Dwight Howard

#12 C / Charlotte Hornets / EXP: 13YRS Height: 6-11 Weight: 265 lb Age: 31 College: No College

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Dwight Howard has had trouble finding a home since leaving Orlando six years ago, but his move to the Hornets appears to be one of his best fits yet. This is a Charlotte team who's struggled to find a center in the mold of Howard, who's comfortable on both sides of the floor. While the numbers have been decreasing in recent seasons for Howard, his 13.5 points, 12.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game averages from last season indicate there's still some gas left in the tank. He did that damage in his most efficient season, shooting a career-high 63.3 percent from the field. While his 29.0 minutes per game last season were a career-low, Howard likely won't see a dramatic increase in playing time, considering his spacing limitations and the fact that the Hornets still have Cody Zeller, who started 58 games a season ago. The key for Howard is health, as he's averaging just 64.5 games played across his last six seasons. With Zeller potentially stealing some minutes at center, Howard's not guaranteed to replicate last seasons numbers and he's also a brutal free-throw shooter. Those factors make Howard's Fantasy value tough to predict, though he's still going to be a double-double threat and a better-than-average rim protector who rebounds at one of the best rates in the NBA.

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  • Howard had 25 points (8-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-14 FT), 20 rebounds, and four blocks in 30 minutes during Monday's 118-102 win over the Timberwolves. Howard finished with a season high in scoring and matched his season high in swats while posting his fifth 20-plus point showing through 16 appearances. This was also the third time in 2017-18 that Howard hauled in at least 20 boards. He'll be going for his third straight double-double (and ninth of the campaign) when he faces off with the weaker but quicker Marcin Gortat in Wednesday's matchup with the Wizards.

  • Howard scored 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-6 FT) to go along with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block over 29 minutes in Saturday's 102-87 win against the Clippers. Howard collected 16 rebounds in order to clinch his seventh double-double of the season. The veteran center had a dominating night on the defensive glass, collecting 12 rebounds on defense. While he may not average 20-plus points game as he did with Orlando in 2011-12, Howard is averaging a mighty 12.5 rebounds this season. Howard looks to add to this rebound totals when Charlotte takes on Minnesota on Monday.

  • Howard mustered six points (2-8 FG, 2-9 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal across 27 minutes in Friday's 90-87 loss to the Celtics. Howard's foul trouble led to his lowest minutes total since Oct. 25. The 31-year-old big man still managed double-digit rebounds for the third time in five November contests, although his 25.0 percent success rate from the field was his worst in those games. Howard continues to be an outstanding source of boards and blocks that is also capable of solid scoring production in the majority of outings.

  • Howard tallied 21 points (9-11 FG, 3-3 FT), nine rebounds, one steal and one block across 30 minutes during Tuesday's 118-113 loss to the Knicks. Tuesday marked Howard's fourth 20-point outing of the year -- a mark he achieved 11 times last season. While he's not the scorer he once was, Howard is averaging 13.7 rebounds per game, which would be his highest mark since the 2011-12 season if achieved the whole year.

  • Howard (foot) partially participated in Tuesday morning's shootaround but is expected to play against the Knicks, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports. Despite dealing with a foot sprain, Howard is seemingly willing to push through the injury and play Tuesday. That said, he may be a risky DFS option considering he'll be playing hurt. If his workload is reduced, Cody Zeller would probably be the main beneficiary.

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