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.

Or they can be viewed as signs of a more simple fact: Ron Howard has been a really good player for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants over the last seven years.

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:

Times that Howard has finished Top 10 in the league in scoring average. He's on the brink of doing it for a fifth time if he can close out the season strong: At 20.5 points per game, he sits 9th in the league, 0.1 ahead of L.A.'s NBA veteran, Terrence Williams.

Percent of Howard's career field goals that have come from the 15-19-foot range. They say the mid-range jumper is a lost art, but not in Mr. Mad Ant's world. He's a 39% shooter from that area -- which would place him in the Top 20 in the NBA this season -- with his sweet spot lying just outside of the free throw line to the free throw line extended, either off the dribble or coming off a screen.

Career three-pointers made. Howard's game harkens back to the days when the and-one was the only way to score three points on a single play. After going 0/16 from beyond the arc in his first two seasons, however, he actually did add the long-range shot to his game in 2010-11, when he hit 42-of-109 (38.5%).

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).

Percent of his points that have come at the free throw line. The charity stripe has been especially kind to Howard, a crafty slasher who's an expert at drawing contact. He's gotten to the line about six times per game on average over his career, making a total of 1,160 free throws at an 81% clip. Whatever efficiency he lacks as a non-three-point shooter, he makes up for here.

The Mad Ants' average pace -- possessions per 48 minutes -- during his time in Fort Wayne. Howard's teams have typically played at a pace right around the league average over his seven seasons. But his career arc simultaneously shows just how much the league has changed since 2007-08. That year, the Ants played at the league's fastest pace: 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes. This season, they're playing at the league's eighth-fastest pace: 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes.