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Former NBA All-Star Dwight Howard is no stranger to the spotlight, and he recently took center stage in the basketball world with a provocative Instagram post.

In a bold move, the 37-year-old veteran ranked the top 10 all-time best defenders in Los Angeles Lakers history, notably positioning himself just above the legendary Shaquille O’Neal.

Howard’s rankings, sure to ignite discussions among fans and players alike, are as follows:

  1. Anthony Davis.
  2. Michael Cooper.
  3. Wilt Chamberlain.
  4. Kobe Bryant.
  5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
  6. James Worthy.
  7. Metta World Peace.
  8. Will Bynum.
  9. Dwight Howard.
  10. Shaquille O’Neal.

The controversial reordering of these defensive greats, with Howard placing himself ahead of Shaq, has raised eyebrows across the basketball community.

It remains to be seen how O’Neal, known for his jabs agains Howard, will react to this intriguing development.