Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard made his debut in Taiwan’s T1 League with the Taoyuan Leopards on Saturday and he did not disappoint the many fans that came out to see him. Howard put together a jaw-dropping performance that has to be seen to be believed.
Howard dropped 38 points on 14-of-32 shooting, which included him shooting 2-for-10 from beyond the arc. He added 25 rebounds, nine assists, and four blocks to power the Leopards to a 120–115 victory over New Taipei CTBC DEA.
In his NBA career, the most threes he had ever taken in a season was 20, which came during the 2020-2021 season.
After the game, the 36-year-old was named the player of the game for his efforts, which helped lead Taoyuan back from a double-digit deficit at the start of the fourth quarter.
Howard, a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and multi-time All-NBA selection, announced his decision to play for the Leopards earlier this month.
“I have always loved the energy I felt visiting Taiwan as you can see I still have posters hanging up on my walls from my first 2 times visiting!” he wrote. “I’m ready to enjoy life by playing the sport I love in front of a bunch of people that Love me & for my people in Taiwan have your posters ready to welcome yours truly,”
Howard last played in the NBA for the Lakers during the 2021–22 season. Despite him still being good enough to be in the league, it’s nice to see him thriving and getting the love he deserves as a future hall of fame player.