Towards the latter part of his career, Dwight Howard has evolved into a key role player that can provide valuable minutes off the bench. Given his reduced role, it’s actually easy to forget that he was actually one of the best big men in the league during his heyday.
As such, Howard has amassed quite a fortune throughout his colorful NBA career. As of this writing, the 6-foot-10 center is already in his 16th season in the league. Throughout his tenure, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year has pocketed quite a hefty sum in salaries — be it on or off the court — and below we take a closer look at his net worth in 2020.
Estimated Net Worth: $140 million
Celebrity Net Worth lists Dwight Howard with an estimated net worth of $140 million as of 2020. Quite a substantial amount for a role player that barely hits 20 minutes on a nightly basis, right? Even more surprising for those who are not able to appreciate just how dominant Howard was during his prime.
Howard was the first overall pick in the 2004 draft, with the Orlando Magic snagging him from the board as their next cornerstone big man. He was touted as the next big thing — literally — in Orlando following the departure of Shaquille O’Neal nearly a decade earlier.
Howard made a huge impact on the league early on in his career, and by Year 3, he was already a bona fide All-Star. This was rewarded by his first substantial contract, with Orlando signing Howard to a five-year rookie extension worth $83.2 million.
Howard’s Magic career reached its pinnacle in 2009, when he led the team all the way to the NBA Finals, only to be defeated by a Kobe Bryant-led Los Angeles Lakers squad. As fate would have it, Howard ended up joining Kobe in LA some three years later, with the Magic pulling the trigger on a blockbuster four-team deal that saw an end to the Howard era in Orlando.
In LA, Howard had an infamously disappointing single-season stint, clashing heads with Bryant on multiple occasions. Howard became a free agent by the end of the 2012-13 campaign, and at that point, there was no chance he was re-signing with the Lakers.
This led to Howard taking his talents to Texas, as he put pen to paper on a four-year max deal with the Houston Rockets worth $87.5 million. At 28, Howard was one of the premier big men in the league at that time, and the Rockets dug deep into their pockets to bring him to Houston.
After three years with the Rockets, however, Howard opted to decline the final year of his contract amounting to $23.3 million. He entered free agency and eventually penned another huge contract with the Atlanta Hawks for $70.5 million for three years.
Howard then had an up-and-down journey over the next four years, bouncing from team to team — and collecting a few million here and there — before finally landing back with the Lakers in 2019 on a minimum deal.
In terms of endorsement deals, though, Howard was not exactly a very marketable individual despite being one of the best players in the entire league at one point in his career. Nonetheless, he did sign a massive deal with Chinese sneaker brand Peak in 2015, which is estimated to be in the range of $15 to $30 million.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates that Dwight Howard still earns more than $5 million per year in endorsements alone.