Making his return to Los Angeles, where he played in 2012-13, Howard appeared in 69 games, averaging 18.9 minutes per contest. He posted 7.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, while shooting 72.9 percent from the field -- a career-best. Including the postseason, Howard scored in double-figures 28 times, notching a double-double on 10 occasions. Howard topped out with 21 points and 15 rebounds in a Jan. 13 win over the Cavs. Against Orlando two nights later, Howard grabbed a season-high 16 boards to go with nine points and an assist. Howard blocked a season-high five shots on Jan. 5 against Detroit and followed up with five more blocks in a Jan. 7 win over the Knicks. Versus Indiana on Dec. 17, Howard went 10-for-10 from the field en route to 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Howard started seven of his 18 appearances in the playoffs as he helped lead the Lakers to the 2020 NBA championship. In Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against Denver, Howard had a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.2018
The 2018-19 season was an injury-filled campaign for Howard. Playing on his fourth team in as many years, the 15-year veteran appeared in just nine games for the Washington Wizards thanks to a lower back/glute injury that sidelined him for most of the campaign. He played his final contest Nov. 18, tallying seven minutes before injury ended his game and essentially his season. When on the court, Howard averaged 12.8 points per game. He also notched per-game averages of 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.4 blocks. He was extremely efficient from the field, converting 62.3 percent of his field-goal attempts. The 2004 first-overall draft pick also made 60.4 percent of his free-throws, his highest mark since his rookie campaign. Howard registered double-doubles in three of his nine contests and surpassed the 20-point mark twice. He pulled down 16 rebounds and tallied 11 points against Miami on Nov. 10. Six days later, he went off for 25 points and 17 rebounds -- both season highs -- against the Nets.2017
Howard joined his fifth NBA team in 2017-18, taking over the starting center position with Charlotte. The former first-overall draft pick provided a steady on-court presence for the Hornets, appearing in 81 games and averaging 30.4 minutes per contest. Howard posted his highest per-game scoring mark in four seasons, averaging 16.6 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the field. He also hit 57.4 percent of this free throws, registering his highest mark since the 2010-11 campaign. Howard continued to be a force on the boards, ranking fourth in the league with 12.5 rebounds per game. Overall, Howard racked up 54 double-doubles, fourth-most in the league. In addition, the 14-year veteran played superb defense in the paint. He placed 10th in the Association with 1.6 blocks per game and collected 3.9 defensive win shares, tied for ninth in the league. Howard got stronger as the season wore on; March was arguably his finest month, as he averaged 20.6 points and 12.1 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the field. It also featured Howard's highest single-game scoring output of the season. In that contest, he poured in 33 points, shooting 13-of-20 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line as the Hornets topped the Hawks on Mar. 15.2016
Dwight Howard joined the Atlanta Hawks for his 13th campaign after signing a three-year contract in the off-season. The 2004 first-overall draft pick continued to put up solid numbers with the Hawks, averaging 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds in 74 games. Howard's per game rebound mark ranked fifth in the Association. As has been the case throughout his career, the veteran was very efficient from the field, shooting 63.3 percent to rank within the top 10 in the NBA. Defensively, the big center averaged 1.2 blocks and 0.9 steals per contest. Howard posted an impressive 53 double-doubles on the season, sixth-most in the league. Among those was a 24-point, 23-rebound performance in a win against Houston on Feb. 2. With Howard manning the paint, Atlanta finished with a 43-39 record and qualified for the playoffs. Although they were eliminated in the first round by Washington, Howard put up solid numbers in the six-game series. He averaged 8.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per post-season game while shooting 50 percent from the field.2015
Howard played 71 games in his third campaign with Houston, up from the 47 contests he logged the previous season. He remained a key part of the Rockets' lineup, averaging 32.1 minutes per contest. While Howard's scoring average took a slight dip to 13.7 points per game, he was more accurate from the field, shooting a career-best 62.0 percent. In the third contest of the season, he finished a perfect 10-for-10 from the field on his way to 23 points. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year's defensive numbers were also up as he averaged 1.6 blocks and one steal per contest. Howard was again one of the top rebounders in the league, and his 11.8 boards per game ranked fourth overall. Altogether, Howard notched 38 double-doubles during the campaign, tied for tenth-most in the league. He collected ten straight double-doubles from Dec. 29 to Jan. 18, culminating in a massive 36-point, 26-rebound performance against the Clippers in which he set his career high in boards. Howard played in all five of Houston's postseason contests, averaging 13.2 points, 14.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in an opening-round loss to Golden State. In Game 4 of the series, he tallied 19 points and 15 boards while converting 7-of-9 field goal attempts.2014
