How the N.B.A. Forgot Dwight Howard

Howard went from being a dominant defender “the world revolved around” to an overlooked sub on the Lakers. What happened?

The people who watched Dwight Howard dominate the N.B.A. up close don’t need reminders of how great he once was.

They remember when he and LeBron James were the best players in the league. They remember what made Howard a three-time defensive player of the year, an eight-time All-Star and a member of the All-N.B.A. first team five years in a row.

When they saw the N.B.A.’s 75th anniversary list of the best players ever, selected by a panel of media, players and coaches, they realized someone had been forgotten: Howard.

“That was

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