NBA Rumors: Josh Howard Would Make Little Impact with Philadelphia 76ers

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2012

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The Philadelphia 76ers apparently have interest in free-agent forward Josh Howard, and for the life of me, I can't figure out why.

We'll get to that.

First the rumor, courtesy of Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports:

Free agent F Josh Howard visiting Sixers today & tomorrow, source tells Y! Sports. He visited Spurs last week & getting interest from Minny.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 24, 2012

John Finger of Comcast SportsNet has also reported that Howard will also get a workout next week when training camp opens.

I simply don't see where Howard fits on this team. The Sixers already have Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Jason Richardson who can all play on the wing, with Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie expected to see the bulk of the minutes at the 4.

At this point in his career, what are you really getting with Howard anyway?

We've seen his production consistently slide since leaving the Dallas Mavericks in the 2009-10 season, and he hasn't come close to playing a full season since 2007-08. Last year in 43 games with the Jazz, he averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 23 minutes.

This would be nothing more than a depth addition, and, frankly, I'm not sure it even makes sense in that regard. Can the Sixers give him 23 minutes a game or be better off if they do? Does Howard really fit this team's style of play at this point?

My answers to those questions are no, no and no, in case you were curious.

No matter what I think, Howard is going to get his workout and might very well make this team. Power to him if he does.

One way or another, I don't think he'll make a splash for the Sixers this year. Once an All-Star, Howard will be nothing more than a bit player in Philly.


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