Dwight Howard's 2014-15 campaign with the Houston Rockets was marred by injury. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year was limited to a career-low 41 games due to a persistent knee issue. When he did play, Howard was again an impactful player on the court, averaging a double-double for the 11th consecutive season. The big man posted per-game averages of 15.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while converting 59.3 percent of his field-goal attempts. Howard also contributed 1.3 blocks and 0.7 steals per contest. He double-doubled 23 times during the season -- over half of the games in which he appeared. On Nov. 6, he racked up a season-high 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a win over the rival Spurs. Although Howard missed much of the regular season, he was healthy come playoff time and started all 17 of Houston's postseason contests. In the playoffs, he stepped up his scoring average to 16.4 points per game and shot 57.7 percent from the field. He also grabbed 14.4 boards per contest and contributed on the defensive end with per-game averages of 2.3 blocks and 1.4 steals.2013
Following a season with the Los Angeles Lakers, Howard signed a multi-year contract to join James Harden in Houston for the 2013-14 campaign. The move proved to be fruitful as Howard raised his scoring average to 18.3 points per game and his field-goal accuracy to 59.1 percent. He also pulled down 12.2 rebounds per contest, good for fourth in the league. Howard continued to be a force on the defensive end as well, swatting 1.8 shots per game. Over the course of the season, the 6-foot-11 center racked up 47 double-doubles, tied for fourth in the league. For his efforts, Howard was rewarded with a trip to his eighth All-Star Game. During the contest, he tallied eight points and 11 rebounds in only 13 minutes of action. Howard was also named to the All-NBA Second Team -- the eighth straight season he earned a spot on one of the All-NBA squads. The Rockets qualified for the postseason and engaged in a six-game battle against Portland in the first round of the playoffs. In that series, Howard averaged 26 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in a losing effort.2012
After eight seasons in Orlando, Dwight Howard was traded to the Lakers prior to the 2012-13 campaign. In his age-26 season, Howard played in 74 games and averaged 17.1 points per contest. He finished among the league leaders in numerous categories, ranking first in rebounding (12.4 per contest), second in field-goal percentage (57.8 percent) and fifth in blocks (2.4 per game). Howard's play resulted in his seventh straight selection to the NBA All-Star Game. In that contest, he scored nine points and snagged seven rebounds in 14 minutes. Howard was also named to the All-NBA Third Team and finished 14th in Defensive Player of the Year voting. In the playoffs, Howard started all four games in the first round against San Antonio. He averaged 17 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, but the Lakers were eliminated in a sweep.2011
Dwight Howard played in 54 games during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign, averaging 20.6 points and a league-leading 14.5 rebounds per contest. He also set a career high by averaging 1.5 steals per game and ranked third in the league with 2.1 blocks per contest. On Jan. 12, he broke the NBA record for free-throw attempts in a game when he made 21 of 39 shots from the charity stripe in a victory over Golden State. Twelve days later, in a win over the Pacers, he tallied 14 points and became Orlando's all-time leading scorer. Howard totaled 43 double-doubles over the course of the season to rank second in the league. His feats did not go unnoticed as he was named to his fifth straight All-Star team. Howard also garnered First Team All-NBA accolades for the fifth year in a row and was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team for the fourth straight season.2010
Dwight Howard took his game to new heights during the 2010-11 campaign. He averaged a career-high 22.9 points per contest and continued to dominate on the boards by averaging 14.1 rebounds per game, ranking second in the league. Howard also shot 59.3 percent from the field and registered a 61.6 true-shooting percentage. Defensively, he continued to stand head and shoulders above his peers, ranking fourth in the NBA with 2.4 blocks per game while establishing a career-best 1.4 steals per contest. As a result, Howard was again named the Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in history to take home the award in three consecutive seasons. Other accolades included his fifth straight All-Star selection, fourth consecutive berth to the All-NBA First Team, and third straight election to the All-NBA Defensive First Team. Although the Magic were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, Howard shone as a dominating force. He turned in a 46-point, 19-rebound performance in Game 1 and finished the series with per-game averages of 27 points, 15.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.2009
