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Juwan Howard
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Portland Trail Blazers  – No. 6
Power forward
Born February 7, 1973 (1973-02-07) (age 36)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 253 lb (115 kg)
League NBA
High school Chicago Vocational
College Michigan
Draft 5th overall, 1994
Washington Bullets
Pro career 1994–present
Former teams Washington Bullets/Wizards (1994–2001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–2002; 2007–2008)
Denver Nuggets (2002–2003, 2008)
Orlando Magic (2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (2004–2007)
Charlotte Bobcats (2008-2009)
Awards NBA All-Star (1996)
All-NBA (1996)
All-Rookie(1995)
All-American (1994)[1]
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Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He is a former All-Star and All-NBA power forward and was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab Five" (along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) that reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as both freshmen and sophomores. Although most Michigan Wolverines men's basketball records from 1992–1998 have been forfeited due to NCAA sanctions, Howard's 1993–94 All-American season was not.[2]

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High school and college career

Howard had a successful career at Chicago Vocational Career Academy and can be seen playing in the high school basketball documentary Hoop Dreams. He left Michigan after his junior year, and was taken by the Washington Bullets fifth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft. Although the Fab Five final four appearances have been forfeited,[3] he was not among the players called before the grand jury (which included Robert Traylor, Webber, Rose, Maurice Taylor, and Louis Bullock)[4] in the University of Michigan basketball scandal and was not found to have received large amounts of money.[5]

Professional career

He became the first NBA athlete who entered the draft early and still graduated along with his class.[6] When Chris Webber, his teammate and friend from college, joined Washington that same season, many thought that the "Fab Five" would bode for a bright future for the Washington franchise. Together with Gheorghe Muresan, a 7 feet 7 inch (231 centimetres) Romanian center, Calbert Cheaney, a swingman from Indiana University, veteran point guards Mark Price and Robert Pack as well as the promising rookie Rasheed Wallace, many saw the Bullets as a secure playoff lock. But Webber, Price, and Pack missed almost the entire 1995–96 season due to injuries. That season, the Bullets managed to pull off 39 victories, missing the playoffs. He became just the second player in Washington franchise history, after Bernard King, to post back-to-back 40-point games (against Boston on July 17, 1996 with 40, and at Toronto on July 19, 1996 with 42). Averaging 22.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists, he was named to the All-Star team for the only time in his career.

Howard became a free agent after that season. Howard decided to sign a $101 million contract with the Miami Heat on July 15, 1996. Yet the contract was disallowed by the NBA, because it was not in accordance with the existing salary cap rules. Howard then re-signed with the Bullets on August 5. He became the first player in NBA history to sign a contract worth over $100 million, his seven-year contract being worth $105 million. He never reached the level of All-Star status again.

After Michael Jordan joined the re-named Washington Wizards, he traded Howard, together with Obinna Ekezie and Calvin Booth to the Dallas Mavericks for Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught, Etan Thomas, Hubert Davis, Courtney Alexander and cash on February 22, 2001. The Mavs traded him with Donnell Harvey, Tim Hardaway and a 2002 1st-round pick to the Denver Nuggets for Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, Nick Van Exel and Tariq Abdul-Wahad on February 21, 2002. He then signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic on July 16, 2003. Howard managed to average 17.8 points, 7.4 rebounds per game, and 0.3 blocks per game. On March 25, 2002, he scored his 10,000th point.

On June 29, 2004, Howard and Magic teammates Tracy McGrady and Reece Gaines were part of a 7-player trade that sent Houston Rockets starting guards Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley to the Orlando Magic.[7]

On June 14, 2007, Howard was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mike James and Justin Reed.[8] He was looking forward to playing with Kevin Garnett, but Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics shortly after.[9] Howard made it clear he was not interested in being part of a youth movement in Minnesota and consequently requested a trade.[9] However, Wolves owner Glen Taylor stated they had no plans for trading him although it remained a possibility.[10]

On October 29, 2007, the Timberwolves waived Howard after reaching a contractual buyout agreement,[11] worth $10 million of roughly $14.25 million which Minnesota would have owed him.[12][13][14] Howard had terms agreed to with the Dallas Mavericks on October 30, 2007; however he was not able to officially sign until the 31st, when he cleared waivers.[15]

In 2008, Howard rejoined the Denver Nuggets, but was later released because of the Allen Iverson trade. On December 12, 2008, he was signed by the Charlotte Bobcats.[16]

On September 17, 2009, Juwan Howard signed a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.[17][18]

Player profile

Juwan Howard has always been regarded as a consistent hard working player. He peaked in the 1995–1996 NBA season as the leader of the Bullets who were playing without an injured Chris Webber, giving him the most shots per season of his career. Howard has been criticized by some for not being a bigger force on the defensive end. His best rebounding year was his rookie year when he averaged 8.4 per game.

During his career, Howard has also been forced into being the first option; a role he was not particularly suited for. He became the Wizards' first option out of default after Chris Webber was traded. His level of play did not measure up to expectations and his status as a big time player was criticized by fans. A similar situation surfaced in two years with the Denver Nuggets as well. Howard was the first option and the Nuggets were among the worst teams in the West.

