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NBA Development League

NBA Development League
Most recent season or competition:
2015–16 NBA Development League season
NBA Development League logo
Sport Basketball
Founded 2001
President Malcolm Turner
Inaugural season 2001–02
No. of teams 19
Country United States, Canada
Continent FIBA Americas (Americas)
Most recent champion(s) Santa Cruz Warriors (1st title)
Most titles Oklahoma City Blue
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
(2 titles)
TV partner(s) ESPN/NBA TV/NBA TV Canada/YouTube
Official website

The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the David Stern announced a plan to expand the NBA D-League to fifteen teams and develop it into a true minor league farm system, with each NBA D-League team affiliated with one or more NBA teams. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season, 33% of NBA players had spent time in the NBA D-League, up from 23% in 2011. Beginning in the 2015–16 NBA Development League season, the league will consist of 19 teams; all of whom will be either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants had been the lone exception, until they were acquired by the Indiana Pacers in September 2015.


  • History 1
    • All-Star Game 1.1
    • D-League Showcase 1.2
    • Draft 1.3
    • Player allocations 1.4
    • Successful NBA call-ups 1.5
  • Teams 2
    • Current teams 2.1
    • Team ownership 2.2
    • Expansion 2.3
    • Defunct / relocated teams 2.4
    • League development 2.5
    • Team timeline 2.6
  • Awards and honors 3
    • Most Valuable Player 3.1
    • Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year 3.2
    • Rookie of the Year 3.3
    • Defensive Player of the Year 3.4
    • Impact Player of the Year 3.5
    • Most Improved Player 3.6
    • Executive of the Year 3.7
    • Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award 3.8
    • Development Champion Award 3.9
    • All-Star Game MVP 3.10
    • All-NBA Development League Team 3.11
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The league began its play as the NBADL in the 2001–02 season; the original eight franchises were all located in the Georgia).

In the summer of 2005, some of these teams were purchased by private owners and relocated —at the same time the league's name was changed—, in a bid to appeal to more fans nationwide. As a result, franchises were established in or moved to Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma. In February 2006, the D-League expanded to California for the first time with the addition of the Bakersfield Jam. Two months later, the league announced that four teams from the Continental Basketball Association were joining the league: the Dakota Wizards, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Idaho Stampede, and a team originally slated for CBA expansion, the Colorado 14ers.[1][2] A few days after that, the league announced that Anaheim, California, would be getting a team.[3] One week after that, they announced that the Los Angeles Lakers have purchased a team, making them the first NBA team to own a D-League team.[4] The westward expansion contributed to the contraction of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzle[5] and Fayetteville Patriots.[6] The Florida Flame have suspended operations due to arena scheduling difficulties.[7]

Today, no NBA D-League teams remain in the league's original Southeastern footprint. On November 5, 2009, the Texas Legends made history by hiring Nancy Lieberman as head coach, the first female head coach to lead an NBA or NBA D-League team.

On January 4, 2010, the league announced its first national television agreement with Versus. Versus is slated to carry 10 regular season games and 6 playoff games throughout 2010, airing on Saturday nights beginning January 16. The league will have a new national broadcast partner in the CBS Sports Network, starting with the 2012–13 season. Select games will also be streamed live on YouTube.

On March 10, 2014, the New York Knicks announced that they had acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in White Plains, New York. The new team became the NBA D-League’s 18th team and is the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, playing its home games at the Westchester County Center, approximately 30 miles north of New York City. With the purchase, the Knicks become the seventh NBA team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate.[8]

On May 27, 2015, it was announced that the Toronto Raptors would receive their own team in the Greater Toronto Area for the 2015-16 season.[9] On June 29, 2015 it was announced that the team will play in the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and would be named Raptors 905. The team is named after the area code that covers most of Toronto's suburbs.[10]

Currently the league is split into two Conferences: Eastern and Western. In the Eastern Conference there are there are two divisions: Atlantic and Central. The Atlantic Division includes: the Canton Charge, the Delaware 87ers, the Maine Red Claws, the Westchester Knicks, and Raptors 905. The Central Division includes: the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Grand Rapids Drive, the Iowa Energy and the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In the Western Conference there are two divisions: Southwest and West. The Southwest Division includes: the Austin Spurs, the Oklahoma City Blue, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and the Texas Legends. The West Division includes: the Bakersfield Jam, the Idaho Stampede, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Reno Bighorns, and the Santa Cruz Warriors.

