Let’s look at some numbers. Dwight Howard has been in the league for 8 years. In that span his highest regular season PPG average was 22.9 in 2010-11 and his highest RPG and BPG averages were 14.5 and 2.9 during the 2011-12 and 2008-09 seasons, respectively. Shaquille O’Neal in his first 8 years managed to average 27.4 PPG, 12.2 RPG, and 2.6 BPG. Also worth noting - Shaq’s 1999-00 MVP season featured career highs in assists per game (3.9) and minutes played per game (40.0).
Though the numbers seem to favor Shaq, it should be noted that Dwight Howard is currently only 26, a year younger than Shaq during his MVP season. Also Dwight Howard has won the Defensive Player of the Year award four times, a feat matched only by Ben Wallace and Dikembe Mutombo and something Shaq has never done. So who’s the better player? Depends on what your team needs.
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