Josh Howard hasn't played in the NBA since 2012, and hasn't started more than 20 games since 2009. After battling multiple ACL injuries, the former All-Star was forced to sign with the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League last season, where he played just 24 games before a sports hernia ended his season. Now, the forward is attempting a comeback playing with the New Orleans Pelicans' summer league team.
"To fight through all that adversity: the travel was rough, playing in different arenas, that whole avenue of being in the NBA for 10 years and having to go down to the D-League... Riding those AAU vans was a humbling experience. That right there was a motivation in itself. I just took it and ran with it."
Howard made the Western Conference All-Star team in the 2006-07 season while with the Dallas Mavericks. That year he averaged 18.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. With the Toros last season, Howard averaged 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game on 43.9% shooting.