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Full Name: Joshua Jay Howard Current Team: Dallas Mavericks
Height/Weight: 6'7"/210 Number: 5
Birthdate: April 28, 1980 Entry Draft: 1st round (29th) in 2003
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina Drafted By: Dallas Mavericks
Position: SF College: Wake Forest University


Biography

Scouting Report

Offense

Howard improved massively on offense in 2005-06, slashing his turnovers while upping his scoring and Usage Rate significantly. Chief among the upgrades to Howard's game was his suddenly-deadly shooting stroke—while his eFG% on jumpers was a paltry .396 in 2005, it was .448 in '06—and that coupled with much better 3-point range (a stellar .429 3P%) to make defenses have to respect him even more. As a result, he could drive whenever he wanted and got to the line far more frequently—providing a much-needed extra scoring option behind Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.

Defense & Rebounding

Even though he increased his focus on offense last year, Howard's defense remains top-notch. He has quick feet and very long arms, and can defend just about any player in the league out on the perimeter. It's no coincidence that his emergence as a defensive stopper came just as Dallas' defense started to drastically improve over the past few seasons; he's the real deal defensively. Howard is a good rebounder for a small forward as well, using his length to snatch down balls that other SF's can't reach.

Summary

While Dirk was obviously Dallas' MVP, Howard just may have been the Mavs' Most Important Player during their Finals run. Much was made of Dallas' record (25-0) when Howard scores 20 or more points, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Howard's all-around ability gave Avery Johnson the freedom to experiment in other areas (a Harris-Terry backcourt, for instance), because he knew that Howard's ability to defend could cover a multitude of mistakes. In addition, his cheap rookie contract ($873,880 in 2006) gave Dallas payroll flexibility. All in all, Howard was one of the 35 best players in basketball a year ago, a great bargain, and he should continue to improve in 2007.

Vitals

Will... Do anything and everything the team needs
Can't... Be overlooked
Expect... A Jack-of-All-Trades
Don't Expect... A regression in 2007

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Statistics

Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2004 DAL 67 29 1589 229 532 .430 20 66 .303 97 138 .703 149 219 368 97 69 54 67 168 575
2005 DAL 76 76 2446 377 793 .475 34 115 .296 170 232 .733 169 315 484 109 116 49 122 211 958
2006 DAL 59 58 1915 350 743 .471 27 63 .429 196 267 .734 123 248 371 111 68 26 79 167 923
2007 DAL 70 69 2455 493 1075 .459 92 239 .385 243 294 .827 130 345 475 127 82 56 123 180 1321
2008 DAL 76 76 2757 567 1247 .455 67 210 .319 312 384 .813 120 412 532 164 59 32 114 202 1513
2009 DAL
Career

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2004 DAL 67 29 23.7 3.4 7.9 .430 0.3 1.0 .303 1.4 2.1 .703 2.2 3.3 5.5 1.4 1.0 0.8 1.0 2.5 8.6
2005 DAL 76 76 32.2 5.0 10.4 .475 0.5 1.5 .296 2.2 3.1 .733 2.2 4.1 6.4 1.4 1.5 0.6 1.6 2.8 12.6
2006 DAL 59 58 32.5 5.9 12.6 .471 0.5 1.1 .429 3.3 4.5 .734 2.1 4.2 6.3 1.9 1.2 0.4 1.3 2.8 15.6
2007 DAL 70 69 35.1 7.0 15.4 .459 1.3 3.4 .385 3.5 4.2 .827 1.9 4.9 6.8 1.8 1.2 0.8 1.8 2.6 18.9
2008 DAL 76 76 36.3 7.5 16.4 .455 0.9 2.8 .319 4.1 5.1 .813 1.6 5.4 7.0 2.2 0.8 0.4 1.5 2.7 19.9
2009 DAL
Career

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