Other endeavors

Howard had a small role in The West Wing, appearing in the episode "The Crackpots and These Women" as Mr. Grant,[19] a former college basketball player currently working on the President's Council on Physical Fitness, where he joins a pick-up basketball game with the fictional President Josiah Bartlet against some of his staffers when the President appeared to be losing. It is later revealed that he won the game for the President.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1994–95 Washington 65 52 36.1 .489 .000 .664 8.4 2.5 .8 .2 17.0
1995–96 Washington 81 81 40.7 .489 .308 .749 8.1 4.4 .8 .5 22.1
1996–97 Washington 82 82 40.5 .486 .000 .756 8.0 3.8 1.1 .3 19.1
1997–98 Washington 64 64 40.0 .467 .000 .721 7.0 3.3 1.3 .4 18.5
1998–99 Washington 36 36 39.7 .474 .000 .753 8.1 3.0 1.2 .4 18.9
1999–00 Washington 82 82 35.5 .459 .000 .735 5.7 3.0 .8 .3 14.9
2000–01 Washington 54 54 36.7 .474 .000 .770 7.0 2.9 .9 .4 18.2
2000–01 Dallas 27 27 36.8 .488 .000 .780 7.1 2.6 1.1 .6 17.8
2001–02 Dallas 53 44 31.3 .462 .000 .754 7.4 1.8 .5 .6 12.9
2001–02 Denver 28 28 34.9 .457 .000 .770 7.9 2.7 .6 .6 17.9
2002–03 Denver 77 77 35.5 .450 .500 .803 7.6 3.0 1.0 .3 18.4
2003–04 Orlando 81 77 35.5 .453 .000 .809 7.0 2.0 .7 .3 17.0
2004–05 Houston 61 47 26.6 .451 .000 .843 5.7 1.5 .5 .1 9.6
2005–06 Houston 80 80 31.7 .459 .000 .806 6.7 1.4 .6 .1 11.8
2006–07 Houston 80 38 26.5 .465 .000 .824 5.9 1.6 .4 .1 9.7
2007–08 Dallas 50 0 7.1 .359 .000 .786 1.6 .3 .1 .0 1.1
2008–09 Denver 3 0 7.3 .500 .000 .000 1.3 .7 .3 .3 .7
2008–09 Charlotte 39 2 11.5 .510 .000 .676 1.8 .6 .2 .1 4.4
Career 1043 871 32.8 .469 .122 .763 6.6 2.5 .7 .2 14.9
All-Star 1 0 16.0 .200 .000 .000 6.0 2.0 1.0 .0 2.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1996–97 Washington 3 3 43.0 .465 .000 .889 6.0 1.7 .7 .7 18.7
2000–01 Dallas 10 10 39.1 .360 .000 .800 8.3 1.4 .6 .5 13.4
2006–07 Houston 7 0 22.4 .400 .000 .636 4.4 1.0 .7 .0 5.0
2007–08 Dallas 3 0 3.7 .000 .000 .250 .0 .3 .0 .0 .3
Career 23 13 29.9 .384 .000 .769 5.7 1.2 .6 .3 9.8

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.hickoksports.com/history/mbaskallams.shtml#1990 accessed March 1, 2007
  2. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. pp. 13–21.  
  3. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 8.  
  4. ^ Larcom,Geoff (2000-10-19). "Former U-M assistant testifies in Martin case: Also, prosecutors issue two indictments of Martin's associates". Ann Arbor News. Michigan Live LLC. http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/aanews/basketball/index.ssf?/stories/wolverines/20001019amartin19.frm. Retrieved 2008-08-21.  
  5. ^ "Text of the indictment". Ann Arbor News. Michigan Live LLC. 2002-03-22. http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/aanews/basketball/index.ssf?/stories/wolverines/20020322martin_indictment_text.html. Retrieved 2008-08-19.  
  6. ^ "Players: Juwan Howard". NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. http://www.nba.com/playerfile/juwan_howard/bio.html. Retrieved 2008-08-20.  
  7. ^ McGrady-Francis swap official, finally by John Denton, Florida TODAY - posted June 29, 2004; updated June 30, 2004
  8. ^ [1], ESPN.com, accessed 14 June 2007.
  9. ^ a b Wolves get younger with buyout of Howard's contract, ESPN.com
  10. ^ RealGM: Wiretap Archives: Juwan Wants To Be Traded
  11. ^ Timberwolves waive F Howard after reaching buyout. - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
  12. ^ Kent Youngblood, Foye's knee worries Wolves, Star Tribune
  13. ^ Cavaliers Eye Help From Howard
  14. ^ HoopsHype - NBA Salaries - Minnesota Timberwolves
  15. ^ Mavs agree to terms with free-agent forward Juwan Howard, updated October 30, 2007
  16. ^ "Bobcats Sign Juwan Howard". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/release_howard_signed_081212.html. Retrieved 2008-12-12.  
  17. ^ Trail Blazers sign Juwan Howard to one-year deal. NBA.com. Retrieved on September 17, 2009.
  18. ^ Portland Trail Blazers (September 17, 2009). "Trail Blazers Sign Juwan Howard". Press release. http://www.nba.com/blazers/news/trail_blazers_sign_juwan_howar_2009_09_17.html. Retrieved 2009-09-17.  
  19. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0745690/fullcredits, IMDB.com

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