Ron Howard's NBA D-League Scoring Record By the Numbers
Ron Howard's 4,261 career points -- more than any other player has scored in the 13-year history of the NBA Development League, surpassing Renaldo Major's 4,252 -- can be looked at it in two different ways. They can be viewed as signs of his relentless pursuit of the NBA. "It shows the persistence and the belief he has in his own abilities, the drive that he has, and the passion and love for the game that he has," said Los Angeles D-Fenders coach Bob MacKinnon, who's worked with Howard at the NBA D-League Elite Mini-Camp.
Players and coaches who've either worked with or competed against Howard admire, above all else, his consistency. (Consider: His 2013-14 season -- 20.5 points, 4.3 rebounds per game -- has been a near-carbon copy of his 2009-10 season -- 20.6 points, 4.1 rebounds per game.) They also say that he's gotten better with age since joining the league from Valparaiso via an open tryout.
Ironically, Howard claimed the scoring record during a season in which he shifted his focus from scoring to point guard play in an attempt to make one last push for the ultimate goal. "I think he's had his best season," said Mad Ants head coach Conner Henry. "His minutes are down, his health is up. He's given us higher quality production.
"Ron deserves to be called up. I wish he was gone tomorrow and he was off for a 10-day [contract] and then signed for the rest of the year."
Here's a look at Howard's journey to 4,261, by the numbers:
But as the rest of the league experiments with an analytics-based three-heavy offense, Howard has drifted back inside the arc: Troy Daniels, the high-flying RGV Vipers' lab rat, surpassed Howard on the career threes leaderboard within his first month in the NBA D-League (12 games) -- yet he's only outscoring Howard by 1.3 points per game this season. As a team, RGV attempted more threes in its first five games (236) than Howard has attempted in 244 career games (209).
SHOT CHARTS BY SEASON: