Texas Legends

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Texas Legends
Texas Legends logo
League NBA G League
Founded 2006
History Colorado 14ers
2006–2009
Texas Legends
2010–present
Arena Dr Pepper Arena
Location Frisco, Texas
Team colors Royal blue, navy blue, silver, black, white[1][2]
                        
Head coach Bob MacKinnon
Ownership Texas D-League Management, LLC
Affiliation(s) Dallas Mavericks
Championships 1 (2009)
Conference titles 1 (2009)
Division titles 1 (2009)
Website texas.dleague.nba.com

The Texas Legends are an NBA G League team based in Frisco, Texas and the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The franchise began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before relocating to Frisco in 2009 and becoming the Texas Legends for the 2010–11 season. The Legends play their home games at the Dr Pepper Arena.

Franchise history[edit]

Colorado 14ers[edit]

In 2006, Colorado businessmen Tim Wiens and John Frew, who were building the Broomfield Event Center as the centerpiece of the Arista development of Broomfield, Colorado, quickly sought to acquire a new minor league basketball team for the venue and the surrounding community, believing minor league teams would be an attraction in the northwest Denver-Boulder region. In February of that year, the pair launched two sports teams, the Rocky Mountain Rage, a minor-league hockey franchise, and the Colorado 14ers, originally a Continental Basketball Association club.[3] However, two months later, the 14ers entered the NBA Development League and began play in the 2006–07 season.[4] The franchise was named after Colorado's 14,000-foot mountain peaks.

2006–07 season[edit]

Onetime Denver Nugget Joe Wolf was hired to be the 14ers' inaugural coach, as he and management put together an arguably formidable D-League roster. In their winning (28-22) inaugural season, the 14ers broke Colorado minor league basketball records of many kinds, from scoring to fan attendance (needs reference please). Team leaders included Von Wafer and Louis Amundson, who were each permanently called up to the NBA by the end of the season. Despite losing stretches and roster reorganizations, the team qualified for the playoffs in its first season. The 14ers won the Western Division title before losing the championship game in overtime to the Dakota Wizards.

2007–08 season[edit]

The 14ers' second season began with an almost entirely new roster, with only Elton Brown and Eric Osmundson remaining from the team's inaugural year. Newcomers included area products Kaniel Dickens who quickly emerged as one of the top players on the team, as well as Eddie Gill, selected in the draft, who was called up to the NBA before even playing a game with the 14ers, but eventually returned to the team). Kevin Hill, another draft pick, was the only Canadian selected in the 2007 draft. Despite considerable roster turnover, which included Brown's departure as well as five call-ups to the NBA (including the rare simultaneous call-ups of Dickens and Billy Thomas on February 22 by the Cleveland Cavaliers), the 14ers fared as well as they did in their first year, finishing the regular season with one more win than in 2006–07. The 14ers' six-game winning streak at the end of the season put them in the playoffs as a wild card, but they lost in the first round to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

2008–09 season[edit]

The 14ers' third marked the most consecutive seasons played by any minor league basketball franchise in Colorado. The season began with financial difficulties for ownership and a new coach, Robert MacKinnon. Joe Wolf had moved to the NBA. The roster had been remade with returnees Eddie Gill and Billy Thomas joined by Jamar Brown, who previously played for the Colorado Crossover. Newcomers Dominique Coleman and Josh Davis both became leading contributors, as did Sonny Weems, assigned from the Denver Nuggets three times to play during the regular season and playoffs. Early in the season, the 14ers led the D-League in wins and set the D-League record for points in a single game with a 147–119 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on March 10. The 14ers later broke that record with a 155–127 win over the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on April 8. Finishing with a franchise-record 34 wins, the 14ers had home court advantage throughout the playoffs, defeating the Erie BayHawks, coming from behind to beat the Austin Toros, and sweeping the Utah Flash in the Finals to become the 2008–09 D-League champions.

