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]

After four years at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, Howard bypassed college and declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA draft.[4] The Magic selected him with the top pick.[5] 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.[6]

Howard is a devout Christian and often gives thanks to God for his successes.[7] But despite his "Christian" image, Howard has also fathered five children by five different women and has never married any of them, in most cases requiring the mothers to sign gag orders keeping his paternity quiet in exchange for child support. He has further had repeated run-ins with team ownership, coaches, and players (though run-ins with outspoken Kobe Bryant are one thing, run-ins with the usually quiet James Harden are another), making him an undesirable teammate.

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