Dwight Howard

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Dwight Howard, born December 8, 1985, plays center and power forward for the NBA's Orlando Magic.[1] He has won several honors during his career including 2004 Georgia Mr. Baskeball and a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[2] He is also known for wearing a Superman cape during his winning effort in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[3] Howard is a devout Christian and often gives thanks to God for his successes.[4]

After four years at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Howard bypassed college and declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA draft.[5] The Magic selected him with the top pick.[6] He was named to the NBA All-Rookie first team after averaging a double-double while playing in all 82 games. Following two more solid seasons, including an appearance in the All-Star Game, Howard was rewarded by the team with a long term contract extension.[7]