Josh Howard (born April 28, 1980 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft.
Howard attended Wake Forest where he saw his scoring average rise all four seasons he was there. As a freshman, he averaged 9.2 points while leading the team in steals and finishing fourth in scoring.
As a sophomore his average grew to 13.6 points as he led the Demon Deacons in scoring and was selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team. The next season, Howard's average nudged up to 13.9 points but his rebounding took off and he averaged 7.7 boards per game and was named to the All-ACC third team.
The 2002-2003 season, Howard's senior year, saw his scoring average soar to 19.5 ppg as he led Wake Forest to their first outright regular season ACC Championship in 41 years. He was a unanimous selection as the ACC's Player-of-the-Year and was named an Associated Press First Team All-American.
Dallas drafted the 6'7 forward in the first round of the 2003 draft. As a rookie, Howard saw action in 67 games notching 8.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg, earning him a spot on the NBA's All-Rookie second team. Picking up where he left of in college, his scoring average rose in each of his first five professional seasons.
Not without controversy during his time in Dallas, as the Mavericks grew and matured, Howard was an integral part of the team's nucleus. He was part of the Mavs' exciting 2006 playoff run which took them all the way to the NBA Finals against Miami. In all, he helped Dallas to the playoffs in all six full seasons he was with the Mavs and played in a total of 62 playoff games averaging 15.5 points and 7.2 rebounds.
The pinnacle of his Mavs' career came when he was selected to the NBA's Western Conference All-Star team in 2007. In the game, Howard saw 20 minutes of court-time scoring 3 points with 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Injuries to his left wrist and left ankle limited Howard to only 52 games in 2008-2009 but he still kept his scoring average at a respectable 18.0 points in 52 games. With surgery on both during the offseason, Howard was looking for a strong comeback season the next year but through 31 games was only able to average 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds - the lowest numbers since his rookie campaign.
On February 3, 2010, The Mavs traded Howard, along with James Singleton, Drew Gooden and Quinton Ross to the Washington Wizards for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson]]. Only 19 games after the trade, Howard tore ligaments in his left knee in a game against Chicago which ended his season causing him to miss the Wizards' final 28 games.
Rehab was estimated at 6-8 months and Howard was unable to play his first game the next season until December. He's currently still with Washington.
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