Dwight Howard is confident his career is worthy of recognition.
During a Q&A session with The Undefeated, the Hawks center said he deserves to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"No doubt. It’s kind of got swept under the rug because the perception of all the things that happened in Orlando. All of the media stuff," Howard said. "If you look at basketball itself, and I don’t ever talk about myself, but winning three Defensive Player of the Year trophies has never been done. Leading the league in rebounding six straight years. All that kind of stuff, I think that deserves it."
Howard also revealed he wants to play seven more seasons in the NBA with the goal of reaching 20 years in the league, adding he wouldn't mind spending the remainder of his career in Atlanta, his hometown.
"I would love to," Howard said. "I just got a nice place out in the country. I don’t want to leave it for eight months out of the year and just see it for three. I would love to."
Howard, 31, has averaged a double-double of 17.5 points and 12.7 rebounds for his career. The eight-time All-Star is averaging 13.1 points and 12.9 rebounds per game with the Hawks this season. If he can manage to stay healthy and continue to play at the same level through 2025, a Hall of Fame induction should follow.