March 12, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Josh Howard (8) looks to pass while defended by Detroit Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince (22) during the second half at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Pistons 105-90. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Howard: Why New York Knicks Should Pass on Former All-Star

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February 29, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz small forward Josh Howard (8) dunks during the second half against the Houston Rockets at Energy Solutions Arena. The Jazz defeated the Rockets 104-83. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Josh Howard once looked like the type of player that would have a promising NBA career for years to come, but injuries have slowed Howard’s game down to a crawl since making the All-Star team in 2007.

Yahoo! Sports Marcus Spears reported a couple weeks ago that Howard was close to making a decision on where he would sign and the New York Knicks were one of the teams on his short list.

 

While Howard was once a nice player, he’s one the Knicks should say no to.

Sure Howard would add depth and is a capable defender, but there’s really no fit for him on this Knicks team.

The Knicks bench is currently one of the more dangerous ones in the league with Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, Jason Kidd, Pablo Prigioni, Kurt Thomas, Ronnie Brewer and J.R. Smith (once Iman Shumpert is healthy).

There’s really nowhere for Howard to fit in.

Brewer is an outstanding on-ball defender and while he will play the 2-guard in Shumpert’s absence, he will be able to play the 3 as well.

Howard has lost a step and may have lost his jumper as well, shooting under 40 percent on the season for Utah last year. In fact, Howard hasn’t shot over 45 percent from the floor since the 2008-09 campaign. Because of injuries, Howard lacks the athleticism he once had and can’t slash to the rim effectively anymore.

There’s not a whole lot of minutes to go around as is and by giving minutes to a guy like Howard, all the Knicks would be doing is taking them away from a better player.

The Knicks may be going all-in to win now, but Howard doesn’t make much sense in the short or long-term plans for this franchise.

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