Texas Legends

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This article is about the NBA Development League team in Frisco, Texas. For the statewide junior golf tour, see Texas Legends Junior Tour.
Texas Legends
Texas Legends logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2006
History Colorado 14ers
2006–2009
Texas Legends
2009–present
Arena Dr Pepper Arena
Location Frisco, Texas
Team colors Navy, Light Royal, Silver, White, Black
                        
Head coach Eduardo Nájera
Ownership Texas D-League Management, LLC
Affiliation(s) Dallas Mavericks
Championships 1 (2008-09)
Division / Conference titles 1 (2008-09)
Website texlegends.com

The Texas Legends are an American professional basketball team based in Frisco, Texas. They play in the Central Division in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League), a minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Legends play their home games at the Dr Pepper Arena. The Legends are affiliated with the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.

History[edit]

On June 18, 2009, the NBDL awarded the city of Frisco, Texas, with a relocated franchise.[1][2] Previously known as the Colorado 14ers, the Legends began play in the 2010-11 season and play at the Dr Pepper Arena.

The Legends accepted submissions for its nickname on their website.[3][4] On April 10, 2010, the Legends announced their name at a press conference in Frisco.[5][6]

On November 5, 2009, women's basketball pioneer Nancy Lieberman was introduced as the Legends' head coach. She is the first woman to lead a men's professional basketball team.[7][8][9]

On October 3, 2011, Del Harris was announced as the Legends' new head coach.[10]

On August 22, 2012, Eduardo Najera was named as the Legends' new head coach. Najera is the first Mexican-born head coach under the NBA umbrella.

Ownership[edit]

The team is owned by Texas D-League Management, LLC, which is principally owned by Donnie Nelson, general manager and President of Basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks and son of former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson.[11] The ownership group also includes Evan Wyly, former chairman of Green Mountain Energy.[11] Past 14ers owner Tim Wiens retains a minority stake in the team.

Season results[edit]

Season Division / Conference Finish Wins Losses Win% Playoffs
Colorado 14ers
2006–07 Western 2nd 28 22 .560 Won First Round vs. Albuquerque Thunderbirds, 130–100
Won Second Round vs. Idaho Stampede, 94–91 (OT)
Lost D-League Finals to Dakota Wizards, 129–121 (OT)
2007–08 Southwest 2nd 29 21 .580 Lost Semifinals to Los Angeles D-Fenders, 102–95
2008–09 Southwest 1st 34 16 .680 Won First Round vs. Erie BayHawks, 129–108
Won Second Round vs. Austin Toros, 114–111
Won D-League Finals vs. Utah Flash, 2–0
Texas Legends
2009–10 Did not play
2010–11 Western 6th 24 26 .480 Lost First Round to Tulsa 66ers, 2–1
2011–12 Western 4th 24 26 .480 --
2012–13 Central 5th 21 29 .420 --
2013–14 Central 4th 24 26 .480 --
Regular season 184 166 .526
Playoffs 7 4 .636

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Texas Legends roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 24 Atkinson, Jeremy (I) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1990–11–20 North Carolina-Asheville
F 17 Balkman, Renaldo 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1984–07–14 South Carolina
F 21 Griffin, Eric 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990–05–26 Campbell
F 20 Jackson, Justin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–10–13 Cincinnati
G/F 15 James, Damion 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1985–10–07 Texas
G 13 James, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1975–06–23 Duquesne
F 44 Johnson, Ivan (S) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1984–04–10 Cal State San Bernardino
G 9 Lamb, Doron 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–11–06 Kentucky
G 10 Ledo, Ricky (NBA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1992–09–10 South Kent HS (CT)
G 12 Palo, Bubu 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–07–09 Iowa State
C 50 Samhan, Omar (I) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1988–11–03 Saint Mary's
G 0 Togashi, Yuki 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1993–07–30 Montrose Christian (MD)
G 11 Woodfox, Booker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1986–09–06 Creighton
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Jackie Fisher

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: 2014–12–16

Awards and honors[edit]

All-NBA D-League Team First Team
All-NBA D-League Team Third Team
NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team
NBA D-League All-Star selections

Players with NBA experience[edit]

NBA assignments[edit]

