In a recent episode of the Knuckleheads Podcast, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy shared his perspective on the legacies of two prominent big men, Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis.
Van Gundy, who coached Howard during their time together with the Orlando Magic, expressed his belief that Howard deserves recognition among the NBA’s all-time greats, even ahead of Anthony Davis.
“To me, the only guys you could even talk about in his league at that time [of Howard’s peak, from roughly 2008-12] were LeBron and Kobe,” he said, via Alexis Kirschenbaum of Sports Illustrated. “I think Anthony Davis is great, but at the time they selected [the NBA’s 75th anniversary team in 2022], I mean, it’s not close. You cannot make a case that Anthony Davis had a better career than Dwight Howard, that’s absolutely ridiculous.”