Oklahoma City Blue

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Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Blue logo.svg
League NBA G League
Founded2001
HistoryAsheville Altitude
2001–2005
Tulsa 66ers
2005–2014
Oklahoma City Blue
2014–present
Arena Cox Convention Center
Capacity2,610
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Team colorsBlue, sunset, navy blue, yellow [1] [2]
                
General managerJesse Gould
Head coachMark Daigneault
Ownership Professional Basketball Club LLC
Affiliation(s) Oklahoma City Thunder
Championships2 (2003, 2004)
Conference titles2 (2004, 2017)
Division titles4 (2003, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Website oklahomacity.gleague.nba.com

The Oklahoma City Blue are an NBA G League team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the minor league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The franchise began as the Asheville Altitude in 2001, before moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2005 and becoming the Tulsa 66ers. After nine seasons in Tulsa, the franchise moved to Oklahoma City in 2014 and were subsequently renamed the Oklahoma City Blue.

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Franchise history

Asheville Altitude

The Asheville Altitude were a founding team of the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) in 2001. They played at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina, where they won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. [3]

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Tulsa 66ers

Southwest Basketball, LLC, headed by former Indiana Pacers general manager David Kahn, was awarded four National Basketball Development League franchises in March 2005. One of the Southwest Basketball franchises was for Tulsa. The Tulsa team agreed to play for three years at the Expo Square Pavilion. [4] Instead of the announced new franchise, the company purchased the Asheville Altitude in May 2005 and moved them to Tulsa. [3] [5] Southwest had a name-the-team contest, which had 1,200 entries, with the winning name, the 66ers, announced on July 29, 2005. [4] The 66ers name comes from U.S. Route 66, which runs through state of Oklahoma and Tulsa and is a mile south of Expo Square Pavilion. [5] On August 2, 2005, the team named Joey Meyer as the team's first head coach. [4] For their inaugural season and under a new affiliation system, the 66ers were directly affiliated with four NBA teams: the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Hornets. [6]

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For its second season, 2006–07, the team's assigned NBA affiliated teams the Bulls and the Pacers were dropped while the New York Knicks were added. [7] Local businessman Jono Helmerich's group purchased a 20% stake in the franchise from Southwest Basketball, while Helmerich was named team president on February 5, 2007. [4] For the 2007–08 season, the Dallas Mavericks joined as the 66ers NBA affiliates while the Hornets were dropped. [8]

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The 66ers indicated on February 12, 2008, that for the 2008–09 season that the team would start playing at the new SpiritBank Event Center in the suburb of Bixby. [4] Seattle SuperSonics and the Bucks were assigned on June 12, 2008, as NBA affiliates for the 2008–09 season. [9] On July 31, 2008, the 66ers announced that Professional Basketball Club LLC, owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder, had purchased the 66ers, marking the third D-League team to be owned by an NBA team (the first two were the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Austin Toros, owned by the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively). [10]

The SpiritBank Event Center is a 4,500 seat multi-purpose arena and convention center in Bixby, Oklahoma built at a cost of $50 million. The center contains 35,000 sq ft (3,300 m2). of arena floor space and 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). of banquet rooms/ballrooms.

Bixby, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Bixby is a city in Tulsa and Wagoner counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma, and is a suburb of Tulsa. The population was 13,336 at the 2000 census and 20,884 in the 2010 census, an increase of 56.6 percent In 2010, Bixby became the 19th largest city in Oklahoma. It is nicknamed "The Garden Spot of Oklahoma" for its rich agrarian heritage. Though one of the fastest growing communities in Oklahoma, it remains a sod-growing center and a popular location for purchasing fresh vegetables. The per capita income of $36,257 is the highest in the Tulsa Metropolitan area and is more than 50 percent higher than the state average. In 2009, CNN Money.com placed Bixby No. 67 on its list of 100 Best Places to Live.

