Friday, August 17, 2007

Scouting Report: Josh Howard

After last seasons disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks realize that dominating the regular season is not enough. The Mavericks core of Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Jason Terry, Dirk Nowitzki, and Josh Howard will need to continue to improve and execute on both sides of the floor if they are going to make it back to the finals.

Player Name: Josh Howard
Current Team: Dallas Mavericks
Ideal Position: SF
Drafted: 29th
Height/Weight: 6'7"/210
Birthdate: 4/28/80
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
High School: Glenn HS/Hargrave Academy (VA
College: Wake Forest University
Agent: Jeff Schwartz

2003-04 $773,440
2004-05 $863,640
2005-06 $923,880
2006-07 $1,577,353
2007-08 $9,000,000
2008-09 $9,945,000
2009-10 $10,890,000
2010-11 $11,835,000 (Team Option)

Graduated after four years with a degree in sociology; Team won the NIT his freshman year, in which he started 34 games; Named to the NCAA All-American first team and the ACC POY, during his senior season; Defensive POY in the ACC his senior season at Wake Forest; Senior season, led the Demon Deacons to its first ACC regular season title in 41 years; Prep school teammates with Xavier star David West; Nickname is J-Ho.

Intense player; Willing to get down-and-dirty; Has innate toughness; Quiet confidence; Top-knotch defensive player; Tends to play taller than his 6'7" frame, especially on the glass; Freakishly long arms - 7'2" wingspan; Pesky defender; High character guy; Very energetic on the court; Jack-of-all trades guy; Excels at setting up his teammates; Identifies mismatches well; Quickness; Gets open mid-range jumpers easily; Handles the ball well for his sie; Finishing around the basket.

Weaknesses are mainly on the offensive end of the court; Needs to continue working on creating his own jump shot; Long-range shooting needs improvement; Needs to continue to improve scoring ability outside of the paint; Free throw shooting could still improve.


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