- Assistant Coach
After a 19-year playing career, that included a pair of NBA championships and an All-Star appearance, Juwan Howard enters his fifth season as assistant coach for the HEAT after spending his first season on the staff as assistant coach/player development. Howard also served as the head coach of Miami’s 2016 NBA Summer League teams in both Orlando and Las Vegas and also for Team Africa in the NBA Africa Game 2018. For Howard, it’s a natural progression after the savvy veteran helped serve as a mentor both on and off the court for the HEAT in his first three seasons with the franchise and commanded respect throughout the organization. His duties include player development with an emphasis in working with the HEAT’s big men as well as serving as the team’s defensive coordinator.
Howard, who was a member of the HEAT’s 2012 and 2013 NBA championship teams under Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, appeared in 1,208 regular season games and 49 postseason contests during his stellar career which included an All-Star appearance with Washington during the 1995-96 season. He averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 30.3 minutes and made 900 career starts before concluding his playing career as a member of the HEAT in 2013. In addition to his All-Star appearance, Howard earned All-NBA Third Team honors once (1995-96) and was named to the All-Rookie Second Team during the 1994-95 campaign. The Chicago native also was named the Rookie of the Month for February 1995, was named Player of the Month for April 1996 and received the NBA’s Community Assist Award for April 2010.
Howard played three seasons at the University of Michigan before becoming a first-round selection (fifth overall) by the Washington Bullets in the 1994 NBA Draft. He helped lead Michigan to the NCAA Tournament Championship game in both 1992 and 1993. An integral member of the famed “Fab Five”, Howard became one of only five players in school history to score at least 1,500 points and grab at least 700 rebounds.
Howard and his wife, Jenine, reside in Miami and have four sons (Juwan Jr., Jace, Jett and Joshua) and two daughters (Sky and Starr).