Fort Worth Flyers
|Fort Worth Flyers|
|League||NBA Development League|
|History||Fort Worth Flyers
|Arena||Fort Worth Convention Center|
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Head coach||Sidney Moncrief|
Southwest Basketball, LLC
|Affiliation(s)||Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers|
|Division / Conference titles||1 (2005-06)|
The Fort Worth Flyers is the name of a now defunct team of the NBA Development League minor league basketball expansion team based in Fort Worth, Texas. They began play in the 2005-06 season. The decision was made by the NBADL to not operate this team for the 2007-08 season.
The team began play in 2005-06 as an expansion franchise. They were the D-League's regular season champions, finishing 28-20. However, they lost the Championship game to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds by a score of 119-108.
The following season, they finished in third place in the Eastern Division with a 29-21 record, losing the Eastern Division semifinal game to the Sioux Falls Skyforce 128-105.
The team didn't return to Fort Worth for 2007-08, as they were not able to make a profit. There is some talk of the Flyers moving to Reno, Nevada, and of the D-League placing another team in Fort Worth, citing their close proximity to the Dallas Mavericks. However, this probably won't happen now that the Texas Legends, based in Frisco, are the sole affiliate for the Dallas Mavericks.
A blue capital "F" reminiscent of a biplane over a basketball. The logo is also slightly similar to an alternate logo of the Philadelphia Flyers. The only number currently retired (#11) is that of Jose Juan Barea for his back-to-back 40 point games.
Season By Season
|Fort Worth Flyers|
|2005–06||1st||28||20||.583||Won Semifinals (Roanoke) 87-78
Lost D-League Finals (Albuquerque) 119-108
|2006–07||Eastern||3rd||29||21||.580||Lost Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 128-105|
|Regular Season Record||57||41||.582||2005–2007|
- Jamario Moon - Los Angeles D-Fenders
- Kelenna Azubuike - Currently an NBA free agent
- Jose Juan Barea - a Guard for the Dallas Mavericks
- Ime Udoka - San Antonio Spurs Assistant coach
- Shedrack Raines - a Guard He is currently retired
- Martell Webster - a Guard-Forward for the Washington Wizards
- Maurice Ager - Currently a NBA free agent
- Pops Mensah-Bonsu - Currently playing overseas
- Luke Schenscher - Currently playing overseas
- Bobby Jones - Currently playing overseas
- Louis Williams - a Guard for the Toronto Raptors
- Jeremy Richardson - Currently a NBA free agent
- Charlotte Bobcats (2006–2007)
- Dallas Mavericks (2005–2007)
- Golden State Warriors (2005–2006)
- Los Angeles Lakers (2005–2006)
- Philadelphia 76ers (2006–2007)
- Portland Trail Blazers (2005–2006)