Dallas Mavericks legend to wear number 5: Josh Howard
Though J.J. Barea’s longevity and impact provide him with a legitimate claim to the number five, his most impressive contribution came during the 2011 championship run in which he wore number 11. That leaves legend status available for Josh Howard with number five.
Howard, hailing from Wake Forest where his number five is retired, was drafted by and spent the better part of seven seasons in a Dallas Mavericks uniform before moving on to play for the Wizards, Jazz and Timberwolves in his ten-year NBA career.
He was a second-team All-Rookie selection in 2004 and an All-Star in 2007. Howard averaged over 15 points per game and remains the ninth leading scorer in franchise history, despite not cracking the top ten in games played. The 6’7 forward was an electrifying talent and third-leading scorer on the 2006 Mavs that lost to the Heat in the NBA Finals.
In the years since his retirement, Howard has found his niche as a college basketball coach. He was the head coach of Piedmont International University in North Carolina for four seasons, before returning to North Texas in 2020 as the first head coach in UNT Dallas history.
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