Hawks Dwight Howard Signing Autographs For Road Fans (Video)

Above is original video of Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard signing autographs, prior to a game against the Pistons, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The film is provided by Lance Martinez from My Detroit Sports.

The 31-year-old Howard returned to his hometown Hawks, over the summer, upon signing a three-year/$70 million contract. Howard attended high school at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, located 10 miles southwest of Philips Arena, the Hawks downtown Atlanta home venue.

After spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Orlando Magic (Howard was the first overall pick in the 2004 draft), the 6-11 center has bounced around the NBA, amid what turned out to be controversial stints with both the Lakers and Rockets.

As a result of Howard’s turbulent stops in LA and Houston, many have forgotten what a great career the man has put together. Howard has been selected to eight All-Star Games, while getting voted First Team All-NBA on five occasions. The three-time defensive player of the year has led the league in rebounds five times and blocks twice.

Like him or not, Dwight Howard is almost certainly headed for the hall of fame.

This season, Howard is averaging 13.5 points, 13.0 rebounds (fourth in the NBA) and 1.3 blocks. For his career, the Atlanta product has tallied 17.6 points, 12.7 boards and 2.0 blocks per contest.

Howard admirers can check out other pieces of original video, chronicling the big man’s interactions with fans, via this link.