For the fifth time in his first six NBA seasons, the durable Dwight Howard played in all 82 regular season games during the 2009-10 campaign. He continued to rank as one of the most dominant forces in basketball, averaging 18.3 points per game and converting a career-best 61.2 percent of his field-goal attempts, the top mark in the league. He also led the NBA with 13.2 rebounds per contest and 64 double-doubles, including a 33-point, 17-rebound performance against Detroit on Feb. 17. Howard cemented his reputation as a defensive force as well, leading the league with a per-game average of 2.8 blocks on the way to his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. The 6-foot-11 center also garnered his fourth straight All-Star berth and was named to the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive season. Anchored by Howard, the Magic made a deep run in the postseason before falling to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. In 14 playoff games, Howard averaged 18.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per contest.2008
The 2008-09 campaign was another season of dominance for Howard, who averaged 20.6 points while leading the NBA in both rebounding (13.8 per game) and blocks (2.9 per game). With 1,093 total rebounds, he led the league in that category for the second straight year, setting several records as he went along. Howard became the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 rebounds, the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in blocks, and the youngest player in NBA history to win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Howard put together 10 games with 20-plus rebounds and double-doubled a whopping 63 times. He also collected a rare triple-double with 30 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks on Nov. 12 against the Thunder. But Howard's biggest game of the season came Feb. 17, when he piled up 45 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks against Charlotte. Unsurprisingly, Howard was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the second straight year and earned his first All-Defensive First Team selection. Howard's dominant play guided the Magic to a 59-23 record and a trip to the NBA Finals, where they ultimately fell to the Lakers. Howard finished the postseason with averages of 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, leading the NBA in playoff rebounding for the second straight season. His biggest game of the playoffs came in the deciding Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when Howard scored 40 points with 14 rebounds to propel the Magic to the Finals.2007
Howard's fourth NBA season was a momentous one. He earned his second straight All-Star selection and his first All-NBA First Team nod. He was also selected to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the first time. Howard averaged a career-high 20.7 points per game to go along with 2.1 blocks and a league-leading 14.2 rebounds. The Magic increased their win total by 12 games behind Howard's stellar play, going 52-30. Howard's season highlights included 69 double-doubles (the most in the league), a new single-game high in points (39), and 11 games with at least 20 rebounds. He etched his name into the record books once more, becoming the youngest player to record 4,000 rebounds -- eclipsing a 56-year-old record. He also became the youngest player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding, beating Wilt Chamberlain's record by more than two years. The Magic lost to the Pistons in the second round of the playoffs, but Howard averaged 18.9 points along with an NBA-leading 15.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in postseason play. He scored 20-plus points with 20-plus rebounds three times in Orlando's first-round series against the Raptors.2006
Howard continued growing his game in his third NBA campaign, lifting his scoring average once again while remaining one of the biggest rebounding and shot-blocking threats in the league. His career-high 17.6 points per game were accompanied by 12.3 rebounds and a career-high 1.9 blocks. Howard's 1,008 total rebounds ranked first in the NBA. He also lifted his field-goal percentage to a healthy 60.3, good for a seven-point improvement over the season before and the second-best mark in the league. Once again, he was a paragon of health, as Howard played all 82 games for the third straight season to open his career. He recorded the first 30-point game of his career Jan. 10 against the Warriors, adding a season-high 25 rebounds in a monster effort. Howard went on to score 30-plus another five times, topping out with a 35-point effort on 14-of-15 shooting with 11 rebounds against the Sixers on Apr. 14. All told, he recorded 60 double-doubles and pulled down at least 20 rebounds four times. Along the way, he set a new NBA record by becoming the youngest player to reach 3,000 rebounds, surpassing Shaquille O'Neal by nearly two years. Howard's strong efforts were enough for him to earn his first All-Star nod, and he made the All-NBA Third Team as well. Howard also led the Magic to the playoffs for the first time in his career. Although they were swept in four games by the Pistons, Howard posted 15.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game in the series.2005
