2010–11 NBA Development League season

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2010–11 NBA Development League season
League NBA Development League
Sport Basketball
Duration November 18, 2010 – April 29, 2011
Total attendance 1,125,583
TV partner(s) Versus, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Nick Fazekas
Picked by Reno Bighorns
Regular season
Top seed Iowa Energy
Season MVP Curtis Stinson (Iowa Energy)
Top scorer Trey Johnson (Bakersfield Jam)
Playoffs
Finals
Champions Iowa Energy
  Runners-up Rio Grande Valley Vipers
NBA Development League seasons

The 2010–11 NBA Development League season is the tenth season of the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The league was formed in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). The league adopted its current name in 2005 to reflect its close affiliation with the NBA. One expansion franchise, the Texas Legends, joined the 15 returning teams from the previous season.

The season started with the 2010 NBA Development League Draft, which was held on November 1, 2010. Former NBA second-round draft pick Nick Fazekas was selected first overall by the Reno Bighorns. The regular season began on November 18, 2010, and ended on April 4, 2011. The Iowa Energy had the best regular season record with 37 wins and 13 losses. They also won the Eastern Conference, while the Reno Bighorns won the Western Conference with the second-best regular season record with 34 wins and 16 losses. The regular season set a new record on total attendance of 1,125,583, a 7.9% increase from the previous season.[1]

The playoffs started on April 6, 2011. The first seed, the Iowa Energy, defeated the Utah Flash and the Tulsa 66ers in the first and second round consecutively. The defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who was seeded third, defeated the Bakersfield Jam and the Reno Bighorns in the first and second round respectively. The Energy and the Vipers face each other in the 2011 NBA D-League Finals that was started on April 24, 2011. The Energy won the first game 123–106, while the Vipers won the second game 141–122 to even the series. On April 29, 2011, the Energy won the decisive Game Three to win their first ever championship.

Teams and coaches[edit]

Team City Arena Head coach NBA affiliate(s)
Eastern Conference
Dakota Wizards Bismarck, North Dakota Bismarck Civic Center Rory White Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards
Erie BayHawks Erie, Pennsylvania Tullio Arena Jay Larranaga Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors
Fort Wayne Mad Ants Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Joey Meyer Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks
Iowa Energy Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena Nick Nurse Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns
Maine Red Claws Portland, Maine Portland Expo Building Austin Ainge Boston Celtics, Charlotte Bobcats
Sioux Falls Skyforce Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Arena Tony Fritz (until January 14, 2011)
Morris McHone (from January 20, 2011)[a]
Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves
Springfield Armor Springfield, Massachusetts MassMutual Center Dee Brown New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers
Western Conference
Austin Toros Cedar Park, Texas Cedar Park Center Brad Jones San Antonio Spurs
Bakersfield Jam Bakersfield, California Jam Events Center Will Voigt Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers
Idaho Stampede Boise, Idaho Qwest Arena Randy Livingston Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers
New Mexico Thunderbirds Rio Rancho, New Mexico Santa Ana Star Center Darvin Ham New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic
Reno Bighorns Reno, Nevada Reno Events Center Eric Musselman Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings
Rio Grande Valley Vipers Hidalgo, Texas State Farm Arena Chris Finch Houston Rockets
Texas Legends Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Arena Nancy Lieberman Dallas Mavericks
Tulsa 66ers Tulsa, Oklahoma Tulsa Convention Center Nate Tibbetts Oklahoma City Thunder
Utah Flash Orem, Utah McKay Events Center Kevin Young Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz

Team changes[edit]

Affiliation changes[edit]

On July 6, 2010, the league announced the affiliation system for the season. The Austin Toros and the Tulsa 66ers, which is owned by the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder respectively, continued their single-affiliation partnerships with their parent teams. The Houston Rockets also continued their single-affiliation partnership with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Texas Legends, who is owned by Dallas Mavericks' General Manager Donnie Nelson, also began a single-affiliation partnership with the Mavericks. The other 12 teams were affiliated with at least two NBA teams each. Due to several team changes above and other circumstances, some affiliation changes occurred.[6]

Coaching changes[edit]

Offseason[edit]

  • On September 28, 2010, the Austin Toros hired former Utah Flash head coach Brad Jones as the team's head coach,[15] replacing Quin Snyder who was hired as the assistant coach for the Philadelphia 76ers on July 1, 2010.[18]

