Ron Howard (basketball)

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Ron Howard
Free agent
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1982-11-14) November 14, 1982 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Whitney Young (Chicago, Illinois)
College Marquette (2001–2002)
Valparaiso (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2007 Trigueros de Ciudad Obregón
2007–2010 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2010 Marinos de Anzoátegui
2010 Barak Netanya
2010–2011 Adelaide 36ers
2011–2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League champion (2014)
  • NBA D-League Finals MVP (2014)
  • NBA D-League MVP (2014)
  • All-NBA D-League First Team (2014)
  • CIBACOPA champion (2007)
  • 3x NBA D-League All-Star (2010, 2013–2014)
  • 2x NBA D-League Sportsmanship award (2013–2014)
  • CIBACOPA All-Star (2007)
  • 2x Second-team All-MCC (2005–2006)

Ron Howard (born November 14, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. He held the D-League all-time scoring record from March 2014 to December 2014.[1]

High school career[edit]

Howard attended Whitney Young High School in Chicago, Illinois. As a senior, he averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game while earning All-Conference, All-City, All-Area and Special Mention All-State honors.[2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Marquette, Howard played alongside future NBA players Dwyane Wade and Travis Diener. In 9 games, he averaged just 1.8 points per game.[2][3]

In 2002, he transferred to Valparaiso and subsequently sat out the 2002–03 season due to NCAA transfer rules.[2]

As a sophomore, he played 19 games, averaging 5.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.[2][3]

As a junior, he earned second team All-Conference honors, as well as winning the Dick Koenig Assist Award and the Homer W. Drew Sr. Memorial Most Improved Player Award. In 31 games. he averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.[2][3]

As a senior, he again earned second team All-Conference honors. In 29 games, he averaged 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.[2][3]

Professional career[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

Howard went undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft. In October 2006, he joined the Hanzevast Capitals of the Netherlands for a try-out but was unsuccessful and left the next month.

In early 2007, he joined Trigueros de Ciudad Obregón of Mexico for the 2007 CIBACOPA season. As well as being an All-Star, he helped Trigueros win the 2007 championship.

2007–08 season[edit]

On November 1, 2007, Howard was selected by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the 7th round of the 2007 NBA D-League draft.

2008–09 season[edit]

On September 29, 2008, Howard signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. However, he was later waived by the Bucks on October 20, 2008. Later that month, he was re-acquired by the Mad Ants.

2009–10 season[edit]

In July 2009, Howard joined the New York Knicks for the 2009 NBA Summer League. On September 24, 2009, he signed with the Knicks. However, he was later waived by the Knicks on October 7, 2009. In November 2009, he was re-acquired by the Mad Ants. In March 2010, he left the Mad Ants.

In April 2010, he signed with Marinos de Anzoátegui for the 2010 LPB season.

2010–11 season[edit]

In July 2010, Howard re-joined the New York Knicks for the 2010 NBA Summer League. In September 2010, he signed with Barak Netanya of Israel for the 2010–11 season. In November 2010, he left Netanya after just 3 games.

On December 15, 2010, he signed with the Adelaide 36ers for the rest of the 2010–11 NBL season.[4][5] On February 23, 2011, he was released by the 36ers due to an ankle injury.[6] In 11 games, he averaged 8.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.[7]

On March 14, 2011, he was re-acquired by the Mad Ants.[8]

2011–12 season[edit]

On September 20, 2011, Howard was re-acquired by the Mad Ants.[9]

On December 10, 2011, he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. However, he was later waived by the Bucks on December 19, 2011. He then returned to the Mad Ants.

2012–13 season[edit]

In October 2012, Howard was re-acquired by the Mad Ants.[10]

On February 4, 2013, Howard was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[11] On April 16, 2013, he received the 2013 NBA D-League Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award.[12]

2013–14 season[edit]

In July 2013, Howard joined the Indiana Pacers for the Orlando Summer League (did not play for them) and the NBA D-League Select Team for the Las Vegas Summer League.[13] On September 10, 2013, he signed with the Pacers[14] but was later waived on October 17, 2013.[15] In November 2013, he was re-acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[16]

On February 3, 2014, Howard was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[17] On April 18, 2014, he received the 2014 NBA D-League Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award.[18] On April 24, 2014, Howard and Othyus Jeffers were named the co-MVPs of the NBA D-League for the 2013–14 season.[19]

On April 26, 2014, the Mad Ants claimed their first D-League championship as they defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 2 games to 0. Along with his first D-League championship, Howard received the Finals Co-MVP award with teammate Matt Bouldin.[20]

2014–15 season[edit]

In July 2014, Howard re-joined the NBA D-League Select Team for the 2014 NBA Summer League.


Howard is the son of Lorri Howard and Isom Bearden.[2] Howard and his wife, Reesha, reside in Fort Wayne with their two daughters, Chloe and Peyton. They run Game Day Sports Camp, a summer camp for local children grades K-8.[21]


Fort Wayne Mad Ants[22]
  • Most points (career): 4,214
  • Most rebounds (career): 964
  • Most games played (career): 241
  • Most steals (career): 324
NBA Development League[23]
  • Most points (career): 4,214


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