Flashback: Dwight Howard, wearing braces

Dwight Howard has confirmed his only-to-Brooklyn trade demand, making some people angry (to say the least).

But remember when he was wide-eyed and innocent ... and even wore braces? Yes, Howard -- who was 18 when he entered the league -- was metal-mouthed as recently as the 2004 NBA draft and even summer league. He ditched them for preseason, but oh, they were there: