Showing the same kind of power with the fans that he does on the basketball court, Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight Howard became the Eastern Conference’s leading vote-getter for the Feb. 20 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Dwight will be making his fifth appearance in the mid-season all-star game and his fourth straight as the East’s starting center. Dwight’s 2,099,204 votes easily bested that of fellow East starters LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Amare Stoudemire. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the only player with more votes than Dwight with 2,380,016.
“I’m always thankful for all of the people out there who voted for me. It’s a blessing to have that kind of support,’’ said Dwight, who scored a season-best 40 points in Friday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls. “My first year I didn’t have a lot of votes, but every year since then it’s just kept on increasing more and more.without the fans and their support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.’’
Dwight will debut a second version of his signature adidas shoes during the NBA All-Star Game. Dwight will sport the Super Beast, while first-time starter Rose will debut the adiZero Rose 1.5. Other adidas athletes will wear the adiPure or Crazy 8 basketball shoes during NBA All-Star.
Dwight will debut the adidas Super Beast on the court for the first time at the NBA All-Star Game. The shoe features an all-new support system built for his unique style of play. The double stacked Z shaped TORSION SYSTEM features two deep grooves that run along the arch that allows the foot to easily rotate or twist inward, but slow the rate that the ankle can roll outward. This simple solution limits injuries and increases the body’s energy efficiency.
Dwight is averaging a career-best 22.4 points per game, while ranking second in the NBA in rebounding (13.4), third in double-doubles (35), fifth in blocked shots (2.23) and sixth in field goal percentage (57.4 percent). He has 28 20-point games and seven 30-point games and twice he’s scored 39 points, topped only by Friday’s 40-point effort.
Dwight said that he considers it a true honor to play in the all-star game and he wants to represent the people who voted for him to play. Never, he stressed, will playing in the all-star game get old to him.
“Just to be there at the game and a part of the whole weekend is it’s own reward,’’ Dwight stressed. “The way I look at it, the all-star game is completely for the fans. It’s a way of giving back for me. It truly is a blessing.’’