Dwight Howard doesn't hesitate to pick himself over fellow center, two-time MVP Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic missed out on his third MVP award this season, but the Nuggets star continues to impress after he eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain's playoff triple-double record and led Denver into the NBA Finals with a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference final.

Another great center, Dwight Howard, appeared on FanDuel TV to discuss current topics in the NBA and was asked how he would compare himself in his prime to Jokic.

"Oh, prime Dwight Howard all day. All day, every day," Howard, 37, said without hesitating and a big laugh. "I'm dominating every play with a smile on my face."

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Howard, an eight-time All-Star, won the 2020 NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers. He spent most of his career with the Orlando Magic, who drafted him out of Atlanta's Southwest Christian Academy in 2004 as the No. 1 overall pick.

Perhaps 2007-2010 was Superman's prime, when he led the league in rebounds for three consecutive seasons and, for the latter two, was the top shot blocker with 2.9 and 2.8 blocks per game. He also led the Magic in points, averaging 19.9 points per game across the three seasons. With him, Orlando went to the NBA playoffs six years in a row, including a Finals appearance in 2009. He averaged 20.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in that postseason run.

Although he has not officially retired, Howard did not play in this past NBA season.

Dwight Howard jokes with fans during a Los Angeles Lakers game againt the Denver Nuggets on April 10, 2022.
Dwight Howard jokes with fans during a Los Angeles Lakers game againt the Denver Nuggets on April 10, 2022.

In his first MVP season, Jokic, 28, averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists. He followed that up with career highs: 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in his second MVP campaign.

In the Nuggets current playoff run, Jokic is averaging 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists.

Jokic has yet to win a title in eight seasons. If the Nuggets were to win the championship over either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat, it would be the first for the franchise.

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