A couple quick bullet points before the Magic's game tonight against its divisional rival, the Miami Heat.
I know this was announced a few days ago but I felt it was necessary to properly recognize Dwight Howard for his achievement.
He was the first to dress as Superman to win a dunk contest.
He's now the first player to get 3 million votes from fans.
Yes, the All-Star game is fast becoming Dwight Howard's personal showcase.
The Orlando Magic center -- who l eads the NBA in rebounds, blocked shots and double-doubles -- got a record 3,150,181 votes to lead this season's All-Star team, released Thursday.
The Feb. 15 game in Phoenix will mark the third All-Star trip for Howard, who'll be starting for the second time and easily topped the previous record of 2,558,278 votes collected by Houston's Yao Ming four years ago.
With a stat line like this, who can argue?
- 25.4 PER -->> 4th in NBA
- Win Shares (7.3) -->> 3rd in NBA
- ORtg (114)
- DRtg (94) -->> 1st in NBA
AND Dwight leads the NBA in rebounds/game (14.0) & blocks/game (3.2).
Can we upgrade Howard's status from superstar to überstar now?
- Kyle Hightower of the Orlando Sentinel gathers the Magic's reaction following the team's loss to the Boston Celtics two nights ago.
- Also, make sure to drop by Third Quarter Collapse tomorrow when I will unveil the winners of the inaugural 3QC Mid-Season Awards ' show.' There are six categories total: