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Ron Howard to attend training camp with Indiana Pacers

Aug 26, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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The Indiana Pacers have already handed out 13 guaranteed contracts for next season, leaving two spots available for potential role players ready to contribute. One of the players vying for that opportunity will be Ron Howard, a longtime standout for the Pacers’ NBA Development League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Howard will attend vet camp with the Pacers, a league source told Pro Basketball Talk, after averaging 19.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this past season in the D-League. The man known as Mr. Mad Ant will turn 31 in November, but he’s continued to improve since entering the D-League through an open tryout prior to the 2007 season.

Howard put up a career-best 18.2 PER for the Mad Ants last season while helping lead the team to its first playoff berth in six seasons. He showed that an old dog can learn new tricks in the process, too, as the 6-foot-5 swingman played more point guard than he had at any other point in his career.

The former Valparaiso standout has participated in three previous vet camps — two with the Milwaukee Bucks and one with the Knicks — but has never appeared on an NBA team’s regular season roster. He’s hoping that changes this year, however, considering another only five other players have played more career minutes in the D-League’s history … and that’s a list nobody wants to move up on at this stage of their career.

  1. asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I thoroughly enjoyed Apollo 13 and The Andy Griffith Show. I’m interested to see what he can do in the NBA.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Rumor is he might do some voiceover work during the timeouts.

  2. rjlink1 - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    little Opie Cunningham

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    He was the MAN coming out of Jefferson High. Underhanded free throws made him look like a nerd but were effective.

  4. sdelmonte - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Humdrum.

  5. meyeshua - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Wow, never knew Opie played.

  6. chiadam - Aug 27, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    Sit on it CB13

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