2015-11Nov 27 PHI 36 14 13 4 1 0 1 4 7 6 8 0 0 4 9 4
2015-11Nov 25 MEM 40 12 5 1 3 1 3 4 8 4 6 0 0 1 4 5
2015-11Nov 21 NYK Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 20 @MEM 36 12 15 3 0 2 3 4 5 4 8 0 0 4 11 3
2015-11Nov 18 POR 40 7 19 2 1 3 3 2 5 3 5 0 0 5 14 4
2015-11Nov 16 BOS 30 5 12 3 0 1 2 2 4 1 2 0 0 4 8 4
2015-11Nov 14 DAL Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 13 @DEN 28 12 10 1 1 1 6 4 6 4 6 0 0 3 7 5
2015-11Nov 11 BKN 37 20 17 1 0 5 1 10 16 0 2 0 0 7 10 0
2015-11Nov 7 @LAC 29 20 20 3 0 1 5 8 10 4 5 0 0 7 13 5
2015-11Nov 6 @SAC Did Not Play
2015-11Nov 4 ORL 31 23 14 2 0 0 3 10 10 3 7 0 0 6 8 4
2015-11Nov 2 OKC 35 16 8 0 2 4 1 6 13 4 7 0 0 2 6 2
2015-11Nov 1 @MIA Did Not Play
2015-10Oct 30 GSW 22 9 7 2 1 1 4 4 11 1 2 0 0 4 3 5
2015-10Oct 28 DEN Did Not Play
Dwight Howard Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Dwight Howard – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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2.  Clint Capela

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True Shooting Percentage

61.0%

True Shooting % in 2015-16

In 2015-16, Dwight Howard has a true shooting percentage of 61.0%.

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Dwight Howard NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 82 36.0 13.2 11.1 1.0 1.0 1.8 0.0 52.0 67.1 2.2 3.9 7.2 0.0 0.0 4.7 9.1 3.7 5.6
2005-06 19 82 36.0 15.4 12.2 1.5 0.8 1.4 0.0 53.1 59.5 2.6 3.4 8.7 0.0 0.0 5.6 10.5 4.2 7.1
2006-07 20 82 36.0 17.2 12.0 1.9 0.8 1.9 0.0 60.3 58.6 3.8 3.4 8.6 0.0 50.0 6.3 10.4 4.6 7.9
2007-08 21 82 36.0 19.8 13.5 1.3 0.9 2.1 0.0 59.9 59.0 3.1 3.3 10.3 0.0 0.0 6.8 11.4 6.2 10.5
2008-09 22 79 36.0 20.7 13.9 1.4 1.0 2.9 0.0 57.2 59.4 3.1 4.3 9.7 0.0 0.0 7.1 12.5 6.4 10.8
2009-10 23 82 36.0 19.0 13.7 1.8 0.9 2.9 0.0 61.2 59.2 3.5 3.6 10.1 0.1 0.0 6.5 10.6 6.1 10.3
2010-11 24 ORL 78 36.0 21.9 13.5 1.3 1.3 2.3 0.0 59.3 59.6 3.4 3.8 9.7 0.1 0.0 7.6 12.8 6.7 11.2
2011-12 25 ORL 54 36.0 19.4 13.7 1.8 1.4 2.0 0.0 57.3 49.1 3.0 3.5 10.2 0.1 0.0 7.2 12.6 4.9 9.9
2012-13 26 LAL 76 36.0 17.1 12.5 1.4 1.1 2.5 0.0 57.8 49.2 3.0 3.3 9.2 0.1 16.7 6.2 10.8 4.7 9.5
2013-14 27 HOU 71 36.0 19.5 13.0 2.0 0.9 1.9 0.0 59.1 54.7 3.4 3.5 9.5 0.1 28.6 7.1 12.0 5.2 9.6
2014-15 28 HOU 41 36.0 19.0 12.7 1.5 0.8 1.6 0.0 59.3 52.8 3.4 3.2 9.4 0.1 50.0 7.4 12.5 4.2 8.0
2015-16 29 HOU 41 36.0 16.0 13.4 1.6 1.1 1.7 0.0 60.6 54.7 2.7 4.0 9.4 0.1 0.0 5.8 9.6 4.3 7.9
Rest Of Season Projections 30 HOU 27 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 18 82 2670 981 823 75 77 136 0 52.0 67.1 165 287 536 2 0.0 352 677 277 413
2005-06 19 82 3021 1292 1022 125 65 115 0 53.1 59.5 217 288 734 2 0.0 468 881 356 598
2006-07 20 82 3023 1443 1008 158 70 156 1 60.3 58.6 317 283 725 2 50.0 526 873 390 666
2007-08 21 82 3088 1695 1161 110 74 176 0 59.9 59.0 263 279 882 4 0.0 583 974 529 897
2008-09 22 79 2821 1624 1093 112 77 231 0 57.2 59.4 240 336 757 2 0.0 560 979 504 849
2009-10 23 82 2844 1503 1082 144 75 228 0 61.2 59.2 274 284 798 7 0.0 510 834 483 816
2010-11 24 ORL 78 2935 1784 1098 107 107 186 0 59.3 59.6 279 309 789 7 0.0 619 1044 546 916
2011-12 25 ORL 54 2070 1113 785 104 81 116 0 57.3 49.1 175 200 585 7 0.0 416 726 281 572
2012-13 26 LAL 76 2722 1296 945 108 84 186 1 57.8 49.2 225 251 694 6 16.7 470 813 355 721
2013-14 27 HOU 71 2396 1297 866 131 60 128 2 59.1 54.7 229 231 635 7 28.6 473 800 349 638
2014-15 28 HOU 41 1223 646 431 50 28 53 1 59.3 52.8 115 110 321 2 50.0 251 423 143 271
2015-16 29 HOU 41 1309 580 486 59 41 63 0 60.6 54.7 99 146 340 2 0.0 211 348 158 289
Rest Of Season Projections 30 HOU 27 883 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 18 82 32.6 57.1 52.0 6.8 15.0 0.5 17.9
2005-06 19 82 36.8 56.5 53.1 8.4 14.6 0.6 21.3
2006-07 20 82 36.9 61.9 60.3 9.6 19.3 0.5 23.1
2007-08 21 82 37.7 61.9 59.9 6.3 15.1 0.4 26.8
2008-09 22 79 35.7 60.0 57.2 6.6 14.1 0.5 27.0
2009-10 23 82 34.7 63.0 61.2 8.9 17.0 0.5 25.6
2010-11 24 ORL 78 37.6 61.6 59.3 5.8 15.2 0.4 28.3
2011-12 25 ORL 54 38.3 56.9 57.3 8.3 13.9 0.6 26.4
2012-13 26 LAL 76 35.8 57.3 57.9 7.4 15.4 0.5 22.2
2013-14 27 HOU 71 33.7 60.0 59.3 9.1 15.9 0.6 23.1
2014-15 28 HOU 41 29.8 59.6 59.5 7.1 16.3 0.4 19.3
2015-16 29 HOU 41 31.9 61.0 60.6 9.3 15.6 0.6 21.0
Rest Of Season Projections 30 HOU 27 32.7 Subscribe now to see our 2015-16 rest of season projections for Dwight Howard
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Dwight Howard: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Howard was ejected from Saturday's contest against the Wizards, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

