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Juwan Howard

Juwan Howard
Howard with the Heat
NameJuwan Howard
CaptionHoward with the Heat
PositionPower forward/Center
Height Ft6
Height In9
Weight Lb253
Birth DateFebruary 7, 1973(age 43)
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois
High SchoolChicago Vocational
CollegeMichigan (1991 1994)
Draft Round1
Draft Pick5
Draft Year1994
Draft TeamWashington Bullets
Career Start1994
Years1   |team1=Washington Bullets/Wizards
Years2   |team2=Dallas Mavericks
Years3   |team3=Denver Nuggets
Years4 |team4=Orlando Magic
Years5   |team5=Houston Rockets
Years6 |team6=Dallas Mavericks
Years7 |team7=Denver Nuggets
Years8 |team8=Charlotte Bobcats
Years9 |team9=Portland Trail Blazers
Years10   |team10=Miami Heat
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Juwan Antonio Howard (born February 7, 1973) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Heat were his eighth different NBA team. He was drafted fifth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets. A former All-Star and All-NBA power forward, he also starred as an All-American on the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team during the Fab Five years and, earlier, on the Chicago Vocational Career Academy team as a center. In addition to being an All-American in high school, he was an honors student.

Howard was a member of the Fab Five (along with Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) that reached the finals of the 1992 and 1993 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's Division I Basketball Championship as freshmen and sophomores while starting a combined 304 of a possible 350 games. Howard is the last member of the Fab Five who remains active as a professional basketball player. Most Michigan Wolverines men's basketball records and accomplishments from 1992 to 1998 have been forfeited because of NCAA sanctions stemming from the University of Michigan basketball scandal. However, Howard's 1993 94 All-American season accomplishment has not been.

He played six and a half seasons for the Bullets/Wizard franchise and three full seasons for the Houston Rockets. He has not played more than two seasons for any other teams. During his rookie year as a professional, he became the first player to graduate on time with his class after leaving college early to play in the NBA. After one season as an All-Rookie player and a second as an All-NBA performer, he became the first NBA player to sign a $100 million contract. Although he continued to be a productive starter, he never again performed at an All-Star level. Near the end of his contract, he was traded at the NBA trade deadline twice to make salary cap room. In 2010, he signed with the Miami Heat and entered his 17th NBA season, during which he reached the playoffs for the sixth time and made his first career NBA Finals appearance. During his first 5 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 19.3 points per game, but has only averaged 17 points in three of his seasons since. The 2005 06 NBA season was the most recent in which he was a starter in more than half of the games in which he played and averaged more than 30 minutes per game. Howard has developed a reputation as a humanitarian for his civic commitment.

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