In-season[edit]

Players[edit]

An NBA D-League team roster consists of draftees, returning, allocation and tryout players. In addition, NBA teams can assign players who are on their first or second NBA season to their D-League affiliates. The roster must consist of 10 D-League players, but the maximum roster size is 12 players, including NBA assignees. If a team had more than two NBA assignees, the team must reduce its roster to avoid having more than 12 players. In the D-League, all players sign a one-year NBA D-League Standard Player Contract with the league, not with the specific D-League teams.[21]

Returning players are players who played in the league during the previous season and are retained by their respective teams. The D-League teams are allowed to invite a limited number of returning players. Players who signed a D-League contract but are not retained by their previous teams are placed on the draft pool, along with new players who also sign with the league.[22] Tryout players are the players who are invited to join the D-League team from the open tryouts which are held by each teams in October, before the season began.[21]

Beginning this season, the league implements a new allocation players rule. In the past, the teams are awarded allocation players, who are usually players with significant local or player appeal to that market.[21] The allocation rule was replaced to accommodate the new allocation rule which involves the NBA affiliates of the D-League teams. In the new rule, up to three players cut last from the NBA teams roster prior to the draft, will be allocated to their D-League affiliates, if they sign the standard D-League contract. The new rule increased the bond between the NBA teams and their D-League affiliates, while sacrificing the marketing effect from local allocation players.[23]

Returning, allocation and tryout players[edit]

Former Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings player Rashad McCants was allocated to the Texas Legends.

On October 30, 2011, the league announces the returning, allocation and tryout players for the 16 teams. Several players with NBA experience who returned to their previous teams are JamesOn Curry, Reece Gaines, Orien Greene, Steven Hill, Chris Hunter, Cedric Jackson, Othyus Jeffers, Dontell Jefferson, Trey Johnson, Renaldo Major, Chris McCray, Courtney Sims and Mario West. D-League All-Stars Walker Russell, Jr., Mustafa Shakur and Curtis Stinson were also named on the returning players list.[24] The expansion franchise Texas Legends earlier participated in an expansion draft to acquire the rights to returning players of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, who would not take part in the 2010–11 season. The Legends selected 10 out of the 14 available players and two of them were later named in the returning players list for the Legends.[25]

The list of allocation players from the NBA teams includes several notable players such as former NBA players Thomas Gardner, Stephane Lasme, Rashad McCants, Sean Williams and Kyle Weaver.[24] McCants and Williams, who were NBA first-round draft picks, were intentionally signed by the Dallas Mavericks towards the end of the training camp period and were waived on the day after, solely for the purpose of allocating them to the Texas Legends.[26][27] Similar situation occurred with NBA second-round draft pick Tiny Gallon, who was waived by the Boston Celtics only two days after he was signed.[28][29] Gallon was then allocated to the Maine Red Claws.[24] The returning and allocation players were joined by the tryout players and the draftees for the training camp, where the players would compete for a place on the teams' 12-man roster.

Draft[edit]

The tenth annual NBA Development League Draft was held on November 1, 2010. In this draft, all 16 teams took turns selecting eligible players for their roster. Former NBA second-round draft pick, Nick Fazekas, was selected first overall by the Reno Bighorns. Former Charlotte Bobcats player, Alan Anderson was selected second by the New Mexico Thunderbirds. Magnum Rolle, the 51st pick in the 2010 NBA Draft was selected third by the Maine Red Claws. Other notable first-round picks are former NBA second-round draft picks Robert Vaden, Cheikh Samb and Salim Stoudamire.[30] In the second round, two former NBA draft picks, Walter Sharpe and Antonio Daniels, were selected. Daniels, who has played 12 seasons in the NBA since he was drafted fourth in the 1997 NBA Draft, was selected by the Texas Legends with the 29th pick.[31][32] A total of 128 players were selected in the eight-round draft.

Assignments[edit]

Jonny Flynn was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce to continue his rehab from hip injury.

