Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard was named the Eastern Conference’s Player of the Week on Monday for the third time this season and the 14th time in his illustrious seven-year NBA career.
Dwight smashed the opposition to the tune of 26 points and 13.3 rebounds in four games last week for the Magic. He had two 30-point games last week and grabbed at least 13 rebounds in three of the four games.
Dwight had 33 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in the Magic’s thrilling loss to the Boston Celtics. On Wednesday against Philadelphia, he poured in 18 points, snatched seven rebounds and blocked two shots.
Dwight needed just three quarters of work on Friday to batter the Toronto Raptors for 31 points and 19 rebounds. He had 17 points and seven rebounds in the third quarter alone of that game to lift the Magic to their eighth consecutive home victory.
And on Saturday in Houston, Dwight hit the Rockets for 22 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots in the 14-point victory.
For the season, Dwight is averaging a career-best 22.1 points per game. He also ranks second in the league in rebounding (13.3 rpg.), third in double-doubles (32), fifth in blocked shots (2.2) and fifth in field goal percentage (57 percent).
Dwight, a consensus All-NBA pick last season, is making his strongest case yet to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He’s the only player in the league who ranks in the top 15 in the league in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. And his Magic are once again positioned near the top of the Eastern Conference despite making two blockbuster trades in December.