A hit is a hit for Dwight Howard.
I will keep this brief, Howard was fouled 816 times that merited free throw attempts according to the statistics available in NBA.com. All other players close to him are all perimeter players who get no where near the type of bodily abuse Howard gets inside the paint.
To put it in perspective, Howard is listed at 265 lbs. For him to elevate off the ground with somebody pulling on his shoulder, he needs to generate enough force not only bring his weight up, he also has to muster enough force to counter the pulling force of the opponent.
Shoulder Adduction and Shoulder Extension are mostly the actions perfromed by people giving fouls to him to stop him from shooting the ball. Mind you, all these people lift weights greater than 25 to 50 lbs. If they render these forces to Howard, we would total to these numbers.
816 (times he was fouled-non shooting fouls not included)
x 25 lbs-50lbs (at the least)
20,400 to 40,800 lbs of trauma experienced by his body for 2009-10 regular season.
In other words, 248 lbs average hits per game in 82 games hits
see if you do not loose your cool
if you dropped on your shoulders per game......(this is where everyone fills in...)
1 gallon of water dropped 31 times on your shoulders per game
or 10-lbs bowling ball dropped 24.8 x on your shoulders per game
I did not even calculate the accelerated force applied on those shoulders with a fast approaching hack and the 9.8 m/sec2 value of gravity on an accelerating mass...
Have other perimeter players try that type of abuse and see what they feel...
please provide your examples...and your insight...