Reno Bighorns

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Reno Bighorns
Reno Bighorns logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2008
History Reno Bighorns
NBA D-League: 2008–present
Arena Reno Events Center
Location Reno, Nevada
Team colors Green, Blue, Tan
Head coach Joel Abelson
Ownership Herb Santos Jr., Stephen Adams and Jeff Adams for Bighorns Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Sacramento Kings
Championships 0
Division / Conference titles 1 (2010–11)

The Reno Bighorns are a NBA Development League team based in Reno, Nevada that began play for the 2008-09 season. In August 2011, the Bighorns announced Bighorns Basketball, LLC, a local ownership group led by Herb Santos, Jr., Stephen Adams and Jeffrey Adams, had purchased the team.[1] The Bighorns play their home games at the Reno Events Center. Their namesake is the Desert Bighorn Sheep, the state animal of Nevada. Their NBA parent club is the Sacramento Kings, entering into a hybrid affiliation beginning with the 2013-2014 season. In 2010-11 the Reno Bighorns became the Western Divisions Champions.[2]

The team was originally owned by David Kahn, operator of Southwest Basketball, LLC. In February 2009 SK Baseball, the group that owns the Triple-A MiLB Reno Aces, purchased the Bighorns.[3] Two years later the team was purchased by Bighorns Basketball, LLC making it a locally owned team.

In July 2008, the team announced their nickname, as the Bighorns. Two previous Reno basketball teams were named the Bighorns; one from the defunct Western Basketball Association (coached by Bill Musselman and league runners-up for their only season of 1978-79), and one from the Continental Basketball Association which played for the 1982-83 season. The team colors of green, tan, and blue are designed to be an allusion to nearby Lake Tahoe.[4]

On July 7, 2011 the team announced their 2011-12 NBA affiliates teams the Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Sacramento Kings. The Bighorns have been affiliated with the Sacramento Kings for four consecutive seasons.[5]

In the 2010–11 season, the Bighorns were affiliated with the Sacramento Kings and the Golden State Warriors for one season; the Warriors subsequently purchased the Dakota Wizards.

In 2009 the team announced they would be affiliated with the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks.[6] On June 29, 2009, the NBA D-League announced that the secondary affiliate of the Bighorns would be the Orlando Magic replacing the Knicks.[7]

In September 2008, the Bighorns announced their head coach, former Phoenix Suns assistant coach Jay Humphries.[8]

For 2012-13, in addition to their existing affiliations with the Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies, the Bighorns will be affiliated with the Utah Jazz, as the Atlanta Hawks have switched affiliates to the Bakersfield Jam.[9]

On July 11, 2013, it was announced that the Sacramento Kings have entered in a single-affiliation with the Bighorns and would take control over the basketball operations beginning in the 2013–14 basketball season. On August 29, 2013, Shareef Abdur-Rahim was announced as the new general manager of the Bighorns for the 2013–14 season.[10] A week later, Joel Abelson was named the coach for 2013–14.[11]


Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Reno Bighorns
2008–09 Western 4th 25 25 .500
2009–10 Western 3rd 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Rio Grande Valley) 2-1
2010-11 Western 1st 34 16 .680 Won Round 1 (Erie) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2011–12 Western 7th 21 29 .420
2012–13 Western 5th 16 34 .320
2013–14 West 3rd 27 23 .540 Lost Round 1 (Fort Wayne) 2-0
Regular season 151 149 .503
Playoffs 3 7 .300

Current roster[edit]

Reno Bighorns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 50 United States Biggs, Tyrell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1986–08–01 Pittsburgh
F 22 United States Charlo, Mo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1983–07–22 Nevada
F 32 United States Davis, Bryan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1986–12–31 Texas A&M
F 19 United States Foster, Kevin 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1989–01–07 Fresno State
G 11 United States Gaines, Sundiata 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1986–04–18 Georgia
C 44 United States Gladness, Mickell 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–07–26 Alabama A&M
G 10 United States James, Ra'Shad 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1990–01–26 Northwood
F 18 United States Jones, DeQuan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 1990–06–20 Miami (FL)
G 14 United States Lockett, Trent 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1990–12–10 Marquette
G 7 United States Porter, Tajuan 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 155 lb (70 kg) 1988–03–09 Oregon
G/F 23 United States Rivers, K. C. 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1987–03–01 Clemson
G 12 United States Russell, Jr., Walker 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1982–10–06 Jacksonville State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Tyrone Ellis
  • Ross McMains
  • Scott Schroeder
Athletic trainer(s)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2014–04–14


Former Affiliates[edit]


  1. ^ "Reno Bighorns Announce New Ownership". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Reno Bighorns win Western Conference". 2011-05-03. 
  3. ^ Gabel, Chris (February 2, 2009). "Group that owns Reno Aces buys Reno Bighorns". The Reno Gazette Journal. 
  4. ^ "NBA D-League team chooses Bighorns as nickname". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Bighorns To Be Affiliated With Kings, Hawks, Grizzlies". 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  6. ^ "D-League announces Reno affiliates". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Bighorns to be Affiliated with Kings, Magic in 2009-10". 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Bighorns hire Humphries as first head coach". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  9. ^ Greene, Dana (July 17, 2012). "Reno Bighorns new Jazz D-League affiliate". KTVX. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Shareef Abdur-Rahim named general manager of Reno Bighorns". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  11. ^ "D-League news: Reno Bighorns name Joel Abelson head coach". Retrieved 2013-12-17. 

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