Dwight Howard was born to a highly athletic family. His father, a Georgia State Trooper, serves as Athletic Director of Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, and Howard’s mother was on the inaugural women’s basketball team at Morris Brown College. From an early age Howard took a liking to basketball, and by eighth grade, he resolved to be selected as the number one pick in the NBA Draft. In 2004, Howard’s resolution came true – there was a Dwight Howard appearance as the number one pick in the NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, selecting the young Howard right out of high school over the seasoned UConn senior Emeka Okafor.
In his first season with the Magic, Howard set numerous NBA records. He finished his rookie season averaging 12 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. He became the youngest player in NBA history to average a double double in the regular season, became the youngest player to average at least 10 rebounds in a season, and the youngest NBAer to record at least 20 rebounds in a game.
Howard has continued improving since his rookie campaign. Now a full-fledged center, Howard is the leader of the Orlando Magic, a leading rebounder in the league, and, in 2009, Howard was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
**Dwight Howard Speaker**
As a devout Christian, any Dwight Howard speaker appearance is sure to highlight his faith in God and how his faith has helped lead him to a successful NBA career.
**Dwight Howard Appearance**
Perhaps the most famous Dwight Howard appearance came in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Competition over all-star weekend. For his dunk, Howard donned a Superman cape, earning himself that year’s title as well as the nickname of “Superman.”
**Dwight Howard Endorsement**
Perhaps the best Dwight Howard endorsement came when Howard was selected to represent his country as a member of Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Coached by hall-of-famer Mike Krzyzewski and teaming with All-Stars Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and Dwayne Wade, Howard helped Team USA return to the gold medal platform.
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