NBA Trade Rumors: Is Josh Howard for Caron Butler An Identical Exchange?

February 13th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
I hate to sound pessimistic, but it is hard for me to see what the excitement over the proposed trade between the Dallas Mavericks and the Washington Wizards is really all about.

The Mavericks would get Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood and the Wizards would receive the services of Josh Howard in return, but Butler and Howard are essentially the same player, and Haywood fits the "soft" label of previous Maverick big men.

I do feel Butler is marginally better than Howard because of his attitude and the fact he may be a more versatile player, but glancing at their statistics from this year, one would be hard-pressed to see the difference.

Butler averages 16.9 points per game, which is four more points than Howard and he also averages 6.7 rebounds, which is three more than Howard, not exactly a glaring separation.

It's important to note that Butler plays for one of the league's poorer teams so his point production may be a reflection of that, while Howard's deficit could be explained by the superior talent around him.

Butler is the first or second scoring option for the Wizards, while Howard may only be the fourth for the ...

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