Who Is Dwight Howard?
Many might think this is a silly question because he is seen as the most dominant big man in the NBA, but he wasn't always what you see now.
Howard went to Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy where he boasts an impressive high-school record. He opted not to go to College and entered the NBA draft in 2004, taken by Orlando with the number one pick.
He was signed the Magic and became a blocking machine, picking up the award for best defensive player two years in a row and also helping Orlando to the Finals where they were beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Howard was also the slam dunk champion where he first acknowledged the nickname as the Man of Steel by performing a dunk leaping in a Superman outfit. The velocity in the leap made fans question is he really was Superman after they saw him basically fly to the rim.
Its not only that Howard can take off like the Man of Steel - he also had the strength to withstand players like Shaquille O'Neal back in the day and DeAndre Jordan today. He can battle his way to the hoop and he has the highest vertical leap in the NBA after beating Shaq's record.
Howard takes a lot of pride in his body and always stayed longer after training to prepare it for the battles ahead. He joined the Lakers hoping the partnership would be a force to be reckoned with and send the Lakers back to the top and challenge the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder for supremacy.
However, it didn't quite work out like that. Howard was unfortunately too injury prone and couldn't produce with Kobe Bryant.
It looked like the Man of Steel phase had passed and he wouldn't be the same player he used to be until a lifeline was thrown his way - known as the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets have a young team after their rebuilding effort and did very well not to be dragged to the bottom of the pack. As soon as they secured James Harden, they had their centre piece and this helped them to bring in more big name talents like Jeremy Lin and Howard
Rockets coach Kevin McHale was an NBA power forward and a perfect fit for Howard as he is now back to his best and has been dominating the NBA like before.
The Rockets have a very good team and I believe if Harden and Howard can carry on performing at the top level, then they have a very good shot in the playoffs of getting to the finals.
Lucky for Houston, they have 'Fear the Beard' James Harden and The Man of Steel back to his best.