During the 2010–11 season, an all-time high 39 NBA players were assigned to the D-League.[33] Out of the 39 players assigned, 18 are NBA first-round draft picks, 14 are NBA second-round draft picks, and 7 are undrafted players.[34][35] Hasheem Thabeet, the second overall pick in 2009, was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers for seven games in March and April.[36] He is the highest drafted NBA player to ever play in the D-League.[37] The sixth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Jonny Flynn, was assigned twice and played two games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[38] He was assigned to the D-League for the purpose of rehabbing from a hip injury which required a surgery during the off-season.[39] Four other former lottery picks, Terrence Williams, Cole Aldrich, Ed Davis and Patrick Patterson, were also assigned to the D-League.[1] Aldrich, Davis and Patterson are among the ten first-round draft picks from the 2010 NBA Draft who were assigned this season.[33][35] Out of the 27 players selected in the 2010 NBA Draft who played in the D-League this season, 22 of them were NBA assignees.[1][33][35]

2009 NBA first-round picks, Rodrigue Beaubois and Terrence Williams, both earned the distinction of being assigned to the D-League for unusual and unprecedented reasons. On November 30, 2010, Beaubois was assigned by the Dallas Mavericks to the Texas Legends even though he was still inactive due to an injury suffered in the off-season and was not expected to return until January.[40] He was recalled in January without playing any game for the Legends as he was still injured during his whole stint with the Legends. At the time of his assignment, the Legends had an unprecedented seven former NBA first-round draft picks on their roster. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stated that Beaubois was assigned for "marketing support" as the Legends is owned by Donnie Nelson who is also the Mavericks' general manager.[41] On the other hand, Williams was assigned to the Springfield Armor after he was suspended by the New Jersey Nets due to repeated violations of the team's policy.[42] Even though the Nets insists that the assignment is not a demotion, the move initiated an argument that Williams was punished by being demoted to the D-League.[43][44][45][46] He was recalled after playing three games with the Armor, where he averaged a triple-double.[47]

Call-ups[edit]

NBA veteran Antonio Daniels played for the Texas Legends before he was called up to the Philadelphia 76ers.

A call-up occurs when a player is signed by an NBA team. An NBA team is allowed to sign any D-League player as long as they are eligible to play in the NBA under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). However, an NBA team could not call-up a player whose draft rights are still held by other NBA teams. This rule applies for three Tulsa 66ers players, Ryan Reid, Robert Vaden and Latavious Williams, whose draft rights are still held by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA affiliate of the 66ers. A D-League player is usually signed to a 10-day contracts, a short term contract which lasted ten days and are available to be used starting January 5. A player can only sign two 10-day contracts with the same team in one season. If the team want to retain the player after the second 10-day contract expired, the team has to sign the player for the remainder of the season.[48]

During the season, there were 27 call-ups involving 20 different players.[49] Seven players earned multiple call-ups to more than one NBA team before they finally earned contracts for the remainder of the season. Only three players failed to earn contracts for the remainder of the season. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Tulsa 66ers each had three players called-up. The San Antonio Spurs called-up the most player with four, but only two of them earned contracts for the remainder of the season. The Washington Wizards called-up three players and each of them earned a contract for the remainder of the season.

Out of the 20 players assigned, 10 of them have played in the NBA before they were called-up. NBA veteran Antonio Daniels, who returned to professional basketball after one year absence, played for the Texas Legends until he was called up to the Philadelphia 76ers in April.[50] Jeff Adrien, who began the season with the Golden State Warriors before he was waived in December, was called up by the Warriors in February.[51] Steve Novak and Mario West, who have played four and three seasons in the NBA respectively, also received call-ups and were signed for the remainder of the season.[52][53] Other players with NBA experience who were called-up are Othyus Jeffers, Trey Johnson, Danny Green, Orien Greene, Garrett Temple and Kyle Weaver. Six players, Marcus Cousin, Zabian Dowdell, Patrick Ewing, Jr., Chris Johnson, Larry Owens and Mustafa Shakur, made their first NBA appearance during the call-ups.