Season Player NBA team Date assigned Date recalled
2010–11 Beaubois, RodrigueRodrigue Beaubois Dallas Mavericks November 30, 2010 January 5, 2011
2010–11 Jones, DominiqueDominique Jones Dallas Mavericks November 30, 2010 January 2, 2011
2011–12 Neitzel, DrewDrew Neitzel Dallas Mavericks December 21, 2011 December 22, 2011
2011–12 Randle, JeromeJerome Randle Dallas Mavericks December 21, 2011 December 22, 2011
2011–12 Williams, SeanSean Williams Dallas Mavericks December 21, 2011 December 22, 2011
2011–12 Williams, SeanSean Williams (2) Dallas Mavericks January 6, 2012 March 4, 2012
2011–12 Yi Jianlian Dallas Mavericks January 6, 2012 January 9, 2012
2011–12 Jones, DominiqueDominique Jones Dallas Mavericks January 15, 2012 January 23, 2012
2011–12 Odom, LamarLamar Odom Dallas Mavericks March 3, 2012 March 4, 2012
2011–12 Williams, SeanSean Williams (3) Dallas Mavericks March 13, 2012 March 16, 2012
2011–12 Azubuike, KelennaKelenna Azubuike Dallas Mavericks March 23, 2012 April 9, 2012
2012–13 Cunningham, JaredJared Cunningham Dallas Mavericks December 11, 2012 December 31, 2012
2012–13 Cunningham, JaredJared Cunningham (2) Dallas Mavericks January 28, 2013 March 30, 2013
2013–14 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo Dallas Mavericks November 30, 2013 January 6, 2014
2013–14 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo (2) Dallas Mavericks January 18, 2014 January 22, 2014
2013–14 Larkin, ShaneShane Larkin Dallas Mavericks January 31, 2014 February 2, 2014
2013–14 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo (3) Dallas Mavericks January 31, 2014 April 9, 2014
2013–14 Crowder, JaeJae Crowder Dallas Mavericks February 27, 2014 February 28, 2014
2013–14 James, BernardBernard James Dallas Mavericks February 27, 2014 February 28, 2014
2013–14 Larkin, ShaneShane Larkin (2) Dallas Mavericks February 27, 2014 February 28, 2014
2013–14 Crowder, JaeJae Crowder (2) Dallas Mavericks March 1, 2014 March 2, 2014
2013–14 Larkin, ShaneShane Larkin (3) Dallas Mavericks March 1, 2014 March 2, 2014
2013–14 Mekel, GalGal Mekel Dallas Mavericks March 4, 2014 March 9, 2014
2013–14 Larkin, ShaneShane Larkin (4) Dallas Mavericks March 14, 2014 March 15, 2014
2013–14 Mekel, GalGal Mekel (2) Dallas Mavericks March 15, 2014 March 18, 2014
2014–15 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo Dallas Mavericks November 20, 2014 November 24, 2014
2014–15 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo (2) Dallas Mavericks November 27, 2014 December 4, 2014
2014–15 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo (3) Dallas Mavericks December 5, 2014 December 6, 2014
2014–15 Ledo, RickyRicky Ledo (4) Dallas Mavericks December 8, 2014

Note

  • Number in parentheses indicates the number of assignments to the Legends that a player has received during the season.
  • Rodrigue Beaubois and Lamar Odom did not play any games with the Legends.

NBA call-ups[edit]

Season Player NBA team Date(s) called-up and contract(s) signed
2010–11 Daniels, AntonioAntonio Daniels Philadelphia 76ers April 5, 2011: Signed for the remainder of the season
2011–12 Gadzuric, DanDan Gadzuric New York Knicks April 20, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season
2011–12 Williams, SeanSean Williams Boston Celtics April 20, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season
2012–13 Douglas-Roberts, ChrisChris Douglas-Roberts Dallas Mavericks December 23, 2012: Signed for the remainder of the season
2012–13 James, MikeMike James Dallas Mavericks January 8, 2013: Signed for 10-days
2012–13 Dentmon, JustinJustin Dentmon Dallas Mavericks March 25, 2013: Signed for 10-days
2012–13 Jones, DwayneDwayne Jones Golden State Warriors April 17, 2013: Signed for the remainder of the season
2013–14 Douglas-Roberts, ChrisChris Douglas-Roberts Charlotte Bobcats December 11, 2013: Signed for the remainder of the season
2013–14 Nunnally, JamesJames Nunnally Philadelphia 76ers March 17, 2014: Signed for 10-days
2013–14 James, DamionDamion James San Antonio Spurs April 3, 2014: Signed for 10-days
2013–14 Ely, MelvinMelvin Ely New Orleans Pelicans April 14, 2014: Signed for the remainder of the season

Coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season[12] Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Lieberman, NancyNancy Lieberman 2009–2011 50 24 26 .480 3 1 2 .333 First woman to head coach a professional men's basketball team.
2 Harris, DelDel Harris 2011–2012 50 24 26 .480 - - - -
3 Najera, EduardoEduardo Najera 2012–present 89 38 51 .427 - - - - First Mexican born head coach in the NBA system.

NBA affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Associated Press (June 18, 2009). "NBA D-League team moving to Frisco". USA Today. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "NBA Development League Team Comes To Frisco, Texas". Frisco NBA D-League official website. 
  3. ^ McMahon, Tim (November 24, 2009). "Got a name for Frisco D-League team?". ESPN Dallas. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Help Name the Frisco NBA D-League Team". Frisco NBA D-League official website. 
  5. ^ "Texas' Newest Franchise to be Named This Saturday" (Press release). NBA D-League. April 9, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ Fisher, Mike (April 10, 2010). "Frisco D-League Team Name Is ... 'Texas Legends'". DallasBasketball.com. Retrieved April 11, 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Graves, Gary (February 10, 2010). "Nancy Lieberman's next play ... coaching men in the D-League". USA Today. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Webster, Kelly (December 11, 2009). "Lieberman continues to break barriers". ESPN Dallas. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Wharton, David (January 11, 2011). "A new 'next game' for Hall of Fame basketball player Nancy Lieberman". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ Sefko, Eddie (2011-10-03). "Former Mavericks assistant Del Harris to coach Texas Legends". The Dallas Morning News. 
  11. ^ a b Brock, Katherine Cromer (June 2, 2009). "Sports-crazed Frisco scores". Dallas Business Journal. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://stats.nbadleague.com

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