Texas Legends[edit]

On June 18, 2009, Dallas Mavericks executive Donnie Nelson purchased the 14ers franchise and moved the team to Frisco, Texas. They were slated to begin play in 2010–11 with a new nickname, colors and logo.[5][6] On November 5, 2009, women's basketball pioneer Nancy Lieberman was introduced as the Legends' head coach, becoming the first woman to lead a men's professional basketball team.[7] Under the name "Texas Legends," the team began play in the 2010–11 D-League season out of the Dr Pepper Arena.[8] Along with Lieberman, the Legends hired other basketball notables for their front office, including 1986 Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb as President of Basketball Operations and 1995 NBA Coach of the Year Del Harris as General Manager.[9]

TV exposure introduced the Legends to fans of the 16-team league. They were seen on national TV on Versus three times and appeared twice on Fox Sports Southwest. In fact, the new franchise's history started with a Versus-televised game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. After dropping the opener, the Legends picked up their first victory on November 26 against the Idaho Stampede, 108–100. Texas returned to Frisco for their inaugural home-opener on November 30. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Legends scored a league record 84 points in the first half, on the way to a 135–112 win over their cross-state rival Austin Toros. Texas began the season with a 5–1 record, the best six-game start for an expansion team in league history. They finished the regular season with a 24–26 record, as Nancy Lieberman guided Texas to the playoffs. They were only the third expansion team in league history to make it to the postseason, but were eliminated in the first round by the Tulsa 66ers.[9]

Following Nancy Lieberman's departure, Del Harris was named as the Legends' new head coach on October 4, 2011.[10] In his lone season with the Legends, Harris guided the team to a 24–26 record for the second straight year, not good enough for a playoff berth however. Between 2012 and 2015, the Legends head coach was former NBA player Eduardo Nájera. He was unable to help the team reach the playoffs in any of his three seasons. On July 8, 2015, the Legends appointed Nick Van Exel as the team's new head coach.[11] After one season, in June 2016, Exel was hired away to become an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies.[12][13] He was replaced by Bob MacKinnon Jr.,[14] who had previously been the head coach when the 14-ers won a D-League championship in Colorado.

Ownership[edit]

The team is owned by Texas D-League Management, LLC, which is principally owned by Donnie Nelson, general manager and President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks and son of former NBA head coach Don Nelson. The ownership group also includes Evan Wyly and Eduardo Nájera.[15]

Season by season[edit]

Season Division / Conference Finish Wins Losses Win% Playoffs
Colorado 14ers
2006–07 Western 2nd 28 22 .560 Won First Round vs. Albuquerque Thunderbirds, 130–100
Won Second Round vs. Idaho Stampede, 94–91 (OT)
Lost D-League Finals to Dakota Wizards, 121–129 (OT)
2007–08 Southwest 2nd 29 21 .580 Lost Semifinals to Los Angeles D-Fenders, 95–102
2008–09 Southwest 1st 34 16 .680 Won First Round vs. Erie BayHawks, 129–108
Won Second Round vs. Austin Toros, 114–111
Won D-League Finals vs. Utah Flash, 2–0
Texas Legends
2009–10 Did not play
2010–11 Western 6th 24 26 .480 Lost First Round to Tulsa 66ers, 1–2
2011–12 Western 4th 24 26 .480
2012–13 Central 5th 21 29 .420
2013–14 Central 4th 24 26 .480
2014–15 Southwest 4th 22 28 .440
2015–16 Southwest 3rd 23 27 .460
2016–17 Southwest 5th 25 25 .500
2017–18 Southwest 3rd 29 21 .580 Lost First Round to Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 100–107
Regular season 283 267 .515
Playoffs 6 4 .600

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Texas Legends roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F Antetokounmpo, Kostas (TW) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1997–11–20 Dayton
F 21 Ashley, Brandon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–15–11 Arizona
F 31 Avila, J. J. 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1991–10–11 Colorado State
G 9 Downing, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992–01–20 Presbyterian
G 4 Hornsby, Keith 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–01–30 LSU
G 3 Lynn, Damon 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1995–03–05 NJIT
G Macon, Daryl (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995–11–29 Arkansas
G 7 Mondy, Duke 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990–12–02 Oakland
G 14 Qualls, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1994–01–20 Arkansas
F 44 Walker, Anthony 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–07–22 Texas–Arlington
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2017–07–30

Coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Joe Wolf 2006–2008 100 57 43 .570 4 2 2 .500
2 Bob MacKinnon Jr. 2008–2009
2016–present
150 88 62 .587 5 4 1 .800 D-League Championship: 2009
3 Nancy Lieberman 2010–2011 50 24 26 .480 3 1 2 .333 First woman to head coach a professional men's basketball team.
4 Del Harris 2011–2012 50 24 26 .480
5 Eduardo Nájera 2012–2015 150 67 83 .447 First Mexican-born head coach in the NBA system.
6 Nick Van Exel 2015–2016 50 23 27 .460

NBA call-ups[edit]

Season Player NBA team Date(s) called-up and contract(s) signed
2006–07 Lou Amundson Utah Jazz February 5, 2007: Signed for 10-days[16]
2006–07 Von Wafer Los Angeles Clippers February 21, 2007: Signed for 10-days[17]
2006–07 Lou Amundson Philadelphia 76ers March 8, 2007: Signed for 10-days[16]
2006–07 Von Wafer Denver Nuggets April 13, 2007: Signed for the remainder of the season[18]
2007–08 Eddie Gill New Jersey Nets November 6, 2007: Signed for the remainder of the season
2007–08 Billy Thomas New Jersey Nets December 24, 2007: Signed for the remainder of the season
2007–08 Kaniel Dickens Cleveland Cavaliers February 22, 2008: Signed for 10-days
2007–08 Billy Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers February 22, 2008: Signed for 10-days
2007–08 Eddie Gill Seattle SuperSonics March 24, 2008: Signed for 10-days
2007–08 Billy Thomas Cleveland Cavaliers February 22, 2008: Signed for the remainder of the season
2008–09 Eddie Gill Milwaukee Bucks February 9, 2009: Signed for 10-days
2010–11 Antonio Daniels Philadelphia 76ers April 5, 2011: Signed for the remainder of the season[19]
2011–12 Dan Gadzuric New York Knicks April 20, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season[20]
2011–12 Sean Williams Boston Celtics April 20, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season[21]
2012–13 Chris Douglas-Roberts Dallas Mavericks December 23, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season[22]
2012–13 Mike James Dallas Mavericks January 8, 2013: Signed for 10-days[23]
2012–13 Justin Dentmon Dallas Mavericks March 25, 2013: Signed for 10-days[24]
2012–13 Dwayne Jones Golden State Warriors April 17, 2013: Signed for the remainder of the season[25]
2013–14 Chris Douglas-Roberts Charlotte Bobcats December 11, 2013: Signed for the remainder of the season[26]
2013–14 James Nunnally Philadelphia 76ers March 17, 2014: Signed for 10-days[27]
2013–14 Damion James San Antonio Spurs April 3, 2014: Signed for 10-days[28]
2013–14 Melvin Ely New Orleans Pelicans April 14, 2014: Signed for the remainder of the season[29]
2014–15 Ish Smith Oklahoma City Thunder November 7, 2014: Signed for the remainder of the season[30]
2014–15 Ricky Ledo New York Knicks March 19, 2015: Signed for 10-days[31]

Source: 2015–16 Texas Legends Media Guide

Honor roll[edit]

Impact Player of the Year: Eddie Gill (2009)
Rookie of the Year: Lou Amundson (2007)
Sportsmanship Award: Billy Thomas (2008)
All-D-League First Team: Lou Amundson (2007), Elton Brown (2007), Von Wafer (2007), Eddie Gill (2008), Joe Alexander (2011)
All-D-League Second Team: Kaniel Dickens (2008), Josh Davis (2009), James Nunnally (2014)
All-D-League Third Team: Billy Thomas (2008), Eddie Gill (2009), Antonio Daniels (2011), Sean Williams (2011, 2012), Eric Griffin (2015)

Past notable players[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "Cats Sign Chris Douglas-Roberts, Waive James Southerland". NBA.com. December 11, 2013. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
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  29. ^ "PELICANS SIGN ELY". NBA.com. April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
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  31. ^ "Knicks Sign Ricky Ledo to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 19, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 

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