Juwan Howard

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Juwan Howard
Juwan Howard
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 240
Nationality: American
Born: 2/7/1973
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Draft: 5th overall
Drafted By: Washington Bullets
College: Michigan
NBA Career: 1994-Present
Mavs Tenure: 2000-2002, 2007-2008

Juwan Howard (born February 7, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) was acquired in a trade, along with Calvin Booth and Obinna Ekezie from the Washington Wizards, in exchange for Hubert Davis, Loy Vaught, Courtney Alexander, Christian Laettner, Etan Thomas and cash.

The original member of Michigan's "Fab Five" recruiting class of 1991, Howard led the Wolverines to two consecutive NCAA Championship games in 1992 against Duke and the following year against North Carolina. As a junior the 6'9 forward was selected first team All-Big Ten and third team All-American. He left school after three seasons as one of only five players in Michigan history to register more than 1,500 points and 700 career rebounds.

The Wizards selected Howard with the fifth overall selection in the 1994 NBA draft and he was named to the league's all-rookie team for 1994-1995.. During his tenure in Washington, Howard played in 464 games, including 451 starts. He averaged 18.3 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 38.5 minutes per game. In addition, he started all 82 games in the 1996-1997 & 1999-2000 seasons making the All-Star team in 196.. The only season he didn't start every game he played was his 1994-1995 rookie season, when he started 52 of 65 contests. He played in 54 games for Washington in the 2000-2001 season before being sent to Dallas.

He finished the 2000-2001 season with the Mavs, starting all 27 games he played. He averaged 17.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 36.8 minutes.

In the 2001 playoffs, Howard started all 10 games the Mavs played. In 39.1 minutes, he averaged 13.4 points and 8.3 rebounds.

During the 2001-2002 season, Howard appeared in 53 games for the Mavs, including 44 starts. That year, he averaged 12.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 31.3 minutes for Dallas.

Howard was traded to Denver as part of a seven-player deal and finished the season with the Nuggets, where in 28 contests he averaged 17.9 points, 2.7 assists and 7.9 rebounds in 34.9 minutes. All-in-all he started all 105 games in his Denver career and scored the 10,000th point of his career on March 25, 2002. He signed with the Orlando Magic after the season on July 16, 2003.

He played only one season with the Magic seeing action in 81 games (71 starts), where he averaged 17.0 points, 2.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. His next three seasons were spent with the Houston Rockets

Howard re-signed with the Mavericks as a free agent for the 2007-2008 season, playing sparingly. In 49 games that season he averaged 1.6 ppg.

He split the '08-'09 campaign between Charlotte and Denver and is playing the 2009-2010 season with the Portland Trail Blazers.

You can follow Howard's career via his website at www.juwanhoward.com