Austin Toros

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Austin Toros
Austin Toros logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2001
History Columbus Riverdragons
2001–2005
Austin Toros
2005–present
Arena Cedar Park Center
Location Austin, Texas
Team colors Black, Silver, White
(2007–present)
              
Slate, Maroon, Gold, White
(2005–2007)
                   
Orange, Navy, Silver, White
(Columbus Riverdragons – 2001–2005)
                   
Head coach Ken McDonald
Ownership San Antonio Spurs
Affiliation(s) San Antonio Spurs
Championships 1 (2011–12)
Division / Conference titles 3 (2004–05, 2007–08, 2011–12)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/austin/

The Austin Toros are an American basketball team of the NBA Development League based in Austin, Texas.

The team plays their home games at Cedar Park Center. They have been very successful, making the postseason 7 out of their 12 seasons in the NBA Development League.

Their logo is the design of a bull and basketball with the state of Texas in the background. After the San Antonio Spurs purchased the franchise, the team colors and logo were changed to reflect the silver and black motif used by the Spurs.

Franchise history[edit]

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The Columbus Riverdragons franchise from Columbus, Georgia was awarded to the city of Austin, Texas in mid-2005 and the new name was unveiled on August 10, 2005. The Toros began play during the 2005–06 season. Their official colors were originally red, blue, and gold. The Toros name is currently the only NBA-associated team and first D-League team to possess a nickname of Spanish origin. Along with the Asheville Altitude and the Huntsville Flight sold to Southwest Basketball, LLC, the Columbus Riverdragons moved to Austin in 2005.

On February 22, 2007, head coach Dennis Johnson died of an apparent heart attack after a workout with his players.[1] After an interim coach guided the team for the rest of that season, Quin Snyder was named as the team's head coach for 2007–08.[2]

Previous Logo of the Austin Toros (2005–2007)

On June 28, 2007, the Toros were acquired by the four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, becoming the second D-League team ever to be owned by an NBA team, after the Los Angeles D-Fenders were purchased by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.[3]

On August 9, 2010, the Toros announced they would move to the Cedar Park Center from the Austin Convention Center and would play in their new facility starting in the 2010–11 season.

On April 28, 2012, the Toros defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders in Game 3 of the NBA D-League Finals to capture their first championship in franchise history.[4]

Season-by-season[edit]

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Columbus Riverdragons
2001–02 3rd 31 25 .554 Lost Semifinals (Greenville) 2-1
2002–03 6th 23 27 .460
2003–04 6th 18 28 .391
2004–05 1st 30 18 .625 Won Semifinals (Roanoke) 96-89
Lost D-League Finals (Asheville) 90-67
Austin Toros
2005–06 6th 24 24 .500
2006–07 Eastern 5th 21 29 .420
Austin Toros
2007–08 Southwestern 1st 30 20 .600 Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 99-93
Lost D-League Finals (Idaho) 2-1
2008–09 Southwestern 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Idaho) 119-116 (OT)
Lost Semifinals (Colorado) 114-111
2009–10 Western 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Dakota) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 2-1
2010–11 Western 8th 22 28 .440
2011–12 Western 2nd 33 17 .660 Won Round 1 (Erie) 2-1
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2-1
Won NBA D-League Finals (Los Angeles) 2-1
2012–13 Central 2nd 35 15 .700 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2-0
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 2-0
2013–14 Central 6th 19 31 .380
Regular season 350 298 .540
Playoffs 16 14 .533

Current roster[edit]

Austin Toros roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 19 Cowan, Jazwyn 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1983–11–11 Hampton
G 11 Gantt, Greg 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991–11–12 Florida Atlantic
G 10 Johnson, Carldell 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1983–01–28 Alabama–Birmingham
G 9 Kabongo, Myck 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–01–12 Texas
G 22 Murray, Ronald 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1979–07–29 Shaw
G 17 Simmons, Jonathan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–09–14 Houston
F 23 Smith, Steven 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1983–04–12 La Salle
F/C 44 Strong, Ben 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1986–09–10 Guilford
G/F 14 Woodbury, Terrance 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 223 lb (101 kg) 1987–06–16 Georgia
F/C 21 Zeller, Luke 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1987–04–07 Notre Dame
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Keith Abrams

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–04–10

Former Players[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

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