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Sport Why Dwight Howard was major snub on NBA 75 list — and which players he could have replaced

00:40  23 october  2021
00:40  23 october  2021 Source:   sportingnews.com

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He has quietly stacked seven All-Star and five All- NBA appearances over 19,951 career points (48th all-time), 112.57 Win Shares (55th all-time), a 20.73 regular-season PER (62nd all-time) and a 19.65 playoff PER (60th all-time). I would be shocked to see him make the panel's official list of 75 Greatest Players in While no list is ever perfect, the league's 75 th Anniversary Team got a few things right: it didn't bounce anyone from the previous top-50 list , it righted the biggest wrongs from the top 50 by including Dominique Wilkins and Bob McAdoo and its biggest snub was Dwight Howard , a polarizing

The NBA 75 team is no exception, with social media instantly set alight with opinions on who should have made the list . Let's take a look at some of the NBA 75 snubs . Before his role playing days, Howard was one of the dominant forces in the league, particularly during his eight seasons with the Orlando Magic. An 8-time All-Star, 8-time All- NBA player , 3-time Defensive Player of the Year and NBA champion in 2020, Howard felt like he was an automatic selection before the team was announced.

After the full NBA 75 (well, 76) list was revealed on Thursday night, there seemed to be a common sentiment being shared on Twitter.

"Hey, I'm not a Dwight Howard fan, but come on now."

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The veteran center was arguably the biggest snub on the NBA's 75th anniversary team, which was selected by a panel of media members, current and former players, coaches and team executives. These lists are always highly subjective, but it's difficult to formulate a reasonable argument as to why Howard didn't make the cut.

Dwight Howard's case for the NBA 75 list

Let's start with Howard's resume. He is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, five-time All-Defensive selection, eight-time All-Star and eight-time All-NBA selection. He has career averages of 16.2 points (58.6 percent shooting), 12.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, but those numbers include the version of Howard that has come off the bench and played limited minutes.

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He has quietly stacked seven All-Star and five All- NBA appearances over 19,951 career points (48th all-time), 112.57 Win Shares (55th all-time), a 20.73 regular-season PER (62nd all-time) and a 19.65 playoff PER (60th all-time). I would be shocked to see him make the panel's official list of 75 Greatest Players in While no list is ever perfect, the league's 75 th Anniversary Team got a few things right: it didn't bounce anyone from the previous top-50 list , it righted the biggest wrongs from the top-50 by including Dominique Wilkins and Bob McAdoo and its biggest snub was Dwight Howard , a polarizing

Dikembe Mutombo and Dwight Howard — yes, Dwight Howard — have really good cases. So who got snubbed ? A handful of Hall of Fame players have very legitimate cases, starting with one of the Here’s a list of some NBA legends who got snubbed . • Dikembe Mutombo. Too many younger fans don’t realize how great Howard was in his first eight seasons in the league (before he rushed a return

During his prime Magic years (2006-07 through 2011-12), Howard posted 20.0 points (59.2 percent shooting), 13.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He was Orlando's franchise cornerstone, leading the team to 50-plus wins in four straight regular seasons (2007-08 through 2010-11) and an NBA Finals appearance in 2009. Howard wasn't just the most dominant big man at the time — he was also a constant part of the NBA MVP discussion, finishing in the top five in MVP voting four times. He was second to only Derrick Rose in 2010-11.

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The NBA revealed the final 26 names for its NBA 75 th Anniversary Team on Thursday, rounding out the top 76 chosen by a panel of voters that included current and former players , coaches, executives and media members. The list itself didn't feature a ton of surprises. Every player named to the top All of the players who were voted in will receive plenty of well-deserved praise, so they're not the focus of this piece. Instead, we'll zero in on what is surely the biggest conversation in the wake of this reveal. Who are the biggest snubs ? With the amount of talent that has made it to basketball 's highest level

He ’s never won any major individual award. He was a perennial loser until literally last year when he teamed up with arguably the best player I agree Dwight Howard should absolutely be there. This entire 75 list was meant to cause conversation and bring added attention to the NBA season.

After he left Orlando, Howard was still a force in the paint. He averaged a double-double for 14 consecutive seasons, tied with Charles Barkley and Moses Malone for the longest streak in league history. Remember that 2014 playoff series between the Rockets and Trail Blazers that ended with Damian Lillard's buzzer-beater? Howard put up a ridiculous 26.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game. Houston reached the Western Conference finals the next season, but unfortunately for the Rockets, that was the start of the Warriors' dynasty.

Even if you want to focus on late-career Howard, it should be noted that he filled an important role on a championship team in 2019-20. LeBron James and Anthony Davis were the most significant pieces on that Lakers roster, but Howard's willingness to do the dirty work mattered.

Why didn't Dwight Howard make the NBA 75 list?

Look, putting these lists together is challenging. Some voters may have truly felt that Howard didn't deserve a spot on the 75th anniversary team because he is not one of the 75 greatest players of all time. Again, highly subjective.

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If he had known he was going to get snubbed , Dwight Howard may not have been so excited to welcome fans to the 75 th anniversary season. He is the only player in league history to win the NBA ’s Defensive Player of the Year in three consecutive seasons. Howard has 13,000 rebounds and 2,000 blocks in his career. The only other players to accomplish that in the NBA thus far are an elite group: Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Robert Parish and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

NBA players sound off on # NBA 75 snub pic.twitter.com/mdsD1XfrJN. Entering the 2004 NBA Draft as the number one overall pick straight from high school, Howard was a force to be reckoned with back in the day. The core foundation of the Orlando Magic from late 2000s to early 2010s, his outstanding power and verticality willed the team to outduel League MVP LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers for a slot to the 2009 NBA Finals, wherein they unfortunately fell against the Lakeshow in five, 4-1.

With that said, it's hard to imagine that Howard's reputation didn't at least enter the minds of the voters on the panel. He left Orlando rather unceremoniously. He clashed with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. James Harden didn't like him, either. He declared that he wanted to end his career with the Hawks, Hornets and Wizards, then lasted only one season with each team. He tells incredibly corny jokes. Oh, and he had a dumb beef with Shaquille O'Neal for way too long.

FS1's Nick Wright put it in basic terms, saying on "First Things First" that the list is "too much like the cool kids' table at lunch rather than the most prestigious group in NBA history."

"He didn't get on the list because Shaq's made fun of him for a decade and because people don't like him," Wright said. "It's unfair. And that is, without question, the biggest indictment on the list as a whole."

Who should Dwight Howard have replaced on the NBA 75 list?

The rule is that, if you want to put somebody on the list, you have to take someone off. There are a number of players who don't possess an equal or better resume than Howard, but two selections from the modern era stand out: Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard.

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Lillard has been terrific over nearly a decade in Portland. He will likely go down as the greatest Trail Blazer of all time and a Hall of Famer. However, he only has six All-NBA selections to his name at this stage in his career (one First Team, four Second Team, one Third Team). He has also never reached the NBA Finals. Perhaps voters considered his future production, but as of right now, this is a no-contest in favor of Howard.

The Davis vs. Howard argument is more interesting, but it's one that Howard should still win. Davis will also end up in the Hall of Fame one day, but he can't currently match what Howard has accomplished. It's worth pointing out that Davis only won one playoff series with the Pelicans before joining James on the Lakers.

Accolade / Stat Howard Davis
All-Star 8 8
All-NBA 8 4
First Team All-NBA 5 4
All-Defensive 5 4
Defensive Player of the Year 3 0
Points (career) 19,118 13,496
Rebounds (career) 14,277 5,780
Blocks (career) 2,192 1,325
Rebounds leader (seasons) 5 0
Blocks leader (season) 2 3
NBA championships 1 1

This is not to dismiss Davis or Lillard. They were both candidates worth discussing, and if the league unveils an NBA 100 list one day, they will be on it.

When it comes down to it, though, Howard should have been on this list. He wasn't — probably because of things that have nothing to do with basketball.

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