Colorado 14ers

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Colorado 14ers
Colorado 14ers logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2006
Folded 2009 (relocated to Texas)
History Colorado 14ers
NBA D-League:2006–2009
Texas Legends (D-League): 2010–present
Arena Broomfield Event Center
Location Broomfield, Colorado
Team colors Navy, Red, Yellow, White, Blue
                        
Head coach Bob MacKinnon Jr.
Ownership Tim Wiens and John Frew
Affiliation(s) Denver Nuggets
Brooklyn Nets
Championships 1 (2008-09)
Division / Conference titles 1 (2008-09)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/colorado/
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The Colorado 14ers were a team in the NBA Development League which began to play in 2006-07. They were affiliated with the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors of the NBA. The 14ers played their home games at the Broomfield Event Center in the Denver suburb of Broomfield, Colorado. They were named for the many high 14,000-foot mountain peaks for which Colorado is famous. They won the NBA D-League championship in 2009 by sweeping the Utah Flash.

On June 18, 2009, the D-League announced that the 14ers would be relocating to Frisco, Texas to resume play in the 2010-11 season as the Texas Legends.[1]

Media[edit]

Colorado 14ers games were broadcast on radio at Mile High Sports Radio 1510 AM KCKK in Denver, and Mile High Sports Extra 1570 AM KSXT in Loveland.

Final roster[edit]

Final 2008-09 Roster

Head Coach: Robert MacKinnon
Assistant Coach: Robert Campbell
Assistant Coach: Casey Owens
Athletic Trainer: Mia Del Hierro

# Nat. Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
10 United States G 6'1 Eddie Gill 2007/08/09 Weber State
12 United States G 6'5 Billy Thomas 2007/08/09 Kansas
14 United States G 6'0 John Lucas 2009 Oklahoma State
17 United States G 6'0 Vernon Hamilton 2009 Clemson
18 United States G 6'6 Sonny Weems 2008/09 Arkansas
19 United States G 6'3 Dominique Coleman 2008 Colorado
21 United States C 6'10 Joe Dabbert 2008 Creighton
22 United States F/C 6'8 Josh Davis 2008 Wyoming
23 United States F 6'9 Trey Gilder 2008 Northwestern State
33 United States F 6'9 Jamar Brown 2008/09 Colorado State-Pueblo
34 United States G/F 6'4 Damien Lolar 2007/09 West Texas A&M
50 United States C 6'9 Kentrell Gransberry 2009 South Florida

Season by season[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Colorado 14ers
2006-07 28 22 .560 Won Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost D-League Finals
Colorado 130, Albuquerque 100
Colorado 94, Idaho 91 (OT)
Dakota 129, Colorado 121 (OT)
2007-08 29 21 .580 Lost Semifinals Los Angeles 102, Colorado 95
2008-09 34 16 .680 Won Round 1
Won Semifinals
Won D-League Finals
Colorado 129, Erie 108
Colorado 114, Austin 111
Colorado 2, Utah 0
Totals 91 59 .607

All-Stars[edit]

Players[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

Coaches[edit]

2007[edit]

Honors[edit]

  • Louis Amundson, 2006-07 D-League Rookie of the Year, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team
  • Elton Brown, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team
  • Joe Dabbert, 2008-09 All D-League Honorable Mention
  • Josh Davis, 2008-09 All D-League 2nd Team
  • Kaniel Dickens, 2007-08 All D-League 2nd Team
  • Eddie Gill, 2007-08 All D-League 1st Team, 2008-09 All D-League 3rd Team, 2008-09 D-League Impact Player of the Year
  • Pooh Jeter, 2006-07 All D-League Honorable Mention
  • Billy Thomas, 2007-08 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, 2007-08 All D-League 3rd Team
  • Von Wafer, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team

Franchise history[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 gain a new minor league basketball team for the place and the surrounding community, believing minor league teams could be a hit in the northwest Denver-Boulder region. They created the Colorado 14ers, to play alongside the Central Hockey League Rocky Mountain Rage. The team was originally scheduled to play in the Continental Basketball Association. However, agreement was soon reached for the team to play in the NBA Development League, and the 14ers were quickly slated to become the minor league affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors and New Jersey Nets. The new franchise, named for Colorado's famed 14,000-foot mountain peaks, was born.

2006-07 season[edit]

Onetime Denver Nugget Joe Wolf was hired to be the 14ers' first coach, and what would become one of the D-League's most formidable teams was assembled. Finding quick success in their inaugural season, the 14ers shattered Colorado minor league basketball records of many kinds from scoring to fan attendance. Team leaders included Von Wafer and Louis Amundson, who were each permanently called up to the NBA by the end of the season. Nevertheless, the talented and resilient team overcame losing stretches and roster reorganizations, and qualified for the playoffs in their first season. The 14ers made an impressive run through the playoffs, winning the Western Division championship before finally falling to the Dakota Wizards in the league championship.

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 (and eventually returned to become a powerful force on the team). Kevin Hill also picked in the draft, was the only Canadian selected in the 2007 draft. Despite consider roster turnover which included Brown's departure (but not before scoring his 50th career double-double with the 14ers) as well as an impressive five call-ups to the NBA (including the rare simultaneous call-ups of Kaniel Dickens and Billy Thomas on February 22, 2008 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 2007-08. The 14ers' six-game winning streak at the end of the season vaulted them into the playoffs as a wild card, but they lost in the first round to the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Despite this and a slippage in fan attendance it was overall a successful season under at times challenging circumstances.

2008-09 season[edit]

Colorado's third season, the most of any minor league basketball franchise in the state, was a triumph over adversity. The season began with ownership increasingly falling upon hard times, having a new coach, Robert MacKinnon, after Joe Wolf had ascended to the NBA, and an almost completely remade roster with returnees Eddie Gill, Billy Thomas, and Jamar Brown who previously played for the Colorado Crossover. Newcomers Dominique Coleman helped lead the team as a steals artist and Josh Davis was a major contributor as well. Another key was Sonny Weems, assigned from the Denver Nuggets three times to contribute during the regular season and playoffs. From the beginning the 14ers were a formidable force in the D-League, pulling into the league lead for wins and setting the D-League record for points in a game with a 147-119 win over Rio Grande Valley on March 10, then breaking that record with a 155-127 win over Albuquerque on April 8. Finishing with a franchise record 34 wins, the 14ers had home court advantage throughout the playoffs, soundly defeating the Erie Bayhawks, rallying to beat the Austin Toros, and sweeping the Utah Flash to gain the NBADL championship.

Relocation[edit]

Unfortunately, their title would become their epitaph, as on June 18, 2009, the D-League announced that the 14ers would be relocating to Frisco, Texas to resume play in the 2010-11 season as the Texas Legends.[1]

Affiliations[edit]

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Players assigned from NBA teams[edit]

Players recalled to the NBA[edit]

Players called up to the NBA[edit]

Coaches hired by the NBA[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.nba.com/dleague/frisco/ NBA Development League Team Comes To Frisco, Texas

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