Dwight Howard
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NBA big man Dwight Howard, who most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers, says he is a Hall of Famer:

“It’s not up to me. But I think one day I’ll get the recognition that I deserve. Until then I’m going to continue to get better, continue to smile and continue to enjoy life.”

Howard has played 18 seasons for 7 teams, including the Magic and Rockets. He has averaged 15.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 1,242 regular-season games.

The center was selected to play in 8 All-Star games. He has won 3 Defensive Player of the Year awards and 1 NBA championship.