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Dwight Howard

28-Year-Old    C    Houston Rockets

2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

18.3

REB

12.2

AST

1.8

STL

0.8

BLK

1.8

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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, H...

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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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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
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True Shooting Percentage

60.0%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Dwight Howard had a true shooting percentage of 60.0%.

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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
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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
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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
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Dwight Howard 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 4 POR                                
May 2 at POR 40 26 11 3 1 2 3 10 18 6 11 0 0 5 6 4
Apr 30 POR 33 22 14 2 0 3 1 9 15 4 6 0 0 1 13 4
Apr 27 at POR 44 25 14 2 2 2 3 7 14 11 17 0 0 3 11 2
Apr 25 at POR 45 24 14 2 0 2 4 10 16 4 6 0 0 6 8 4
Apr 23 POR 35 32 14 1 0 4 6 13 22 6 7 0 0 6 8 5
Apr 20 POR 34 27 15 1 1 4 2 9 21 9 17 0 0 6 9 6
Apr 16 at NOP 26 7 4 4 0 3 3 1 5 5 7 0 1 0 4 3
Apr 14 SAS 31 20 17 0 0 0 2 9 11 2 4 0 0 5 12 3
Apr 12 NOP 29 13 6 2 1 2 1 5 8 3 8 0 0 0 6 3
Apr 11 at MIN                                
Apr 9 at DEN                                
Apr 8 at LAL                                
Apr 6 DEN                                
Apr 4 OKC                                
Apr 2 at TOR                                
Apr 1 at BKN                                
Mar 29 LAC                                
Mar 27 PHI 26 17 13 0 2 3 3 6 6 5 9 0 0 3 10 3
Mar 24 at CHA 33 10 10 4 2 1 2 4 9 2 4 0 0 3 7 5
Mar 22 at CLE                                
Mar 20 MIN                                
Mar 17 UTA                                
Mar 16 at MIA 38 21 14 5 0 2 2 9 12 3 6 0 0 3 11 3
Mar 13 at CHI 29 12 10 1 0 4 7 5 7 2 2 0 0 5 5 2
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Mar 11 at OKC 33 9 10 0 0 1 2 4 12 1 6 0 0 2 8 4
Mar 9 POR 39 17 12 1 1 3 5 5 10 7 13 0 0 4 8 3
Mar 7 IND 28 15 6 4 0 1 2 6 11 3 5 0 0 1 5 3
Mar 5 at ORL 31 19 13 1 2 0 6 8 12 3 6 0 0 6 7 2
Mar 4 MIA 36 22 16 1 0 0 2 8 13 6 8 0 0 3 13 2
Mar 1 DET 35 17 8 4 0 0 3 5 7 7 9 0 1 4 4 4
Feb 26 at LAC 35 23 11 2 0 1 3 9 12 5 9 0 0 3 8 2
Feb 25 at SAC 25 20 11 3 0 2 1 7 9 6 10 0 0 1 10 4
Feb 23 at PHO 34 25 9 2 0 2 4 10 12 5 7 0 0 3 6 1
Feb 20 at GSW 38 11 21 3 0 4 2 4 13 3 8 0 0 6 15 5
Feb 19 at LAL 28 20 13 1 2 3 4 9 14 2 6 0 0 6 7 0
Feb 12 WAS 37 24 16 1 2 3 7 7 9 10 16 0 0 2 14 3
Feb 10 at MIN 39 18 15 2 1 3 6 7 13 4 5 0 0 4 11 4
Feb 8 at MIL 37 27 13 5 1 2 2 11 19 5 7 0 0 1 12 3
Feb 5 PHO 39 34 14 0 3 2 5 11 17 12 18 0 0 0 14 4
Feb 1 CLE 36 26 6 1 1 3 4 10 12 6 8 0 0 1 5 2
Jan 29 at DAL 36 21 5 1 1 1 4 6 10 9 11 0 0 0 5 4
Jan 28 SAS 36 23 16 0 0 1 6 5 15 13 25 0 0 7 9 4
Jan 25 at MEM 33 10 12 1 2 1 4 4 11 2 6 0 0 2 10 3
Jan 24 MEM 30 11 12 0 0 2 3 5 10 1 2 0 0 1 11 5
Jan 22 SAC 32 26 13 1 1 4 2 10 13 6 17 0 0 4 9 1
Jan 20 POR 38 24 12 3 1 0 4 9 15 6 9 0 0 4 8 4
Jan 18 MIL 35 20 14 2 0 1 0 8 11 3 7 1 1 4 10 4
Jan 16 OKC 30 11 8 2 0 3 3 5 13 1 2 0 0 3 5 5
Jan 15 at NOP 30 12 11 2 2 3 3 4 5 4 11 0 0 4 7 5
Jan 13 at BOS 37 32 11 2 0 1 2 11 17 10 18 0 1 3 8 2
Jan 11 at WAS 34 23 7 2 1 0 5 10 17 3 10 0 0 2 5 5
Jan 10 at ATL 37 15 11 1 1 2 1 7 11 1 2 0 0 4 7 4
Jan 8 LAL 38 20 13 3 4 1 0 5 14 10 24 0 0 4 9 4
Jan 3 NYK 38 15 7 0 1 3 1 6 11 3 6 0 0 2 5 3
Dec 31 SAC 45 15 8 2 0 1 3 5 9 5 11 0 0 3 5 3