All-Star Game

The NBA Development League held its first All-Star game February 17, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. As with the NBA's showcase game, a fan vote determined the starting lineup for each team. The East won, 114 to 100, with Pops Mensah-Bonsu named the game's MVP.[11]

The second annual All-Star game was held on February 16, 2008, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Blue team beat the Red team, 117–99, and Jeremy Richardson was named the MVP. In addition to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, the league debuted its first Dream Factory Friday Night events, which modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events. The events consists of Three-Point Shootout (won by Adam Harrington), Slam Dunk Contest (won by Brent Petway) and game of H.O.R.S.E. (won by Lance Allred).[12]

The 2009 D-League All-Star game was held on February 14, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Red Team defeated the Blue Team, 113–103, and Blake Ahearn and Courtney Sims were named co-MVPs.[13] Along with the All-Star game, the NBA D-League ran their second annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. H.O.R.S.E., which debuted last year, was won by Will Conroy of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. The Three-Point Shootout was won by Blake Ahearn of the Dakota Wizards, and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by James White of the Bakersfield Jam.[14]

The 2010 D-League All-Star game was held on February 13, 2010, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. The Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference Team, 98–81. Bakersfield Jam center Brian Butch, who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, was named as the MVP of the game.[15] The NBA D-League also ran their third annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. The inaugural Shooting Stars Competition was won by a team of Pat Carroll, Trey Gilder and Carlos Powell. The Three-Point Shootout was won by Andre Ingram of the Utah Flash, and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by Dar Tucker of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[16]

D-League Showcase

The league stages an annual NBA D-League Showcase in which all of the league's teams play each other in a "carnival" format. The showcase was first played in 2005 was originally intended solely as a scouting event for NBA general managers and scouts, but has evolved into a fan-friendly four-day event in which each team plays two games apiece. Since the inception of the event in 2005, there have been 15 players called-up or recalled during or immediately following the Showcase. The showcase has been hosted in Fayetteville, North Carolina (2006), Sioux Falls, South Dakota (2007), Boise, Idaho (2008), Orem, Utah (2009), Boise, Idaho (2010), South Padre Island, Texas (2011), and Reno, Nevada in 2012 and 2013, and Santa Cruz, California in 2015.


The NBA D-League Draft occurs each season and is the major source from which teams build their rosters. Team rosters are made up of returning players (players who were on the team during the previous season), allocated players (players who have local significance), and drafted players. The 8 round draft utilizes a "serpentine" format, meaning the order alternates in each round; Team A who selected first in Round 1 will select last in Round 2, while Team B who selected last in Round 1 will get the first pick in Round 2. Round 3 was added in 2014

Player allocations

Players for NBA D-League teams do not sign contracts with the individual teams, but with the league itself. D-League team rosters consist of a total of 12 players, 10 (or fewer) being D-League players and two (or more) NBA players. The rosters are made up in a number of ways: the previous years' players, players taken in the D-League draft, allocation players (meaning players who are assigned to a team with which they have a local connection, such as a University of Texas player being assigned to the Austin Spurs), NBA team assignments, and local tryouts.

Each NBA team can assign two first- or second-year players to its affiliated D-League team. If more than two NBA players are assigned to a team, the team must reduce the number of D-League players to keep the total roster size to 12. An NBA player will continue to be paid his NBA salary and will continue to be included on his NBA team’s roster on the inactive list while playing in the D-League.[17] Each team also has local tryouts, and one player from the tryouts is assigned to the team.

The minimum age to play in the NBDL is 18,[18] unlike the NBA which requires players to be 19 years old and one year out of high school in order to sign an NBA contract or be eligible for the draft. The tallest player ever to be assigned is Hasheem Thabeet, the second player selected in the 2009 NBA Draft. The tallest player to ever play, though, was the Canadian-Indian Sim Bhullar, who would play alongside one of the shortest players in Tajuan Porter during the 2014-15 season at for the Reno Bighorns.

