Eight-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard made his T1 debut in Taiwan on Saturday with an impressive performance.
The 36-year-old had 38 points, 25 rebounds, nine assists and four blocks to lead the Taoyuan Leopards to a 120–115 win over the New Taipei CTBC DEA.
His 14-of-32 shots even included two three-pointers.
You might be thinking, “Did 6-foot-10 center Dwight Howard really try to hit a three?” Answer: yes, 10 times.
Not only did the former Los Angeles Lakers player make an amazing number of attempts from behind the arc, he also acted as point guard in pick-and-roll situations and dealt the ball like a point guard.
Howard was named Man of the Game for a result that helped Taoyuan come back from a double-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter.
Playing for seven different teams in his 18-year NBA career, Howard played for the Lakers in 2021-22 and averaged 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 60 games.
The three-time NBA top defenseman and one-time NBA champion announced a move to the Leopard in early November.
“I’ve always loved the energy I felt visiting Taiwan because, as you can see, I still have posters from my first two visits hanging on my walls!” He wrote. “I’m ready to enjoy life doing my favorite sport in front of a group of people who love me, and for my people in Taiwan, your posters are ready to welcome you in a real way”
Howard still hopes to play his last season in the NBA. In October, he told Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharp that he’d like to join the Golden State Warriors, where he believes he’ll set screens for Stephen Curry and mentor former No. 2 overall James Wiseman.
“I would love to play season 19 and come out on top,” Howard said. “I would definitely like to do it. It would be amazing – and get the parade I deserve.”
While the Warriors didn’t bite at the time, more performances like Saturday’s could have made Howard’s dreams of a final season a reality somewhere in the NBA.