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Howard (ankle) had 13 points (3-5 FG, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 23 minutes during the Rockets' 130-99 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

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Howard (ankle) will play in Wednesday's matchup with San Antonio, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston (KRIV) reports.

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Howard (ankle) is expected to play Wednesday against the Spurs.

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Howard (ankle) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (ankle) won't play in Monday's game against the Pelicans, Rockets play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman reports.

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Howard (ankle) remains doubtful to play Monday against the Pelicans, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Mavericks, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Mavericks, Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports.

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Howard (ankle) is expected to be sidelined for another three-to-four days, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Bucks, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

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Howard was forced to leave Wednesday's game against the Pistons with a sprained left ankle and won't return.

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2015-16

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2014-15

While he averaged the lowest minutes per game (34) since his rookie season, Howard was still able to put up more than respectable numbers and finished last season averaging 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. In his 10 year career, Howard has been able to average a double-double in points and rebounds every single season, so it should be a safe bet he can repeat that this upcoming year. His rebound average of 12.2 per game placed him as the fourth best in the league on the boards last season, only behind the likes of DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, and Kevin Love. He also remained one of the premiere defenders with his 1.8 blocks per game, which was good enough for seventh in the league. With the trade of Omer Asik to the Pelicans, Dwight will probably be even more heavily relied upon, and his minutes will most likely increase. The added minutes and further familiarity of playing with fellow superstar James Harden, should lead to Howard having an outstanding chance to improve his numbers from the 2013-14 season and provide the Rockets with one of the best centers in the league.