Dec 29 at OKC 25 9 9 1 1 1 1 4 13 1 7 0 0 2 7 3
Dec 28 NOP 42 24 18 3 1 1 8 10 11 4 6 0 0 6 12 4
Dec 26 MEM 18 2 6 0 2 0 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 5 5
Dec 25 at SAS 35 15 20 3 0 2 5 7 12 1 4 0 0 4 16 5
Dec 23 DAL 41 29 15 4 1 0 4 10 16 9 13 0 0 5 10 2
Dec 21 at DET 40 35 19 5 1 3 5 13 18 9 14 0 0 4 15 2
Dec 20 at IND 31 19 12 2 1 5 3 9 16 1 3 0 0 3 9 2
Dec 18 CHI 34 23 9 0 1 1 2 11 14 1 1 0 0 1 8 2
Dec 15 at SAC 31 13 10 0 1 3 5 4 7 5 13 0 0 2 8 4
Dec 13 at GSW 31 18 11 3 0 1 5 5 6 7 7 1 1 2 9 5
Dec 12 at POR 42 32 17 1 2 3 1 14 22 4 6 0 1 5 12 2
Dec 8 ORL 34 20 22 3 2 3 4 6 12 8 14 0 0 8 14 4
Dec 6 GSW 35 22 18 1 3 1 3 5 8 12 20 0 0 6 12 2
Dec 4 PHO 36 15 18 0 1 0 5 4 11 7 9 0 0 8 10 2
Dec 2 at UTA 33 15 9 2 0 0 3 7 12 1 4 0 0 4 5 3
Nov 30 at SAS 35 13 11 1 0 0 2 4 6 5 8 0 0 2 9 4
Nov 29 BKN 17 12 7 2 1 0 2 5 10 2 2 0 0 2 5 4
Nov 27 ATL 26 11 8 4 2 1 2 4 6 3 8 0 0 3 5 3
Nov 25 at MEM 27 15 7 1 0 1 5 6 10 3 6 0 0 2 5 3
Nov 23 MIN 34 11 13 4 1 4 3 5 9 1 2 0 0 4 9 4
Nov 20 at DAL 36 33 11 1 0 0 1 12 16 9 13 0 0 3 8 3
Nov 19 BOS 28 10 12 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 8 0 0 1 11 3
Nov 16 DEN 29 25 7 1 0 1 4 4 6 17 24 0 0 0 7 5
Nov 14 at NYK 34 7 15 2 0 4 5 1 5 5 8 0 0 6 9 4
Nov 13 at PHI 42 23 15 7 2 6 2 9 20 5 9 0 1 4 11 4
Nov 11 TOR 45 18 24 2 1 5 3 7 12 4 12 0 0 6 18 5
Nov 9 LAC 39 21 8 0 0 2 2 8 14 5 11 0 0 4 4 5
Nov 7 LAL 37 15 14 2 0 1 4 5 10 5 16 0 0 1 13 4
Nov 5 at POR 38 29 13 2 0 1 6 10 13 9 12 0 0 4 9 4
Nov 4 at LAC 26 13 9 0 0 1 2 4 9 5 10 0 0 2 7 4
Nov 2 at UTA 37 15 9 1 1 2 2 4 8 7 10 0 0 2 7 3
Nov 1 DAL 32 13 16 0 1 1 3 4 10 5 12 0 0 5 11 4
Oct 30 CHA 35 17 26 2 0 2 4 8 14 1 4 0 0 6 20 3

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

Howard (knee) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (knee) will sit out Monday's game against Phoenix, as well as Tuesday's contest against the Pelicans, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard (knee) did not practice Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Grizzlies because of knee soreness, the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Howard said he's been taking more of a leadership approach this summer in an effort to make the team better and win a championship this season, USA Today reports.

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Howard was named to the All-NBA Second Team on Wednesday, NBA.com reports.

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Howard posted a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds in Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Blazers. He added two assists, two steals, and two blocks in 44 minutes of action.

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Howard scored 24 points (10-16 FG, 4-6 FT) and added 14 rebounds in 45 minutes in Game 3 against the Blazers on Friday night.

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Howard scored 32 points (13-22 FG, 6-7 FT) to go along with 14 rebounds and four blocks in 35 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday night.

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Howard recorded a double-double that included 27 points (9-21 FG, 9-17 FT), 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in Sunday's 34 minute outing.

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Howard scored 20 points (9-11 FG, 2-4 FT) and pulled down 17 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday versus the Spurs.

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Howard (ankle) returned to his familiar starting role after missing the last eight games, scoring 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-8 FT), grabbing six rebounds and blocking two shots in 29 minutes.

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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.