With the first day of Wizards training camp coming, Bullets Forever is asking 20 questions about key issues with the team in 2010/11.
Four games. Just four games.
In case it wasn't clear, that's how long Josh Howard's tenure with the Washington Wizards has been. I feel the need to point it out because, as great as those four games may have been, they represent a very, very tiny sample. As much as we all want to do it, it's pretty much impossible to glean any relevant trends from a sample equal to less than 1/20th of the regular season, especially when many of the players on the roster then aren't on the roster now.
So to me, Howard's basically another newcomer on the roster. This inevitably leads us to our next question in this series.
How will Josh Howard fit in with this team next year?
My answer is ... I don't know.
On the whole, Howard has historically been a productive and useful player. His season numbers from 2005 to 2009 were pretty consistent, topping off in 2006/07 and fading just a little the next two years. Last year was a major decline, but Howard began the year hurt, and he also played the entire year out of position. The Mavericks signed Shawn Marion before the season, which meant Howard had to often play with him or off the bench. It was an odd transition, and I don't think his game is well-suited to playing with other players like him. He needs to be running around the floor doing all sorts of random things to be in his element, and those are the same things Marion needs too. In D.C., he'll be firmly a small forward, and he won't be asked to simply stand around and space the floor. That should help him return back to his old way.