NBA teams can call up players as many times as they choose, and there is no limit to the number of times an NBA player with three years or less experience can be assigned to the D-League. Starting in 2011–12, veteran NBA players could be assigned with their consent.[19] The first example of such was with Yi Jianlian, who the Dallas Mavericks assigned to the Texas Legends for two games.

Successful NBA call-ups

Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Some of the called-up D-League players that went on to have successful NBA careers include Rafer Alston, Louis Amundson, Chris Andersen, Kelenna Azubuike, Matt Barnes, Devin Brown, Will Bynum, Matt Carroll, Eddie Gill, Stephen Graham, Jason Hart, Chuck Hayes, Anthony Johnson, Dahntay Jones, Jamario Moon, Mikki Moore, Smush Parker, Bobby Simmons, Ime Udoka, Von Wafer, C. J. Watson, and Mike Wilks.[20] Aside from these players, there are several successful NBA players who were assigned to the D-League in their first and second season, such as José Juan Barea, Brandon Bass, Andray Blatche, Avery Bradley, Aaron Brooks, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat, Ramon Sessions, Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Martell Webster.[21]

Currently, there are only 25 players with D-League experience who won an NBA title: one (Tremaine Fowlkes) with the Detroit Pistons in 2003–04, two (Devin Brown and Mike Wilks) with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004–05, two (Earl Barron and Dorell Wright) with the Miami Heat in 2005–06, one (James White) with the San Antonio Spurs in 2006–07, one (Gabe Pruitt) with the Boston Celtics in 2007–08, one (Sun Yue) with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008–09, three (Shannon Brown , Jordan Farmar, and Josh Powell) with the Lakers in both 2008–09[22] and 2009-10, four (Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois, Ian Mahinmi, and Dominique Jones) with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11, two (Dexter Pittman and Terrel Harris) with the Heat in 2011-12, two (Jarvis Varnado and Chris Andersen) with the Heat in 2012-13, and a record six (Aron Baynes, Austin Daye, Danny Green, Damion James, Cory Joseph, and Patty Mills) with the Spurs in 2013-14. Bobby Simmons and Aaron Brooks are the only former D-League players to win an NBA end of season award; Simmons won the Most Improved Player Award with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004–05 and Brooks won the Most Improved Player Award with the Houston Rockets in 2009–10.[23][24]

In the 2008 NBA Draft, the Idaho Stampede's Mike Taylor was drafted 55th by the Portland Trail Blazers. He became the first player from the NBA D-League to be drafted by an NBA team. He was subsequently traded and signed a rookie contract with Los Angeles Clippers.[25] In the 2010 NBA Draft, the Tulsa 66ers' Latavious Williams was drafted 48th by the Miami Heat and later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA team affiliated with the 66ers.[26] One year later, in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Bakersfield Jam's Chukwudiebere Maduabum was drafted 56th by the then-affiliated Los Angeles Lakers and later traded to the Denver Nuggets.[27] Glen Rice, Jr. of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers was the highest D-League draftee in the 2013 NBA Draft, when he was selected 35th by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the Washington Wizards.[28] At the 2014 NBA Draft, two D-League players were selected for the first time: P. J. Hairston was drafted 26th (which was also the first time a D–League player was drafted in the first round in the NBA) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo was the 51st pick.


