Juwan Howard is a former professional basketball player hailing from the United States who is currently the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team. He began his NBA career as the fifth overall choice in the 1994 NBA draught, taken by the Washington Bullets, and went on to become a one-time All-Star and one-time All-NBA power forward.
- Full Name : Juwan Antonio Howard
- Birth Date : 7 February 1973
- BirthPlace : Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Profession : Basketball Player / Coach
- Nationality : American
- Zodiac : Aquarius
- Height : 2.06 m
- Weight : 113 kg
- Eye Color : Black
- Hair Color : Black
Life & Career
Juwan Howard was born on 7 February 1973, to Leroy Watson and Helena Watson. He was a basketball player in high school at Chicago Vocational Career Academy. Prior to his studies, he was an avid basketball player. He had a difficult time in school, but he went on to earn the 1991 All-American Basketballer of the Year award. He was awarded the McDonald’s All-Amеriсаn hоnоr. During this period, the high school changed its name and he was inducted into the National Honor Society.
He committed to play for the University of Michigan after high school. He was a member of Michigan’s Fab Five. The other four members of the Fab Five were Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson. He declared his desire to enter the NBA draught in 1994 after his sophomore season at Michigan.
Howard was released two weeks before training camp began because the NBA players and owners had not yet reached an agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement for the 1994-95 season. Despite rumors that his draught rights would be traded to another team, he continued to exercise in Chicago in late September.
During his strike, he was rumored to be part of a deal with the Chicago Bulls that featured Calbert Cheaney and a first-round draught selection in return for Scottie Pippen. According to another version, Howard was traded for Pippen in exchange for Rex Chapman and Don MacLean. The eleventh overall pick in the 1994 NBA draught, Carlos Rogers, signed an NBA contract on November 9, leaving Howard as the last first-round pick without a contract.
Jordan sent Howard, Obinna Ekezie, and Calvin Booth to the Dallas Mavericks on February 22, 2001, at the NBA trade deadline, for Laettner, Loy Vaught, Etan Thomas, Hubert Davis, Courtney Alexander, and $3 million. Jordan’s move was applauded for freeing up salary-cap space ahead of the NBA’s first season with a luxury tax.
On March 20, Howard established a career best with five blocked shots in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers. In 2001, the Mavericks advanced to the NBA Playoffs, defeating the Utah Jazz 3 games to 2 before losing 4 games to the San Antonio Spurs. Howard’s outings with the Utah Jazz were his first in the NBA playoffs as a member of a winning team.
The Mavericks moved him to the Denver Nuggets on February 21, 2002, in exchange for Raef LaFrentz, Avery Johnson, Van Exel, and Tariq Abdul-Wahad, as well as Donnell Harvey, Hardaway, and a 2002 first-round pick. At the time of the trade, Howard was the Mavericks’ best low-post defender.
Despite being projected to join with either Detroit or Minnesota, Howard signed a 5-year, $28 million free-agent contract with the Orlando Magic in July 2003. Tracy McGrady successfully defended his scoring championship throughout the season, while Howard tried to be a good influence whenever he could, such as when he tried to stop McGrady from kicking the ball into the stands twice in a row.
Howard was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves on June 14, 2007, in exchange for James and Justin Reed. According to ESPN, he was excited to play alongside Garnett after regretting not signing with Minnesota the previous time he was a free agency.
In a 1999 episode of The West Wing, Howard played Mr Grant, a former Dude basketball player who worked for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. He has starred in the television programmes, Beyond the Glory, and Son-in-Law, as well as the 1994 basketball film Hoop Dreams.
Personal Life & Relationships
Juwan founded the Juwan Howard Foundation, which organizes youth basketball games in Washington, DC, and Chicago to aid underprivileged children. He is actively seen participating in many of the same events and organizations.
Juwan and Jenine Wardally have been married since year 2002 and have two children, Jace and Jett, who were born in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Juwan also has a child with Markita Blyden, the 1992 Miss Basketball runner-up in Michigan.
Juwan Howard has an estimated net worth of more than $80 million being a former professional basketball player. He created history as the first NBA player to sign a $100 million deal. Between 1996 and 2006, he was paid a total of $15 million per year.
In year 1996, Juwan paid $490k for a 3,116-square-foot house in the South Loop area. He spent $2.5 million on a 3-bedroom, 3,080-square-foot penthouse at the Trump International Hotel Tower in the same year. Howard paid $11 million for a 3.5-acre property in Gables Estates, South Florida, with plans to build a 15,000-square-foot mansion with a port for his new 16-meter boat, the Fab 5, which he recently acquired.