The Lansing Capitals are a charter member of the Independent Basketball Association. Founded in 2006, the Capitals were originally members of the International Basketball League. They played a full season in 2006 and a partial season in 2007. In the first full season of competition, the Capitals featured two players selected to the 2006 IBL All-Star team: Cory Coe, who was the third leading scorer in the league at 28.1 ppg, and Steve Ordiway, who averaged 23.5 ppg. They did not play again until 2010 when they returned to the IBL as a "branding" team. They played in the 2010 spring and winter season and the 2011 spring season before leaving for the IBA.
The Capitals have placed multiple players in other leagues, such as the ABA, IBA, PBL, and UBA, as well as in European Professional Leagues, including: Cory Coe (Portugal), Carlos Gill (Spain), Jonathan Jones (Slovakia), and Derrick Nelson (Saudi Arabia).