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54 - Matt Howard

Butler 

  • Birthday: 1/23/89
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6'8
  • Wt: 230
  • Hometown: Connersville, Ind.
  • High School: Connersville
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NBA Comparison:

Strengths: Defines the phrase ‘blue-collar basketball player… Tough-nosed kid with a ton of moxy… Will not back down from any battle; no matter the size, strength, or athleticism of the matchup… Very active and energetic player; great teammate… Plays with an infectious tenacity; hard-working player who hustles on every play… Annoying defender who averaged over a steal per game in his final season at Butler… His most infamous moment was the tough screen he set, which knocked Kyle Singler to the ground and gave his teammate Gordon Hayward a chance at the last second shot to win a national championship… Very good at setting screens; effective player in the pick and roll game… Good shooting touch and range for power forward; out to collegiate three point land… Good free throw shooting for a big man; shoots just below 80% from the charity stripe… Deceptive strength; good lower and upper body strength despite being only 220-225 pounds … Intelligent player on and off the court… High basketball IQ… Has the ability to play within himself and not try to do too much; embraces his limitations… Fundamentally sound player… High character kid who is very well-spoken… Rumored to graduate school if he doesn’t make the NBA (3.77 GPA)... Fights for every rebound… A winner and a competitor; helped lead Butler to back-to-back NCAA championship game appearances…

Weaknesses: A tweener… Does not have a true position in NBA; too small to play the 4, and not athletic or skilled enough to play the three… Not an NBA level athlete… Questionable shooting percentages for a big man (47% from the field in his final year of college… Not a great rebounder nor shot-blocker for a power forward, but not because of a lack of hustle… Below average ball handler and passer for an NBA forward… Probably will not be nearly as effective in the pick in roll game as he was at college… Needs to add more strength and make quicker decisions with the ball for the next level…

Elliot Grossman 6/21/11

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