Delaware 87ers

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Delaware 87ers
Delaware 87ers logo
LeagueNBA Development League
Founded2007
HistoryUtah Flash
NBA D-League:
2004–2011
Delaware 87ers
NBA D-League: 2013–present
ArenaBob Carpenter Center
LocationNewark, Delaware
Team colorsBlue, Red, White
              
Head coachRod Baker
OwnershipPhiladelphia 76ers
Affiliation(s)Utah Jazz/Boston Celtics/Atlanta Hawks (2007–2011)
Philadelphia 76ers
(2013–present)
Championships0
Division / Conference titles1 (2008–09)
Websitehttp://www.sevens.com/
 
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Delaware 87ers
Delaware 87ers logo
LeagueNBA Development League
Founded2007
HistoryUtah Flash
NBA D-League:
2004–2011
Delaware 87ers
NBA D-League: 2013–present
ArenaBob Carpenter Center
LocationNewark, Delaware
Team colorsBlue, Red, White
              
Head coachRod Baker
OwnershipPhiladelphia 76ers
Affiliation(s)Utah Jazz/Boston Celtics/Atlanta Hawks (2007–2011)
Philadelphia 76ers
(2013–present)
Championships0
Division / Conference titles1 (2008–09)
Websitehttp://www.sevens.com/

The Delaware 87ers (nicknamed the Sevens) are an American professional basketball team of the NBA Development League. They are an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. They play their home games at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The team was founded in 2007 as the Utah Flash and served as an affiliate to the Utah Jazz. In April 2013, the 76ers acquired the team and relocated it to Delaware.

History[edit]

2007–2011: Utah Flash[edit]

In 2004, Utah entrepreneur Brandt Andersen heard there the NBA was expanding operations to include a development league. Eventually Andersen got a new team to start play in 2007, based in Orem, Utah, playing at the McKay Events Center.[1][2][3]

The Flash nickname was chosen by a name-the-team contest which earned over 21,000 votes. The team was established with a close help from its NBA affiliate Utah Jazz, who indicated to the general manager job David Fredman - who was an assistant coach and director of scouting for the Jazz for 28 years, and also the assistant general manager for the Denver Nuggets - and as a coach Brad Jones, a regional scout who was the nephew of long time Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Also as an NBA affiliate were the Boston Celtics.[4] In the first season for the Flash on December 21, 2007 guard Morris Almond (who had been sent down to the D league by the Jazz) tied an NBA Development League record with 51 points in a 118-116 victory over the Austin Toros later in that season Almond broke the record with an 53-point performance in the 102-87 blowout win against the Bakersfield Jam, Almond also led the league in scoring averaging 25.6 points a game.[2][5] In July 2008, Fredman was called back by the Jazz to work as a scout,[6] and coach Jones ended up pulling double duty as general manager as well.[7] On 2009, the Celtics changed affiliations to the new team Maine Red Claws, leading the Atlanta Hawks to join forces with the Flash.[8]

On December 8, 2009, the Flash hosted a sold out crowd that hoped Michael Jordan was going to appear to play in a charity exhibition at halftime against former Utah Jazz guard Bryon Russell. However, Jordan did not appear, and a Jordan lookalike was introduced in what turned out to be a hoax.[9] Brad Jones retired as head coach of the Utah Flash on September 7, 2010 and Kevin Young was named as his replacement. Young had been the assistant coach for the Flash for the past 2 years, as well as scout and director of basketball operations, and before joining the organization worked at the Utah Valley University team.[10]

The team suspended operations following the 2011 season, as Andersen was forced to sell his interest in the Flash. Despite high ticket sales, being second in NBADL attendance during the 2010-2011 season, drawing more than 100,000 fans and averaging 4,237 per game, the Flash had frequent financial struggles, as both the Jazz and the city's minor league baseball team Orem Owlz made it difficult to get sponsorship deals.[11]

2013–present: Arrival in the First State[edit]

On April 27, 2013, after two years of hiatus, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired the team, to be renamed the Delaware 87ers – inspired by the fact that Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1787 – which will play its games at the University of Delaware campus. Former Ripken Baseball Inc. assistant vice president of sales/marketing Aaron Moszer was named team president.[12][13]

In September 2013, Brandon Williams was named the team's first general manager.[14]

Season-By-Season[edit]

SeasonDivisionRegular SeasonPlayoffs
FinishWinsLossesPct.
Utah Flash
2007–08Western3rd2426.480
2008–09Western1st3218.640Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 94-81
Won Semifinals (Dakota) 103-93
Lost D-League Finals (Colorado) 2-0
2009–10Western4th2822.560Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
2010–11Western5th2822.560Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
Delaware 87ers
2013–14Eastern6th1238.240
Regular Season Record11288.5602007–2011
Playoff Record46.4002007–2011

Current roster[edit]

Delaware 87ers roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY–MM–DD)From
G12Akognon, Josh5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)185 lb (84 kg)1986–02–10Cal State Fullerton
F41Gallon, Tiny6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)206 lb (93 kg)1989–12–16Oklahoma
F24Lee, Michael6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)215 lb (98 kg)1986–06–05St. Bonaventure
F15Pelle, Norvel6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)207 lb (94 kg)1993–02–03Iona
F23Pittman, Elijah6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)219 lb (99 kg)1991–07–23Marshall
F18Saunders, Damian6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)214 lb (97 kg)1988–11–01Duquesne
F22Williams, Rodney6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)200 lb (91 kg)1991–07–23Minnesota
G14Young, B. J.6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)179 lb (81 kg)1993–06–26Arkansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Christina Kennedy

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–06–26

Affiliates[edit]

Flash
87ers

References[edit]

External links[edit]