Current teams

Eastern Conference
Division Team City/Area Arena Capacity Founded NBA affiliate(s) Ownership
Atlantic Delaware 87ers Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center 5,100 2007[29] Philadelphia 76ers Parent club
Erie BayHawks Erie, PA Erie Insurance Arena 6,750 2008 Orlando Magic[30] Hybrid
Maine Red Claws Portland, ME Portland Exposition Building 3,100 2009 Boston Celtics Hybrid
Raptors 905 Mississauga, ON Hershey Centre 5,000 2015 Toronto Raptors[10] Parent club
Westchester Knicks White Plains, NY Westchester County Center 5,000 2014 New York Knicks Parent club
Central Canton Charge Canton, OH Canton Memorial Civic Center 5,200 2001[31] Cleveland Cavaliers Parent club
Fort Wayne Mad Ants Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 13,000 2007 Indiana Pacers Parent club
Grand Rapids Drive Walker, MI DeltaPlex Arena 4,500 2006[32] Detroit Pistons Hybrid
Iowa Energy Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena 16,110 2007 Memphis Grizzlies[33] Parent club
Sioux Falls Skyforce Sioux Falls, SD Sanford Pentagon 3,250 1989[34] Miami Heat Hybrid
Western Conference
Division Team City Arena Capacity Founded NBA affiliate(s) Ownership
Southwest Austin Spurs Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center 7,200 2001[35] San Antonio Spurs Parent club
Oklahoma City Blue Oklahoma City, OK Cox Convention Center 13,846 2001[36] Oklahoma City Thunder Parent club
Rio Grande Valley Vipers Hidalgo, TX State Farm Arena 5,500 2007 Houston Rockets Hybrid
Texas Legends Frisco, TX Dr Pepper Arena 4,500 2006[37] Dallas Mavericks Hybrid
West Bakersfield Jam Bakersfield, CA Dignity Health Event Center 500 2006 Phoenix Suns[38] Hybrid
Idaho Stampede Boise, ID CenturyLink Arena Boise 5,732 1997[39] Utah Jazz[40] Parent club
Los Angeles D-Fenders El Segundo, CA Toyota Sports Center 336 2006[41] Los Angeles Lakers Parent club
Reno Bighorns Reno, NV Reno Events Center 7,000 2008 Sacramento Kings Hybrid
Santa Cruz Warriors Santa Cruz, CA Kaiser Permanente Arena 2,505 1995[42] Golden State Warriors Parent club

Team ownership

Ownership models vary across the NBA D-League. Growing willingness among NBA organizations to invest in the D-League has led to two main models: direct ownership of D-League teams by parent NBA clubs and single-affiliate partnerships in which the D-League team remains independently owned while the parent club runs and finances basketball operations.

The Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers pioneered the single-affiliate partnership, also known as the hybrid model, in 2009–10. In November 2010, the New Jersey Nets and Springfield Armor announced they will enter into a single-affiliate partnership beginning in 2011–12 (the Nets are now known as the Brooklyn Nets). In June 2011, the New York Knicks and Erie BayHawks announced they will be single-affiliated. In May 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Idaho Stampede. The following month, the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws announced a single-affiliation partnership. In April 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they had purchased the inactive Utah Flash and moved them to Newark, Delaware, as the Delaware 87ers. In June 2013, the Miami Heat announced that they had entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In July 2013, the Sacramento Kings and Reno Bighorns entered into a single-affiliation. The Stampede ended their affiliation with the Trail Blazers after the 2013–14 season and in June 2014 announced their affiliation with the Utah Jazz. The Armor moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan after the 2013–14 season and affiliated with the Detroit Pistons. In May 2014, the Memphis Grizzlies and Iowa Energy entered into a single-affiliation partnership.

D-League teams with either hybrid or direct ownership by their NBA clubs usually also adopt the colors and names used by their parent club; exceptions include the Celtics and Red Claws, the Pacers and Mad Ants, the Magic and Bayhawks, the Suns and Jam, the Jazz and Stampede, and the Kings and Bighorns.

Parent club ownership: Austin Spurs (by the San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (by the Cleveland Cavaliers), Delaware 87ers (by the Philadelphia 76ers), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (by the Indiana Pacers), Los Angeles D-Fenders (by the Los Angeles Lakers), Santa Cruz Warriors (by the Golden State Warriors), Iowa Energy (with the Memphis Grizzlies), Oklahoma City Blue (by the Oklahoma City Thunder), Westchester Knicks (by the New York Knicks), Idaho Stampede (by the Utah Jazz), and Raptors 905 (by the Toronto Raptors).

Single affiliation/hybrid model: Maine Red Claws (with the Boston Celtics), Reno Bighorns (with the Sacramento Kings), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (with the Houston Rockets), Sioux Falls Skyforce (with the Miami Heat), Texas Legends (with the Dallas Mavericks), Erie BayHawks (with the Orlando Magic), Grand Rapids Drive (with the Detroit Pistons), and the Bakersfield Jam (with the Phoenix Suns)

NBA teams without an exclusive affiliate: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, and Washington Wizards.


Expansion has been scarce over the years, however on May 4, 2015, the Charlotte Hornets were the first to announce that they plan on bringing an NBA D-League team to the Carolinas to start in the 2016-17 season.[43] Rumored cities included Asheville, North Carolina (former home of the Altitude),[44] Fayetteville, North Carolina (former home of the Patriots), Raleigh, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina,[45][46] Columbia, South Carolina,[47] Greenville, South Carolina (former home of the Groove), and Charleston, South Carolina (former home of the Lowgators). On May 27, 2015, Charlotte television station WLTX reported that Greenville and Raleigh bowed out of pursuing the NBA D-League while the cities of Columbia and Greensboro will submit proposals at a later time. On July 2, 2015, Columbia bowed out of pursuing an NBA D-League team which leaves Asheville, Charleston, Fayetteville, and Greensboro as potential cities to host the team.[48] On October 25, 2015, it was announced that the Hornets chose Greensboro for their D-League team beating out Fayetteville and Asheville. The team will make its debut in the 2016-17 season and play its home games at the Pavilion at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex which will be renovated into a basketball fieldhouse.[49]

On June 3, 2015, Brooklyn Nets General Manager Billy King said the Nets are” on the verge of reaching an agreement to have a D-League team again in the next couple of years.” The team hopes to play at least its first season in Brooklyn.[50] On September 14th Billy King mentioned to David Aldridge that the Brooklyn Nets hope to field a team in time for the 2016-2017 season in Brooklyn in response to the Pacer's purchase of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[51] "The goal is to have one next year," GM Billy King said Friday. "Not having a team [last season], we didn't use Fort Wayne. We worked with Boston and Maine. The way it worked last year ... we timed it so when we had Markel [Brown], we worked it so we could send him to Maine.".[52] The goal is for the team to play in Brooklyn and then move to a refurbished Nassau Coliseum (Bruce Ratner, who designed the Barclays Center is facilitating the arena design).

On June 30, 2015, Atlanta Hawks Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Mike Budenholzer said in a meeting with reporters that it is "critical" that Atlanta have its own D-League team in the near future.[53]

On July 21, 2015, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said the team is looking into possibly owning their own D-League team in the next year or two. "We're looking at some options right now on the Gulf Coast and in the state of Louisiana. So we're looking into that. We have some plans to add our own D-League team." Before Demps joined the New Orleans Pelicans Front Office he served in a dual role with the San Antonio Spurs as director of pro player personnel and general manager of the Austin Toros.[54]

On October 12, 2015, it was announced that Omaha was pursuing a D-League franchise. Gary Green, the owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers, said the NBA approved the idea of a franchise, while also mentioning the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets as possible affiliates. Green said, "We've had talks with the NBA and the guys in the D-League and they absolutely want to have a team in Omaha... We have a deal with the D-League in place, we just gotta find a franchise now.”[55][56]

Defunct / relocated teams

Team City Active year(s) Former NBA affiliates Notes
Albuquerque / New Mexico Thunderbirds Albuquerque, New Mexico 2005–2011 Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Utah Jazz Became the Canton Charge
Anaheim Arsenal Anaheim, California 2006–2009 Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers Became the Springfield Armor
Arkansas RimRockers Little Rock, Arkansas 2004–2007 Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors Suspended by owners
Asheville Altitude Asheville, North Carolina 2001–2005 None Became the Tulsa 66ers
(North) Charleston Lowgators Charleston, South Carolina 2001–2004 None Became the Florida Flame
Colorado 14ers Broomfield, Colorado 2006–2009 Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors Became the Texas Legends
Columbus Riverdragons Columbus, Georgia 2001–2005 None Became the Austin Toros
Dakota Wizards Bismarck, North Dakota 2006–2012 Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards Became the Santa Cruz Warriors
Fayetteville Patriots Fayetteville, North Carolina 2001–2006 Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks Folded by league
Florida Flame Fort Myers, Florida 2004–2006 Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic Folded by owners
Fort Worth Flyers Fort Worth, Texas 2005–2007 Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers Suspended by owners
Greenville Groove Greenville, South Carolina 2001–2003 None Folded by league
Huntsville Flight Huntsville, Alabama 2001–2005 None Became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Mobile Revelers Mobile, Alabama 2001–2003 None Folded by league
Roanoke Dazzle Roanoke, Virginia 2001–2006 New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards Folded by league
Springfield Armor Springfield, Massachusetts 2009–2014 New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers Became the Grand Rapids Drive
Tulsa 66ers Tulsa, Oklahoma 2005-2014 Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks Became the Oklahoma City Blue
Utah Flash Orem, Utah 2007–2011 Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz Became the Delaware 87ers

