Dwight Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Further, he had played as a center during his high school basketball playing career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. During that the NBA champion ha won eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Moreover, he chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA draft. In the draft, the Orlando Magic selected him in the first overall. Since then he has played with several NBA teams: Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. Let us scroll over to know more information on him.
Caption: The Basketball player, Dwight Howard.
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Dwight Howard: Bio, Family, Early Career
The player was born on 8 December 1985 as Dwight David Howard II in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born as the son of Dwight Sr. and Sheryl Howard, a family with strong athletic connections. Before he was born, his mother had seven miscarriages. He has a nationality of American and follows Christianity since his youth.
Regarding her education, he had attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, mostly playing as a power forward. During his high school senior year, he was widely recognized as the best American high school basketball player. He was honored as one of the 35 greatest McDonald’s All-Americans too. He chose to forego college and announced to join in the 2004 NBA draft.
Therefore, in 1995, the Orlando Magic selected him first overall over UConn junior Emeka Okafor. He then finished his rookie season with an average of 12 points and 10 rebounds. In 2007, he received his first NBA All-Star selection as a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. From 2012-13, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers after he was traded y Orlando. At the time, he took six months off from basketball after his April back surgery.
Howard signed with the Houston Rockets in July 2013 and joined with James Harden to form a formidable duo. However, he became an unrestricted free agent in June 2016 after declining his $23 million player option for the 2016-17 season. He then joined for the 2016-17 season with Atlanta Hawks signing a three-year and $70 million contract. In 2017, he was traded by the Hawks to the Charlotte Hornets in the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
In 2018, he was first traded to Brooklyn Nets on July 6the and later signed with the Washington Wizards on 12 July. He player 2018-19 season with the Wizards. However, in July 2019, he was again traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and in August 2019, Grizzlies waived him. He returned to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on 26 August 2019 with the signing amount of $2.6 million. In November 2020, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers to a one-year deal worth $2,564,753. In August 2021, he had his third stint with the Los Angeles Lakers and currently playing with the team.
Dwight Howard: Personal Life & Girlfriend
The player has been in a few relationships previously from which he has welcomed five children from five different women. Further, one of his children named David’s mother passed away on 27 March 2020 due to an epileptic seizure. He has not revealed much information on his ex-girlfriends but he had some legal issues with the mother of his oldest child.
However, Howard won a defamation judgment against Royce Reed in 2010. Also, on the claims made by Reed, Cobb County, Georgia police had investigated him in October 2015 that Howard had abused their son. During the investigations, Howard had admitted that he had to hit Braylon with a belt. Also, he added that he was mannered in the same way in his growing days. Additionally, he had married WNBA player Te’a Cooper quietly tied the knot after the NBA Bubble in Orlando but they later separated.
Dwight Howard: Net Worth & Social Media Profiles
The American professional basketball player has been accumulating a hefty amount of money from his gameplay. He has been reported to have an estimated net worth of around $140 million. Further, he has played with many NBA teams and has made a popular brand name of his in NBA history.
He is highly active over different social media platforms with verified accounts. He has an Instagram account @dwighthoward with 3 million followers. On Twitter, he has an account @dwighthoward with 6.4million followers. He has a Facebook account under his name with over 4.6 million followers.
Dwight Howard: Body Measurements
The sportsperson has a strong and athletic body that stands to a height of 6 feet 10 inches or 2.08 meters. His body weighs around 120 kg with unknown body measurements of chest, waist, or hips. He has black eyes color with deadlock brown hair color.