Player Team NBA team Date(s) called-up and contract(s) signed
Dowdell, ZabianZabian Dowdell Tulsa 66ers Phoenix Suns January 9: Signed a 10-day contract
January 27: Signed a second 10-day contract
February 7: Signed for the remainder of the season
Owens, LarryLarry Owens Tulsa 66ers San Antonio Spurs January 16: Signed a 10-day contract
January 26: Signed a second 10-day contract
Shakur, MustafaMustafa Shakur Rio Grande Valley Vipers Washington Wizards January 22: Signed a 10-day contract
February 12: Signed a second 10-day contract
February 28: Signed for the remainder of the season
Johnson, ChrisChris Johnson Dakota Wizards Portland Trail Blazers January 24: Signed a 10-day contract
Temple, GarrettGarrett Temple Erie BayHawks Milwaukee Bucks January 25: Signed a 10-day contract
February 5: Signed a second 10-day contract
Johnson, TreyTrey Johnson Bakersfield Jam Toronto Raptors January 26: Signed a 10-day contract
February 7: Signed a second 10-day contract
Greene, OrienOrien Greene Utah Flash New Jersey Nets February 1: Signed a 10-day contract
Novak, SteveSteve Novak Reno Bighorns San Antonio Spurs February 8: Signed a 10-day contract
February 22: Signed a second 10-day contract
March 4: Signed for the remainder of the season
Johnson, ChrisChris Johnson (2) Dakota Wizards Boston Celtics February 24: Signed a 10-day contract
Adrien, JeffJeff Adrien Rio Grande Valley Vipers Golden State Warriors February 25: Signed for the remainder of the season
Jeffers, OthyusOthyus Jeffers Iowa Energy San Antonio Spurs March 4: Signed a 10-day contract
Temple, GarrettGarrett Temple (2) Erie BayHawks Charlotte Bobcats March 7: Signed a 10-day contract
March 17: Signed a second 10-day contract
March 28: Signed for the remainder of the season
Cousin, MarcusMarcus Cousin Austin Toros Utah Jazz March 9: Signed a 10-day contract
McNeal, JerelJerel McNeal Rio Grande Valley Vipers New Orleans Hornets March 9: Signed a 10-day contract
Johnson, ChrisChris Johnson (3) Dakota Wizards Portland Trail Blazers March 14: Signed for the remainder of the season
Green, DannyDanny Green Reno Bighorns San Antonio Spurs March 16: Signed for the remainder of the season
Jeffers, OthyusOthyus Jeffers (2) Iowa Energy Washington Wizards March 17: Signed a 10-day contract
March 27: Signed a second 10-day contract
April 6: Signed for the remainder of the season
Ewing, Jr., PatrickPatrick Ewing, Jr. Sioux Falls Skyforce New Orleans Hornets March 26: Signed a 10-day contract
April 5: Signed for the remainder of the season
Weaver, KyleKyle Weaver Austin Toros Utah Jazz March 30: Signed a 10-day contract
West, MarioMario West Maine Red Claws New Jersey Nets March 31: Signed a 10-day contract
April 10: Signed for the remainder of the season
Daniels, AntonioAntonio Daniels Texas Legends Philadelphia 76ers April 5: Signed for the remainder of the season
Owens, LarryLarry Owens (2) Tulsa 66ers Washington Wizards April 6: Signed for the remainder of the season
Vaden, RobertRobert Vaden Tulsa 66ers Oklahoma City Thunder* April 9: Signed for the remainder of the season
Cousin, MarcusMarcus Cousin (2) Austin Toros Houston Rockets April 11: Signed for the remainder of the season
Rolle, MagnumMagnum Rolle Maine Red Claws Atlanta Hawks April 11: Signed for the remainder of the season
Blakely, MarqusMarqus Blakely Iowa Energy Houston Rockets April 13: Signed for the remainder of the season
Johnson, TreyTrey Johnson (2) Bakersfield Jam Los Angeles Lakers* April 13: Signed for the remainder of the season

Note

  • Number in parentheses indicates the number of call-ups a player has received during the season.
  • Asterisk (*) indicates team affiliation

Regular season[edit]

Showcase[edit]

The seventh annual NBA D-League Showcase was held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre in South Padre Island, Texas from January 10 until January 13, 2011. The event featured every D-League teams who played two games each over a four-day schedule. The games were attended by the professional scouts from all NBA teams. The event was designed to allow the NBA teams to evaluate the D-League's prospects for future call-ups.[54] After the Showcase, four D-League players, Jeff Adrien, Joe Alexander, Othyus Jeffers and Marcus Landry, along with one NBA player assigned to the D-League, Jeremy Lin, were named to the All-NBA D-League Showcase First Team by a panel of D-League head coaches, NBA scouts and media.[55]

In addition to the 16 games, the league also hosted the inaugural NBA D-League Showcase Three-Point Contest and NBA D-League Showcase Slam Dunk Contest. The Three-Point Contest was won by Texas Legends guard Booker Woodfox, while the Slam Dunk Contest was won by Springfield Armor guard L. D. Williams.[56]

Standings[edit]

Notes

  • x indicates a team that has qualified for the playoffs
  • Number in parentheses indicates the team's seeding for the playoffs.