2013-14

In 2012-13, we learned that Superman had more than one form of kryptonite that diminished his superpowers. In Howard's case, his basketball powers were clearly affected by offseason back surgery and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni's system, as he finished with still stellar but not superhero-level averages of 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Despite the drop in his double-double stats, Howard remained a beast on the defensive end of the court, averaging 2.4 blocks and 1.1 steals. Of course, his free-throw shooting remained abysmal, as he hit just 49 percent of his freebies while attempting 9.5 free throws per game – that level of ineptness is a huge sap to Howard's overall value in rotisserie formats. Still, there's plenty to praise with Howard's game. He remains a physical marvel and should look more like his old self now that he's over a year removed from back surgery. And his move from the Lakers to the Rockets should put him back in a role more consistent to the one he played in Orlando – like the Howard-led Magic teams, Houston is loaded with three-point shooters to space the floor for the big man. At 27, Howard still has plenty of good years left in the tank, and while he may never live up to the extremely lofty expectations put on him earlier in his career, it's tough to find many more centers that are more productive in any category, outside of free-throw shooting.

2012-13

Off the court, Howard had a trying 2011-12 campaign, as he was involved in on-again, off-again trade demands and rumors all season, but on the court he was his usual dominant self. The big (6-10, 240) center continued to carry his mantle as the most dominant pivot in the league, averaging 20.6 points and a league-leading 14.5 rebounds. He was once again stellar on the defensive end of the court, too, blocking 2.1 shots per game while also amassing a career-high 1.5 steals per contest. His shooting percentage was also Grade-A, as Howard finished with a league-leading clip of 57.3 percent from the floor. The only area where he continued to hurt fantasy owners was in free-throw percentage – Howard shot just 49.1 from the charity stripe, which marked a career low. After dealing with his off-the-court drama for the past year, Howard finally found a new home this summer when he was traded to the Lakers. Los Angeles will ask Howard to be the anchor of the team’s defense, so the rebounds, blocks and steals should hold steady, but now that he’s on a team with more offensive options, we could see a slight dip in his scoring production. Even if Howard’s scoring drops off slightly, his dominance in other areas will be enough to keep his fantasy value from dipping.

2011-12

The self-proclaimed “Superman” took his game to new heights last season, finishing with a career-high 22.9 points per game while still dominating the glass (14.1 rpg) and controlling the paint (2.4 bpg). The jump in scoring can be directly attributed to his offseason work with all-time NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon, who helped Howard develop a face-up jumper and an array of post-up moves. While Howard won’t be mistaken for the Dream anytime soon, his improved offensive repertoire was evident last season. He also showed some improvement on the defensive side of the ball, chipping in 1.4 steals per game, which was easily a new personal best. But free throw shooting (59.6) and turnovers (3.6) are Howard’s kryptonite. Making matters worse, Howard led the league in free-throw attempts with 11.7 trips to the line per game, which makes his awful shooting from the charity stripe all the more damaging for fantasy owners. Despite his obvious flaws from a fantasy perspective, Howard’s improvements in scoring and steals last season finally pushed him to the elite status he’s held in real life for the past handful of years, and as he’s just 25, we probably haven’t seen his ceiling yet.

2010-11

Howard once again led the NBA in rebounding (13.2 rpg) and shot blocking (2.8 bpg) last season, though with the addition of Vince Carter, his field goal attempts per game dropped to just 10.2 – the lowest since his rookie season. For someone who recorded a remarkable 61.2 FG percent, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get Howard more involved in the offense. Of course, there's also the free throw issue, as Howard has finished below 60.0 percent from the charity stripe in each of the past five seasons. He took a whopping 10.0 foul shots per game last season, so he can single-handedly destroy the category. When you also factor in his high turnover rate (3.3 tpg last year), it's easy to see why his fantasy value is nowhere near his real life value. Howard has missed just three games over his six-year career, so he's as durable as they come. At 6-11, 265, he's one of the most gifted athletes on the planet, but his low-post game remains raw and has plenty of room for improvement (and at age 24, there's still time). All those boards and blocks are enticing, but for someone who hasn't shown the skills to be a truly elite scorer (18.3 ppg last year), the poor free throw shooting and high volume of turnovers make Howard a good, not great fantasy option.

2009-10

Howard continues to drop jaws with his otherworldly size (6-11, 265) and freakish athleticism. His development has made him into a perennial All-Star and one of the most dominant big men in the Association. While Howard took his star to another level by leading the Magic to the NBA Finals last season, his fantasy game still hasn’t reached its pinnacle. On the defensive end, Howard dominated games with his league-leading 13.8 rpg and 2.9 bpg while chipping in one steal per, too. Howard helps out on the other end of the court with his 20.6 ppg and 57.2-percent shooting from the floor, but it’s his struggles from the charity stripe that hinder his fantasy outlook. Much like Shaquille O’Neal in his prime, Howard can be a dominant fantasy force, but his inefficiencies from the line can single-handedly destroy that category. For the fourth consecutive season, Howard shot under 60-percent from the free-throw line, finishing at just 59.4 percent last year. His struggles from the line are magnified by his league-leading 10.8 free-throw attempts per game. Regardless, at 23, Howard holds one of the highest ceilings of any player in the league and, as the primary low-post option for the Magic, will continue to post All-NBA production.

