Dwight Howard isn’t the same brightly-grinning franchise center that he was back in 2009 when he helped the Orlando Magic reach their second final appearance in club history.
He left there and traveled to Los Angeles via trade and had a stop in Houston that ended almost as badly as his tenure in Hollywood did.
Now in Atlanta, D12 has been offered the chance at a fresh start in his hometown and a major role on the team that he grew up rooting for as a child.
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In an interview with Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated, Dwight touched on topics like his relationships with Kobe Bryant and James Harden and his faith.
The most interesting quotes he shared were about his goals and the possibility of making the Hall of Fame one day.
Dwight said: “No doubt. It’s kind of got swept under the rug because the perception of all the things that happened in Orlando. All of the media stuff.
“If you look at basketball itself, and I don’t ever talk about myself, but winning three Defensive Player of the Year trophies has never been done. Leading the league in rebounding six straight years. All that kind of stuff, I think that deserves it.”
Dwight does raise some valid point about his pure statistical argument as he was a dominant physical force in his prime and has maintained steady production amid two very volatile situations in H-Town and the City of Angels.
As Superman knows however, there are other parts to a being a hall of famer. Most people that make it into Springfield may not be universally beloved, but they are usually associated with the team that they played their best basketball for.
It remains to be seen if the image of Howard as a member of the Magic will be lasting in voters minds when his time comes. He has proved so divisive because of the turmoil that follows him that they may not give him the benefit of the doubt in a toss-up decision.
This season started off well for Atlanta as they had a positive record through most of the first two month of the campaign before they started to slide.
Kyle Korver was dealt to Cleveland, which left Howard and other veterans like Paul Millsap to press on in the face of a semi-rebuild.
With all of this going on he is still averaging a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds a game. He will have to keep these kinds of stats up if he’s to have the chance to make good on his prediction.