Howard followed up his outstanding rookie season with an even better one as a sophomore. After bulking up a little over the offseason, the impressive young center raised his scoring (15.8) and rebounding (12.5) averages while adding 1.4 blocked shots per game. He shot 53.1 percent from the field, a tick better than his rookie year, and he showed his durability by playing all 82 games again. Howard continued to set records when he became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 20-point, 20-rebound performance in a win over the Bobcats on Nov. 15. Still 19 years old at the time, Howard recorded his 1,000th career rebound just two weeks later in a Nov. 29 matchup against the Bulls, becoming the youngest player to reach that mark -- breaking Shaquille O'Neal's record by over a year. Howard set his season high in scoring with 28 points in an Apr. 15 win over the Sixers, adding a new career high with 26 rebounds. He ultimately recorded at least 20 rebounds in a game three times while piling up 60 double-doubles on the season, which tied for second in the NBA. Howard blocked a season-high six shots on Mar. 17, double-doubling with 18 points and 13 boards along the way. He was also selected to play on the Sophomore Team in the Rookie Challenge during the NBA's All-Star festivities.2004
Howard was selected with the first overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic out of high school, marking the second-straight season a high school player went first in the draft (LeBron James, 2003). He stuffed the stat sheet in his first professional game, going for 12 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and two assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 3. Howard finished the season averaging 12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. For his efforts, Howard earned All-Rookie First Team honors and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting behind Emeka Okafor (Charlotte) and Ben Gordon (Chicago). His strong inaugural campaign included 32 double-doubles, 11 games with at least 15 rebounds and three games with at least 20 rebounds. He also became the youngest player in NBA history to record 20 rebounds in a single game when he did so Dec. 1 against the Raptors at the age of 18 -- just 14 games into his career.
June 24, 2004Drafted by the Orlando Magic in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft. He later signed a rookie deal.
July 12, 2007Signed a five-year rookie scale extension with the Orlando Magic.
August 10, 2012As part of a four-team trade, traded by the Orlando Magic with Earl Clark and Chris Duhon to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Denver Nuggets traded Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, a 2013 2nd-round draft pick (Romero Osby was later selected) and a 2014 1st-round draft pick (Dario Saric was later selected) to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts and a 2017 2nd-round draft pick (Wesley Iwundu was later selected) to the Orlando Magic; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Orlando Magic traded Jason Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded Maurice Harkless, Nikola Vucevic and a 2018 1st-round draft pick (Landry Shamet was later selected) to the Orlando Magic. A 1st-round pick from Philadelphia to Orlando was eventually traded back to Philadelphia. A 1st-round pick from Los Angeles Lakers to Orlando turns into 2017 and 2018 2nd-round picks if the Lakers' 1st-round pick traded to Phoenix/Philadelphia does not convey by 2017.
July 13, 2013Signed a four-year contract with a player option with the Houston Rockets.
July 12, 2016Signed a three-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
June 20, 2017Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with a 2017 2nd-round draft pick (Frank Jackson was later selected) to the Charlotte Hornets for Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and a 2017 2nd-round draft pick (Tyler Dorsey was later selected).
July 6, 2018Traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Brooklyn Nets for Hamidou Diallo, Timofey Mozgov, cash and a 2021 2nd-round draft pick.
July 7, 2018Waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
July 11, 2018Signed a two-year contract with a player option with the Washington Wizards.
July 6, 2019Traded by the Washington Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies for C.J. Miles.
August 24, 2019Waived by the Memphis Grizzlies.
August 26, 2019Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
November 20, 2020Signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.