2008-09

Howard is the most physically gifted big man in the NBA, combining an overpowering 6-11, 265-pound frame with great quickness and outstanding leaping ability. He showed this by becoming the only center in NBA history to win the slam dunk contest, and the same gifts that allow him to Superman dunk also make him one of the most difficult match-ups in the league. Howard made noticeable improvements in both the offensive (20.7 ppg, 59.9% FG) and defensive (2.1 bpg, .9 spg) categories. Most importantly, he led the league with 14.2 rpg. Howard also continued his iron man streak, having never missed a game in his four-year career. Superman’s Kryptonite continues to be the foul line, where his 59 percent shooting on a whopping 10.9 free-throw attempts per game was enough to lose that category by himself. Nevertheless, Howard is still only 22 years old with plenty of upside, and if he can get his free-throw percentage even back to the 67 percent he shot as a rookie, the sky’s the limit.

2007-08

Howard is probably the most physically gifted big man in the NBA, combining an overpowering 6-11, 265-pound frame with great quickness and outstanding leaping ability. (Does anyone remember Howard almost touching the top of the backboard in the dunk contest last year?). He did not take quite the quantum leap in production that many expected from him last season, but he still made noticeable improvements in the offensive (career highs 17.6 ppg, 60.3% FG, 1.9 apg) and defensive (career highs 1.9 bpg, .9 spg) categories while making a push for the league lead in rebounding (12.3 rpg). He also continued his “iron man” streak, having never missed a game in his three-year career. Most importantly for fantasy owners, Howard played most of his games at center and thus solidified his eligibility in the harder-to-fill big-man position. His only real weaknesses last season were an alarming decline in free-throw shooting (career-low 58.6%) and career-worst 3.9 turnovers per night. Nevertheless, Howard is still only 21 years old, and with Rashard Lewis around to stretch opposing defenses and open up space, Howard has the potential to end this season as the top fantasy producer among centers in the NBA.

2006-07

With all due respect to Amare Stoudemire, Howard is the new Man-Child of the NBA. At 6-11 and an incredibly ripped 240 pounds with outstanding quickness and leaping ability, Howard is already a beast in the paint that can simply overpower and jump over his competition. He was second in the NBA in rebounding at 12.5 rpg last season, and scored 15.8 ppg as well without having many discernible post moves. As Howard matures and starts pairing more technique with this ridiculous athleticism those numbers have quite a bit of room to increase. Howard is disruptive on defense as well, averaging 1.4 bpg and .8 spg as a sophomore but his rookie numbers (1.7 bpg, .9 spg) show that he also easily has the potential to be a two-block/one-steal per game guy. With his point guard Jameer Nelson also coming into his own now, as well as the addition of shooter J.J. Redick, the possible return of Grant Hill from injury, and improvements in Darko Milicic’s game, Howard should also have more room to operate this season as well.

2005-06

Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the next NBA superstar. Howard's season numbers – 12 points and 10 rebounds per game – look great, but the 19-year-old rookie, who put up a double-double almost every time out, was even better down the stretch. Over the last two months of the year, Howard averaged 15.1 points and 11.1 rebounds, and did it on 55% shooting from the field. Moreover, Howard will give you a steal and almost two blocks per game. Howard could stand to get better from the line, shooting just 67% on the year, and he could also learn how to kick the ball out from the post, as he averaged just one assist per game last season, but those skills could come as he matures. Keeper league owners should remember that if Fran Vazquez comes over next year, Howard would probably move to center. At that spot, he would easily crack the top five behind Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming, Ben Wallace, and Zydrunas Illgauskas. This is said assuming that Nowitzki and Duncan do not get center eligibility in your league.

2004-05

On the plus side, he doesn't have anyone ahead of him to keep him pinned to the bench. On the minus: he's 18. He may grow into a Kevin Garnett-type player, but for this season he's more likely to be a Stromile Swift.

2003-04

At his size, he can do just a little bit of everything. He dominates in the paint but also has the ability to step out and hit shots on the perimeter. He's quick off the dribble, isn't afraid to hit the glass, and is a great shot blocker. Scouts haven't found many downsides to Howard, except for the occasional lack of effort. He is a consensus top 2 pick along with former UCONN star Emeka Okafor.