Statistics leaders[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Trey Johnson Bakersfield Jam 25.5
Rebounds per game Jeff Adrien Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Erie BayHawks
11.4
Assists per game Curtis Stinson Iowa Energy 9.8
Steals per game Chris Lofton Iowa Energy 2.1
Blocks per game Sean Williams Texas Legends 2.9
Field goal percentage Latavious Williams Tulsa 66ers .639
Three-point field goal percentage Moses Ehambe Iowa Energy
Austin Toros
.495
Free throw percentage Blake Ahearn Erie BayHawks .962
Double-doubles Curtis Stinson Iowa Energy 28
Triple-doubles Curtis Stinson Iowa Energy 5

All-Star Weekend[edit]

All-Star Game[edit]

The fifth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game was held during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, California. The game was played in the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 19. The Eastern Conference All-Stars defeated the Western Conference All-Stars 115–108, led by Iowa Energy center Courtney Sims. Sims scored a game-high 25 points and was named as the MVP of the game. This is the second All-Star MVP honors for Sims after being named as the co-MVP in the 2009 All-Star Game.[57]

February 19
5:00 p.m. ET
Eastern Conference All-Stars 115, Western Conference All-Stars 108
Scoring by half: 58–54, 57–54
Pts: Courtney Sims 25
Rebs: Ivan Johnson 10
Asts: Walker Russell, Jr. 10
Pts: Sean Williams 21
Rebs: Sean Williams 8
Asts: Orien Greene 8
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California
Referees:
  • #32 Tre Maddox
  • #31 Karl Lane
  • #17 Scott Twardoski

Dream Factory Friday Night[edit]

The fourth annual NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night was held on February 18 during the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend. The events included a slam dunk contest, a three-point shooting contest and a shooting stars competition, all of which are also annual competitions in the NBA All-Star Saturday Night. In the Slam Dunk Contest, the reigning champion Dar Tucker of the New Mexico Thunderbirds retained his title as the D-League Slam Dunk Champion after defeating Dakota Wizards center Chris Johnson in the final round with a score of 96–93. Texas Legends guard Booker Woodfox, who also won the Three-Point Contest during the D-League Showcase in January, won the Three-Point Shooting Contest. The Shooting Stars Competition was won by the team of Shane Edwards (New Mexico Thunderbirds), Orien Greene (Utah Flash) and Jeremy Wise (Bakersfield Jam).[58]

Playoffs[edit]

The Eastern and Western Conference winners, along with the next six teams with the best regular season records regardless of conference, qualified for the playoffs. The playoffs consist of three rounds with best-of-three format. Teams with the better regular season record holds home-court advantage in every rounds. The teams were seeded from 1 to 8 based on their regular season records. The top three seeds had to choose their opponents in the first round from among the four lowest seeded teams. The fourth seeded team would be paired with the remaining team that is not chosen as an opponent by the top three seeds. The first seed, Iowa Energy, selected the seventh seed, Utah Flash; the second seed, Reno Bighorns, selected the fifth seed Erie BayHawks; and the third seed, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, selected the sixth seed Bakersfield Jam. The two remaining teams, the fourth seed Tulsa 66ers and the eighth seed Texas Legends, faced each other in the last matchup.

First round Second round Finals
                 
1 Iowa* 2
7 Utah 1
1 Iowa* 2
4 Tulsa 0
4 Tulsa 2
8 Texas 0
1 Iowa* 2
3 Rio Grande Valley 1
2 Reno* 2
5 Erie 1
2 Reno* 0
3 Rio Grande Valley 2
3 Rio Grande Valley 2
6 Bakersfield 1

Notes

  • The numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's seeding.
  • The numbers to the right indicate the number of games the team won in that round.
  • The conference champions are marked by an asterisk (*).
  • Teams in bold advanced to the next round.
  • Teams in italics have home-court advantage in that round.

