The NBA has been the world's most prestigious basketball league for as long as I can remember, and the number of talented players to walk through the various doors of NBA arenas is just too many to remember. With the amount of talent that has represented the league, one would be hard-pressed to narrow down a list of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. However, one name most certainly should have been included, and that is Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard.
"I didn't know winning three Defensive Player of the Year awards in a row, and it should've been four, is something that is considered not good."
The list was released over a month ago, so this may seem to be old news, but despite being the most glaring snub (yes, even more than Klay Thompson), this is Howard's first time to share his true feelings on the matter. According to The Athletic, Howard was arguably the league's best big man for about 6-7 years, and some may say that we haven't seen a big man as dominant as Dwight since. He may be a role player on the Lakers now but in his opinion, his prime years in the NBA stack up with the best to ever do it.
"There's guys who don't have those many accolades. I'm the (youngest) player that's (reached) 1K, 2K, 3K, all the way up to 9K rebounds. That doesn't add up. So, where is the miscommunication? Where is the lie with my stats?"
Howard is absolutely right. His accomplishments certainly match if not exceed those of several players on the list, if Russell Westbrook is on the list for being one of two players in NBA history to average a triple-double for the season, why isn't Howard on there for being the only player to win DPOY in three consecutive seasons?
Dwight's career took an interesting turn after he left Orlando, which is likely why he was left off the list. However, Howard's years of dominance are as good as it gets for NBA superstars. Before this statement, Howard made it clear that being on the list does not matter to him, and maybe it still does not. I think it is good that he finally spoke out on the matter to call the basketball world's attention to the recency bias that goes on way too often when following NBA basketball. The body of work matters, so if you dominated the league the way Howard did for several years in his career, it's on the league and the media that covers it to ensure these efforts are not forgotten.