Dwight Howard, born December 8, 1985, plays center and power forward for the NBA's Orlando Magic. He has won several honors during his career including 2004 Georgia Mr. Baskeball and a Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is also known for wearing a Superman cape during his winning effort in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Howard is a devout Christian and often gives thanks to God for his successes.
After four years at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Howard bypassed college and declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA draft. The Magic selected him with the top pick. 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.