First round[edit]

(1) Iowa Energy vs. (7) Utah Flash[edit]

April 6
Iowa Energy 103, Utah Flash 96
Scoring by quarter: 34–22, 23–23, 15–28, 31–23
April 11
Utah Flash 119, Iowa Energy 118
Scoring by quarter: 30–24, 25–35, 25–22, 39–37
April 12
Utah Flash 107, Iowa Energy 112
Scoring by quarter: 25–21, 34–32, 26–33, 22–26
Iowa wins series, 2–1

(2) Reno Bighorns vs. (5) Erie BayHawks[edit]

April 10
Reno Bighorns 106, Erie BayHawks 101
Scoring by quarter: 30–26, 20–29, 21–26, 35–20
April 12
Erie BayHawks 114, Reno Bighorns 111
Scoring by quarter: 22–30, 36–24, 29–33, 27–24
April 14
Erie BayHawks 87, Reno Bighorns 99
Scoring by quarter: 23–21, 20–26, 25–24, 19–28
Reno wins series, 2–1

(3) Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. (6) Bakersfield Jam[edit]

April 8
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 105, Bakersfield Jam 110
Scoring by quarter: 29–23, 37–31, 21–25, 18–31
April 12
Bakersfield Jam 92, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 104
Scoring by quarter: 21–23, 24–27, 27–27, 20–27
April 13
Bakersfield Jam 99, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 112
Scoring by quarter: 27–25, 26–34, 22–28, 24–25
Rio Grande Valley wins series, 2–1

(4) Tulsa 66ers vs. (8) Texas Legends[edit]

April 6
Tulsa 66ers 94, Texas Legends 83
Scoring by quarter: 22–23, 26–25, 18–21, 28–14
April 8
Texas Legends 89, Tulsa 66ers 104
Scoring by quarter: 19–32, 24–17, 15–27, 31–28
Tulsa wins series, 2–0

Second round[edit]

(1) Iowa Energy vs. (4) Tulsa 66ers[edit]

April 15
Iowa Energy 103, Tulsa 66ers 96
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 20–27, 33–25, 24–27
April 18
Tulsa 66ers 94, Iowa Energy 107
Scoring by quarter: 19–30, 32–22, 18–33, 25–22
Iowa wins series, 2–0

(2) Reno Bighorns vs. (3) Rio Grande Valley Vipers[edit]

April 17
Reno Bighorns 96, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 98 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 20–26, 22–24, 27–29, 23–13, OT: 4–6
April 20
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 134, Reno Bighorns 126 (OT)
Scoring by quarter: 25–27, 30–32, 32–34, 34–28, OT: 13–5
Rio Grande Valley wins series, 2–0

Finals[edit]

(1) Iowa Energy vs. (3) Rio Grande Valley Vipers[edit]

April 24
8:00 p.m. ET
Iowa Energy 123, Rio Grande Valley Vipers 106
Scoring by quarter: 28–37, 31–26, 29–9, 35–34
Pts: Curtis Stinson 29
Rebs: Curtis Stinson 10
Asts: Hannah, Stinson 10 each
Pts: Mouhammad Faye 22
Rebs: Mouhammad Faye 9
Asts: Terrel Harris 6
State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Attendance: 4,096
Referees:
  • #40 J. T. Orr
  • #32 Tre Maddox
  • #43 Kevin Scott
April 27
8:00 p.m. ET
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 141, Iowa Energy 122
Scoring by quarter: 27–29, 38–34, 41–24, 35–35
Pts: Jerel McNeal 37
Rebs: Mouhammad Faye 12
Asts: Jerel McNeal 8
Pts: Moses Ehambe 33
Rebs: Curtis Stinson 10
Asts: Curtis Stinson 12
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Attendance: 14,036
Referees:
  • #17 Scott Twardoski
  • #31 Karl Lane
  • #12 Scott Bolnick
April 29
8:00 p.m. ET
Rio Grande Valley Vipers 111, Iowa Energy 119
Scoring by quarter: 39–34, 22–28, 27–19, 23–38
Pts: Jerel McNeal 29
Rebs: Jerel McNeal 11
Asts: Jerel McNeal 6
Pts: Stefhon Hannah 31
Rebs: Stanley Robinson 11
Asts: Curtis Stinson 4
Iowa wins series, 2–1
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa
Attendance: 9,054
Referees:
  • #31 Karl Lane
  • #32 Tre Maddox
  • #40 J. T. Orr

Awards and honors[edit]

Jeff Adrien won the Impact Player of the Year Award despite only playing 22 games.

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