For years, the Dallas Wings have longed for a veteran presence who could have a big role in the team’s offense while providing leadership to its young core.
In the same trade that sent out Ty Harris and Kayla Thornton, the Wings acquired Natasha Howard from the New York Liberty.
Natasha Howard’s first season in Dallas was one of the best in her 10 year career. Howard averaged 16.5 points with 8 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block to go with it.
When asked about what she enjoyed most about the season, Howard said “How we enjoyed each other, how we laughed and how we never let things get to us when we were losing, how we never let any loss get to us and how we just came back to work and enjoyed each other”
Howard mentioned the fact that she found her “WNBA Home” in Dallas and was able to be a true leader on a Wings team that desperately needed it.
“It was very important” Howard said when speaking on her leadership this season.
“I kinda started growing in that role last season when I was with New York but this year I embarrassed it even more, I feel like coming to this team everyone looked up to me and knew my accolades so I wanted to keep everyone level headed” she added.
Overall, Howard and Dallas were a perfect match as the Wings were looking for a veteran presence who could play at an All Star Level.
2024 will be the final year of Howard’s Wings contract as she will make $234,350 before hitting the free agent market during the 2024-2025 offseason.
Natasha Howard will be a key piece of the puzzle as the Wings look to contend for their first championship in 2024.