As the NBA regular season is fast-approaching, the San Antonio Spurs have had just 14 players on their final active roster, leaving one spot to be filled in a hurry. Still with a few free agents to choose from, the Spurs decided to go with veteran small forward Josh Howard.
Howard most recently played for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season in a short-lived stint before he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. While with Minnesota, Howard played just about 19 minutes per game and averaged only 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Howard shot barely 40 percent from the field as well.
In 2007, Howard made the All Star team with the Dallas Mavericks when he averaged 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Since then, his career has fallen off and at 33 years of age he is definitely past his prime. Filling out the bench with other low cost options like Marco Belinelli and Jeff Pendergraph, Howard won’t likely see very many minutes.
As the final and 15th man on the roster, Howard will more than likely mean very little to the team as a whole, barring injury of course. In any sparse minutes he receives, Howard will probably fit in well with the culture instilled by Gregg Popovich. He’s a veteran that has been around the league and is smart enough to buy into that type of system.
Over his career, Howard has averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. If he sees any time with San Antonio, those numbers will undoubtedly drop. The premise of this move for the Spurs was to be able to grab another veteran scorer to count on if the team needed a last resort, and that’s just what Howard will be in this situation — a last resort.