Without a contract since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, the soon-to-be 37-year-old center Dwight Howard has signed up with the Taiwanese Taoyuan Leopards.
A few days ago, he said he was ready to play in the NBA again and even offered his services to the Golden State Warriors to serve as a mentor to young James Wiseman. But it is ultimately on the side of Taiwan that Dwight Howard will bring all his experience. The pivot, who will turn 37 in a month, has indeed signed up with the Taoyuan Leopards. ” Can’t wait to see the fans, eat the local food and have a good time…and win the championship “, said “Batman” on his social networks. Dwight Howard’s NBA career is not yet officially over, since nothing prevents him from returning one day to the big league. But the native of Atlanta has decided to turn a page, eighteen years after his draft as No. 1, by the Orlando Magic.
A title in 2010 with the Lakers in the bubble
The Florida franchise had some of its finest hours thanks to its 2.08m pivot, even reaching the final in 2009, before losing to the Lakers. After eight seasons at the Magic, including one with 23 points and 14 rebounds on average, it was precisely at the Lakers that Dwight Howard chose to give new impetus to his career in 2012. But this corresponded to a long period of decline for Howard, tossed from franchise to franchise (Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington). Before returning to the Lakers in 2019-20, where he won his first (and last) NBA title, in the Orlando bubble. Then passed by Philadelphia, and again the Lakers last season (6.2pts average), Dwight Howard will have had a career made up of ups and downs. And he is therefore an eight-time All Star (2007-14), triple best defender of the year (2009-11), five times selected in the typical team of the season (2008-12), winner of the 2008 All Star Game dunks and 2008 Olympic champion who will evolve in the Taiwanese championship in the coming months.