Los Angeles Lakers’ veteran center Dwight Howard entered an elite group of players Friday night after the 116-105 win over the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard passed Nate Thurmond for 10th place among the league’s all-time rebounding leaders.
Howard, who started his career in Orlando after the Magic selected him No. 1 overall in 2004, leading the team to one Finals’ appearance back in 2009.
Howard went to win his first NBA title 11 years later with the Lakers. The veteran center trails by fewer than 200 boards from ninth-place Kevin Garnett.
The Lakers’ big man owns five rebounding titles in addition to eight All-Star honors, eight All-NBA selections, five All-Defensive nods, three Defensive Player of the Year awards, and two blocks titles.
Howard made just his 10th start with the Lakers in Friday’s win in Orlando. The Lakers, who have experienced many inconsistencies through the season, are hoping to find a steady starting lineup to get through for the rest of the season.