Dwight Howard is one of the best centers in NBA history. “Superman” holds career NBA averages of 16.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 blocks in the regular season with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards.
Just like the other dominant centers in league history, Howard is a terrible free-throw shooter. The former No. 1 overall pick is a career 56.5 percent shooter from the charity stripe.
Because he’s not a shooter, Howard has only attempted 68 triples in his NBA career. The future Hall of Famer has made just nine, giving him a career percentage of 13.2 beyond the arc.
With that said, let’s take a look at all nine 3-pointers Dwight Howard has luckily made in his NBA career.
1. January 5, 2007
In a blowout win against the Charlotte Bobcats, Howard nailed a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer for the Magic, the first 3 of his career.
After the game, Howard claimed divine intervention helped him get his first 3.
“I think an angel came down and guided the ball through the net,” Dwight Howard said. “And I think I’m going to quit shooting them now and just remember that I’m 100 percent from behind the 3-point line this year.”
2. November 30, 2012
During his first stint with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, Howard hit a 3-pointer against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
Obviously, the crowd and Lakers bench went wild.
3. December 13, 2013
Playing for the Rockets, Howard hit a 3 versus the Golden State Warriors off a nice pass from James Harden.
As expected, Houston’s bench loved it.
4. January 18, 2014
Howard hit a contested 3 at the end of the shot clock for the Rockets against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Once again, Houston’s bench went crazy.
5. January 23, 2015
With the shot clock running down against the Phoenix Suns, Howard hit a 3-pointer for the Rockets.
In grand fashion, Howard got the nice shooter’s touch on this one.
6. March 6, 2018
For the Hornets, Howard made a 3 at the buzzer against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Howard even hit all net on this one.
7. December 4, 2019
Back in Los Angeles playing for the Lakers again, Howard sank a corner 3 during an easy win against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City.
Howard and the Lakers’ bench were loving it.
8. January 7, 2020
Just a month later after his seventh career triple, Howard pulled up from 3 once again and splashed it home against the lowly New York Knicks at Staples Center.
LeBron James and the entire Lakers bench danced in celebration.
9. January 13, 2020
Howard hit another beautiful 3-pointer at Staples Center one week later, this time against LeBron’s old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was the final 3-pointer Howard made before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19.