Rio Grande Valley Vipers

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Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Rio Grande Valley Vipers logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2007
History Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2007–present
Arena State Farm Arena
Location Hidalgo, Texas
Team colors Red, Black, Dark Gray, Gray, White
                        
Head coach Nevada Smith
Ownership RGV Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Houston Rockets
Championships 2 (2009–10, 2012–13)
Division / Conference titles 2 (2009–10, 2012–13)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/riograndevalley/

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a 2007-08 expansion team in the NBA Development League. They play their home games at the State Farm Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas. With two D-League titles in 2010 and 2013, the Vipers are the most victorious team in the league alongside the Asheville Altitude.

The Vipers have a single-partnership affiliation agreement with the Houston Rockets for the 2009–10 season. Previously, they were also affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2007–08 and the New Orleans Hornets for 2007–09.

History[edit]

After the finish of the 2007 season, the D-League expanded to Hidalgo, Texas. They announced the team there would be named the "Vipers". In their debut, they finished with a 21–29 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. In 2008–09, they finished with the same record, failing to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row.

In 2009, the Vipers and the Houston Rockets entered into a single affiliation partnership in which the Rockets controlled the Vipers' basketball operations while the franchise remains under local ownership by Alonzo Cantu. The result paid immediate dividends in the 2009–10 season, as the Vipers enjoyed their most successful season. Led by league MVP Mike Harris, and coach of the year Chris Finch, the Vipers went 34–16, tops in the Western Conference, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Vipers beat both Reno and Austin in 3 games, and swept Tulsa in the Finals to earn the franchise's first championship.[1]

In 2013, the Vipers won their second title over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Andrew Goudelock won the NBA Development League Most Valuable Player Award and got called up by the Los Angeles Lakers.

In November 2013, the Vipers announced Gianluca Pascucci as the general manager and Nevada Smith as the head coach.[2][3]

Season By Season[edit]

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2007–08 Southwestern 5th 21 29 .420
2008–09 Southwestern 4th 21 29 .420
2009–10 Western 1st 34 16 .680 Won Round 1 (Reno) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Austin) 2–1
Won D-League Finals (Tulsa) 2–0
2010–11 Western 2nd 33 17 .660 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Reno) 2–0
Lost D-League Finals (Iowa) 1–2
2011–12 Western 5th 24 26 .480
2012–13 Central 1st 35 15 .700 Won Round 1 (Maine) 2-0
Won Semifinals (Tulsa) 2–0
Won D-League Finals (Santa Cruz) 2–0
2013–14 Central 3rd 30 20 .600 Won Round 1 (Iowa) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 2–1
Regular season 198 142 .582
Playoffs 20 8 .714

Current roster[edit]

Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 22 Behanan, Chane 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1992–09–24 Louisville
F 23 Bishop, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–07–16 Texas State
F 32 Capela, Clint (NBA) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 211 lb (96 kg) 1994–05–18 INSEP (FRA)
G 12 Carey, Tristan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991–07–28 Longwood
G/F 15 Johnson, Chris 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1990–04–29 Dayton
G 20 Johnson, Geron 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1992–08–09 Memphis
G 9 Johnson, Jaron (I) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–05–05 Louisiana Tech
F 24 Mitchell, Akil 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1992–06–26 Virginia
F 18 Putney, Raphiael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990–04–21 UMass-Amherst
G 6 Richmond, Akeem 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1991–04–10 East Carolina
G 10 Threatt, Jarvis 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1993–04–03 Delaware
F 7 White, Tyrone 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990–08–24 Cal State Bakersfield
Head coach
  • Nevada Smith
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jason Young
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Long Lam

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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–12–19

Past head coaches[edit]

Past players[edit]

Players assigned from NBA teams[edit]

Players recalled to the NBA[edit]

Players called up to the NBA[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ May, Peter (2008-02-03). "A Maine focus in D-League". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Gianluca Pascucci Named GM of the Vipers". 
  3. ^ "RGV VIPERS AND HOUSTON ROCKETS ANNOUNCE NEVADA SMITH AS HEAD COACH". 

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