Fast Facts

  • Won the 2004 Naismith Award as the nation's top high-school basketball player.
  • Was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic.
  • Appeared on ABC's Extreme Makeover, helping to build a house in Florida, in 2006.
  • Started at center for the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Won the Slam Dunk contest at the 2008 NBA All Star Game.
  • In 2009, became the youngest player to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Won again for the 2009 to 2010 season. 
  • Known for his charity work in central Florida and Atlanta, he established the Dwight D. Howard Foundation, offering scholarships and other help for disadvantaged youths.
  • In 2009, he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which honor athletes for charitable work.
  • Was among top vote-getters in balloting for the 2011 NBA All-Star team, of which he had already been a member four times.

Relationships

  • Royce Reed — Ex-significant Other
  • Sheryl Howard — Mother
  • Dwight Howard Sr. — Father
  • Jahaziel Howard — Brother
  • TaShanda — Sister
  • Braylon — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Dwight David Howard
  • Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
  • Birthday: December 8, 1985, Sagittarius
  • Profession: NBA basketball player
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