League development

Year # Teams Expansion teams Folded teams Annexed teams Returning teams Suspended teams Relocated / renamed teams
2001–02 8 Asheville Altitude
North Charleston Lowgators
Columbus Riverdragons
Fayetteville Patriots
Greenville Groove
Huntsville Flight
Mobile Revelers
Roanoke Dazzle
2002–03 8
2003–04 6 Greenville Groove
Mobile Revelers
North Charleston LowgatorsCharleston Lowgators (name change only)
2004–05 6 Charleston LowgatorsFlorida Flame
2005–06 8 Fort Worth Flyers Arkansas RimRockers Asheville AltitudeTulsa 66ers
Columbus RiverdragonsAustin Toros
Huntsville FlightAlbuquerque Thunderbirds
2006–07 12 Anaheim Arsenal
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Fayetteville Patriots
Roanoke Dazzle
Bakersfield Jam
Colorado 14ers
Dakota Wizards
Idaho Stampede
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Florida Flame
2007–08 14 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Iowa Energy
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Utah Flash
Florida Flame
Arkansas RimRockers
Fort Worth Flyers
2008–09 16 Erie BayHawks
Reno Bighorns
2009–10 16 Maine Red Claws Anaheim ArsenalSpringfield Armor
Colorado 14ersTexas Legends (began playing in 2010–11)
2010–11 16 Los Angeles D-Fenders Albuquerque ThunderbirdsNew Mexico Thunderbirds (arena move only)
2011–12 16 Los Angeles D-Fenders Utah Flash New Mexico ThunderbirdsCanton Charge
2012–13 16 Dakota WizardsSanta Cruz Warriors
2013–14 17 Utah FlashDelaware 87ers
2014–15 18 Westchester Knicks Springfield ArmorGrand Rapids Drive
Tulsa 66ersOklahoma City Blue
Austin TorosAustin Spurs
2015–16 19 Raptors 905
2016-17 20 Greensboro[49]

Team timeline

Current teams in tan
Former teams or former names in blue

Awards and honors

Most Valuable Player

Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Defensive Player of the Year

Impact Player of the Year

Most Improved Player

Executive of the Year

Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award

Development Champion Award

  • 2011–12 Los Angeles D-Fenders
  • 2012–13 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • 2013–14 Santa Cruz Warriors
  • 2014–15 Fort Wayne Mad Ants

All-Star Game MVP

All-NBA Development League Team

See also


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  32. ^ As the Springfield Armor.
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  34. ^ Played in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball League (1999–2001) before joining the NBA D-League in 2006.
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  37. ^ As the Colorado 14ers.
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  39. ^ Played in the Continental Basketball Association before joining the NBA D-League in 2006.
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  41. ^ Did not field a team for the 2010-2011 season.
  42. ^ As the Dakota Wizards; Played in the International Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball Association before joining the NBA D-League in 2006.
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  55. ^ Report: MiLB team owner says ‘deal in place’ for D-League expansion in Omaha
  56. ^ TBL: Storm Chasers owner Gary Green discusses the Mets playoff chances and NBDL news for Omaha

External links

  • Official website
  • D-League –
  • D-League Blog
  • NBA D-League on Twitter
  • NBA D-League on Facebook
  • NBA D-League on Flickr
  • NBA D-League on YouTube
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