Top 5 Accomplishments in Dwight Howard’s Career So Far

Top 5 Accomplishments in Dwight Howard's Career So Far

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Dwight Howard's career has taken a lot of turns, both good and bad. He was one of the most likable players early in his career with the Magic. He became a villain in Los Angeles because of the way he left Orlando. Now he has found a way to fly under the radar in Houston, which is probably for the best. Despite all of that, he has had some great moments in his career. Here are Howard's top five accomplishments so far.

5. Winning the Slam Dunk Contest

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5. Winning the Slam Dunk Contest

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It's pretty hard to make dunks look impressive when you are 6-foot-11. Dwight Howard accomplished that and then some. Sure, he didn't actually dunk the ball on his Superman attempt, but isn't throwing the ball down into the hoop almost more impressive? Regardless, Howard became the tallest champion of the slam dunk contest.

4. Eight All-Star Appearances

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4. Eight All-Star Appearances

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Dwight Howard is currently on a streak of eight-consecutive All-Star appearances. Only four active players have longer current streaks in the NBA. More than anything, this shows that Howard has consistently been one of the best players in the league during his career.

3. All-NBA First Team

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3. All-NBA First Team

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What's better than the All-Star team? The All-NBA First Team. Howard received this honor five-straight years from 2008-2012. This accomplishment shows he was the best big man in the NBA for an extended period of time.

2. Reaching the NBA Finals

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2. Reaching the NBA Finals

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Being the best player on a team that reaches the NBA Finals is no small feat. Orlando might have lost the series, but Dwight Howard leading that team to the Finals has to be one of the shining moments of his career. He was a monster on the defensive end of the floor, and he also created so much space on offense.

1. 3-Straight Defensive Player of the Year Honors

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1. 3-Straight Defensive Player of the Year Honors

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Winning one Defensive Player of the Year award would be good enough to make this list. Howard went ahead and won it three years in a row. He is the only player in NBA history to accomplish that, and only two players, Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo, have won the award more times than Howard.

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