Dwight Howard’s basketball career continued in Taiwan. While his team has struggled tremendously and Shaquille O’Neal has used this to continue his long-standing feud with his ex-Magic and Lakers Center colleague, it seems like Howard is having a good time and putting up big numbers as a member of the Taoyuan Leopard’s.
His first year abroad included an All-Star nod as Howard played in the first All-Star game of the T1 League on Tuesday. While his team lost – Team Infinity beat Team Beyond 179-124 – the eight-time NBA All-Star won the game’s MVP award with a performance of 37 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. But that wasn’t all Howard did at the event, as he also attended an NBA All-Star event that made its way to Taiwan’s showcase of its best basketball players.
That’s right: Dwight Howard was in the Three Point Contest. Howard announced this on his Instagram account back on February 19 – “I’m finally stepping out of my comfort zone and doing what I know I can do despite what anyone has to say,” he wrote – and although he was never known for his ability to knock down shots from deep, he didn’t do badly.
Howard’s 15 points, despite taking too long and not finishing the final game despite having 70 seconds to complete the round, was better than the scores of Julius Randle (13) and Kevin Huerter (8) during the three- NBA points competition earlier month. Unfortunately for Howard, he couldn’t make it through the first round as he would have had to reach 23 to advance.
As for the All-Star event, which he won in the US, Howard was not a contestant in the dunk contest, instead judging the contest. He was an important part of the night’s final dunk, however, as the 6’2 Tainan TSG GhostHawks’ Liu Chun-Ting vaulted over Howard and knocked him down.
Lin left an admirable impression of Mac McClung as he was close to perfect en route to winning the event.
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