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He led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal.
Even though the big man played tentatively at times, he was able to build on his strong rookie year with an impressive sophomore season.
On November 15, 2005, in a home game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Howard scored 21 points and 20 rebounds, becoming the youngest player ever to score 20 or more points and gather 20 or more rebounds in the same game.
The Magic went on to defeat Boston, and then defeated Cleveland—which was led by league MVP Le Bron James—4–2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Howard had a playoffs career-high 40 points to go with his 14 rebounds in the deciding Game 6, leading Orlando to its first NBA Finals in 14 years.
The Magic went into the 2009–10 season with one major roster change: Türkoğlu departed for the Toronto Raptors, while eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter arrived from the New Jersey Nets.