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Maine Red Claws

Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2009
History Maine Red Claws
2009–present
Arena Portland Exposition Building
Location Portland, Maine
Team colors Red, White, Green
Head coach Scott Morrison
Ownership Maine Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Boston Celtics
Championships None
Division / Conference titles None
Website Official website
The Red Claws against the Dakota Wizards in the Portland Exposition Building in January 2011.

The Maine Red Claws are a basketball team of the NBA Development League affiliated with the Boston Celtics.[1] On February 25, 2009, the NBADL awarded the city of Portland, Maine with an expansion franchise.[2] The team began playing in the 2009–2010 season. The team's home court is the Portland Expo Building. The team is owned by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is chaired by William Ryan, Jr. The Red Claws made their first playoff appearance on April 6, 2013 as the 8 seeded team. The team was selected by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the opening round.[3]

On July 21, 2009 the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first Head Coach of the team.[4] Radio station 96.3 WJJB-FM broadcast the games.[5] This streak continued for the second season and was cut short during the 2011-2012 season, ending the streak at 48 consecutive games.

On June 21, 2012, the Red Claws announced that they had entered a "hybrid" affiliation with the Boston Celtics, making the Celtics the Red Claws' sole affiliate.[6]

The Red Claws made their first play-off appearance on April 11, 2013, in a 118-120 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the first game of a three game series.[7][8]

On July 16, 2014, the Red Claws announced that Mike Taylor would not return for a third season as the team's head coach. He had a 45-55 record as coach over two seasons with the team.[9] On August 15, 2014 it was announced Morell, Prince Edward Island's Scott Morrison would assume the reigns, after 11 seasons as the head coach of the Lakehead Thunderwolves. Morrison spent the 2013-14 season as a D-League assistant. [10]

Team name

On April 2, 2009, "Red Claws" was announced as the winning name after a name-the-team contest. Voters in the contest could choose from the Red Claws, Beacons, Crushers, Destroyers, Swarm and Traps. The name and logo give homage to the lobster fishing industry, a major economic engine of the New England area. The use of "Red" in the team's name also serves to pay tribute to longtime Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.

Season By Season

Season Division Regular Season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Maine Red Claws
2009–10 Eastern 4th 27 23 .540
2010–11 Eastern 5th 18 32 .360
2011–12 Eastern 6th 21 29 .420
2012–13 Eastern 3rd 26 24 .520 First round
2013–14 Eastern 4th 19 31 .380
Regular Season Record 111 139 .460 2009–2013
Playoff Record 0 2 .000 2009–2013

2010 draft picks

  1. Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech
  2. Kenny Hayes, Miami (Ohio)
  3. Chamberlain Oguchi, Illinois State
  4. Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
  5. Tajuan Porter, Oregon
  6. James Lewis, Fresno Pacific
  7. JaJuan Smith, Tennessee
  8. Eugene Spates, Northeastern
  9. Armon Bassett, Ohio University

2011 draft picks[11]

  1. Chris Wright, Dayton
  2. Durrell Summers, Michigan State
  3. Mike Tisdale, Illinois
  4. Charles Okwandu, Connecticut
  5. Sadiel Rojas, Oklahoma Wesleyan
  6. Darren Cooper, University of Portland (Oregon)
  7. Jonathan Dupre, Pepperdine

Players assigned from NBA teams

Players recalled by NBA teams

Affiliates

Current roster

References

  1. ^ Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald. 
  2. ^ "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios". 
  4. ^ http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=269419&ac=PHnws
  5. ^ "IT'S OFFICIAL!!! NBDL Coming to Portland, WJAB TO BE FLAGSHIP BROADCAST STATION". The CMSB. 2009-02-25. . During the 2009–2010 season, the Red Claws were the only NBA Development League team to sell out all 24 of their home games.
  6. ^ Lowe, Mike (June 21, 2012). "Boston Celtics now sole affiliate of Maine Red Claws". The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Furious Red Claws' Rally Falls Short". 
  8. ^ "RED CLAWS TO OPEN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AT HOME THURSDAY". 
  9. ^ "NBA Development League: Red Claws Will Feature New Head Coach For 2014-15 Season".  
  10. ^ "End of an era". 
  11. ^ "2011 NBA D-League Draft Results". Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

External links

  • Official website
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