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The one-season relationship with the arena ended with a lawsuit regarding more than $100,000 the team claimed it was owed. The 66ers filed a lawsuit seeking more than $200,000 in compensatory damages from SpiritBank Center's ownership group. The team subsequently moved to the Tulsa Convention Center in downtown Tulsa for the 2009–10 season. [11]

In April 2010, the Tulsa 66ers reached the playoffs for the first time. The team won two postseason series to reach the D-League finals. Facing the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the team lose the final by zero games to two games. [4]

For the 2010–11 season, the 66ers coached by Nate Tibbetts set a team record of 33–17 while also having a 14-game winning streak. In the playoff, the team reaches the semifinals facing Iowa losing the series 0–2. [4]

In May 2012, the 66ers announced that they would return to the SpiritBank Event Center for the 2012–13 season. [12] Before September 2013 when the OKC Thunder add the station to its Thunder Radio Network, KAKC 1300 AM was already the 66ers' radio broadcasting partner. [13] Making the playoffs again, Tulsa won a first round series against Canton but was swept again in the semi-final this time by Rio Grande Valley. [4]

However, in June 2014, SpiritBank announced that it would no longer seek bookings or lease the arena space. [14] The 66ers played its last game at Sioux Falls for a 107-105 loss on April 5, 2014. The team finished 24-26 just short of making the playoffs. [4]

Oklahoma City Blue

After getting offers from four venues, Professional Basketball Club felt none were suitable and announced the 66ers would move to Oklahoma City starting with the 2014–15 season. [15] With the move, the team was rebranded from the 66ers to the Blue. [16] [17] In the 2016–17 season, the team was the regular season Western Conference champion with 34 wins, a franchise record. [18]

Season-by-season

SeasonDivisionRegular seasonPlayoffs
FinishWinsLossesPct.
Asheville Altitude
2001–026th2630.464
2002–037th2228.440
2003–041st2818.609Won Semifinals (Fayetteville) 116–111
Won NBDL Finals (Huntsville) 108–106
2004–052nd2721.563Won Semifinals (Huntsville) 90–86
Won NBDL Finals (Columbus) 90–67
Tulsa 66ers
2005–067th2424.500
2006–07Eastern4th2129.420
2007–08Southwestern3rd2624.520
2008–09Southwestern5th1535.300
2009–10Western5th2723.540Won First Round (Sioux Falls) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Iowa) 2–1
Lost D-League Finals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2010–11Western3rd3317.660Won First Round (Texas) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Iowa) 0–2
2011–12Western6th2327.460
2012–13Central3rd2723.540Won First Round (Canton) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2013–14Central5th2426.480
Oklahoma City Blue
2014–15Southwest2nd2822.560Lost First Round (Santa Cruz) 0–2
2015–16Southwest4th1931.380
2016–17Southwest1st3416.680Won First Round (Santa Cruz) 2–1
Lost Conf. Finals (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2 [18]
2017–18 Midwest1st2822.560Lost First Round (South Bay) 105–125
2018–19 Midwest1st3416.680Won First Round (Salt Lake City) 118–113
Lost Conf. Semifinal (Santa Cruz) 102–117
Regular season467431.5202001–2019
Playoffs1413.5192001–2019

Current roster

Oklahoma City Blue roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 20 Alford, Bryce 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)1995–01–18 UCLA
G 8 Evans, Jawun  (TW)6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)190 lb (86 kg)1996–07–26 Oklahoma State
G 3 Gaddy, Abdul 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)185 lb (84 kg)1992–01–26 Washington
F 15 Grantham, Donte  (TW)6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)205 lb (93 kg)1995–03–19 Clemson
G 4 Hall, Devon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)206 lb (93 kg)1995–07–07 Virginia
F 5 Hervey, Kevin 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)230 lb (104 kg)1996–07–09 Texas–Arlington
G 32 Hopson, Scotty 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)204 lb (93 kg)1989–08–08 Tennessee
F 11 Leon, Justin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)206 lb (93 kg)1995–07–29 Florida
G 14 McDaniels, K. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)205 lb (93 kg)1993–02–09 Clemson
C 1 Solomon, Richard 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)235 lb (107 kg)1992–06–08 California
G 33 Wright, Chris 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)226 lb (103 kg)1988–09–30 Dayton
Head coach
  • Mark Daigneault
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
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–02–17

Head coaches

#Head coachTermRegular seasonPlayoffsAchievements
GWL Win% GWL Win%
1 Joey Meyer 2005–081487177.480
2 Paul Woolpert 2008–09501535.300
3 Nate Tibbetts 2009–111006040.6001367.462
4 Dale Osbourne 2011–12502327.460
5 Darko Rajaković 2012–141005149.510523.400
6 Mark Daigneault 2014–present250143107.5721147.364

NBA affiliates

Oklahoma City Blue

Tulsa 66ers

Asheville Altitude

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