Whatever your personal thoughts are about Dwight Howard, it’s hard to ignore the impact that he’s had on the NBA over the course of his career.

Holding career averages of 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.0 points over 34.9 minutes per game, Howard has maintained his status as a dominant low-post presence ever since he was taken with the first overall pick out of high school in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic.

However, drama has always followed the big man. And in many cases, the drama outweighed what he was able to accomplish on the court in the eyes of the hungry media.

It all started during the end of his time with the Magic.

Howard requested a trade from Orlando in 2011 and then seemingly played a major role in head coach Stan Van Gundy’s firing in May of 2012. Howard admitted years later that he met with Magic owner Rich DeVos and revealed that Van Gundy “lost his voice in the locker room”.