In the lead up to the 2021-22 NBA season, the league released a list of the top 75 players in NBA history. It wasnt done in the clearest format, including the fact that the list eventually included 76 players, but the reaction was swift and debates began over which players should have made the cut that didn not.
Howard, who is still playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, was, nevertheless, left out, and Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report asked him about the snub this week.
"I knew I wasn't going to be on NBA 75," says Dwight Howard after being left off the game.
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Howard said I knew I wasnt going to be on it shortly after the question was finished and that he always knew the top 75 would not include him. When asked why, Howard replied, it was purely political.
Howard certainly isnt the only player with a real case for inclusion, but, as much as he claimed that if it was coming, the eight-time All-NBA center did assert that the final decision should have been made.
Howard said, I most certainly should be on that list, but its okay. I wasnt upset about it for about 30 seconds. Im still playing basketball in my 18th season. Who cares?
Howards reputation has tended to make his game less valuable for years, resulting in him being undervalued; he has eight All-Star and eight NBA selections, and a five-time rebounding champion and three-Time Defensive Player of the Year. While his career hasnt been as stellar in the past, it would be foolish to overlook how great / outstanding Howard was at his peak.
Howards claim that the list was made by people who havent bounced a basketball before isn't necessarily true either.