Oklahoma City Blue

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Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Blue logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2001
History Asheville Altitude
2001–2005
Tulsa 66ers
2005–2014
Oklahoma City Blue
2014–present
Arena Cox Convention Center
Location Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Team colors Bright Blue, Navy, Red-Orange, Yellow, White
(2009–present)
                        
Dark Red, Navy, Yellow, White
(2005–2009)
                   
Light Blue, Slate Blue, Bronze, White
(Asheville Altitude, 2001–2005)
                   
Head coach Mark Daigneault
Ownership Professional Basketball Club LLC
Affiliation(s) Oklahoma City Thunder
Championships 2
(2003–04 as Asheville)
(2004–05 as Asheville)
Division / Conference titles 2
(2003–04 as Asheville)
(2004–05 as Asheville)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/oklahomacity/

The Oklahoma City Blue is an NBA Development League team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the minor league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The franchise began in Asheville, North Carolina as the Asheville Altitude, and from 2005 to 2014 they were the Tulsa 66ers based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Franchise history[edit]

Tulsa 66ers logo.svg

The Asheville Altitude were a founding team of the NBDL in 2001. They played in the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, North Carolina, where they won two NBDL championships. The team's name was in reference to the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. In 2005 they moved to Tulsa as the 66ers, named for the famous US Highway 66 ("Route 66"), which ran through Tulsa and once played a pivotal role in its economy. Upon moving, all of the team's hard assets were then sold to former Tulsa 66ers owner Southwest Basketball, LLC, which also owned the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and the Reno Bighorns. The team has one affiliate club in the NBA: the Oklahoma City Thunder. The New York Knicks were formerly an affiliate through the end of the 2007–08 season.

On July 31, 2008, the 66ers announced that Clayton Bennett of the Professional Basketball Club LLC (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder), had agreed in principle to purchase the 66ers; marking the third D-League team to be owned by an NBA team (the first two are the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Austin Toros, owned by the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively, and the most recent was the Reno Bighorns, now owned by Sacramento Kings).[1] Under terms of that deal, they will be the OKC team's sole affiliate; former co-parent club the Milwaukee Bucks will now be affiliated with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[2]

For the 2008–09 season, the team moved to the brand-new SpiritBank Event Center in nearby Bixby, but retained the Tulsa 66ers name.[3] After the 2008–09 season, however, the team announced it would seek another venue for the next season, and it filed a lawsuit against the owner of the arena.[4] The team moved to the Tulsa Convention Center in downtown Tulsa for the 2009-2010 season.[5]

During the 2010-2011 season, the team set a record for 14 wins in a row before being defeated by the Maine Red Claws 109-106 on January 30, 2011. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, the 66ers missed the playoffs with a 23-27 record.

In May 2012 the 66ers announced that they would return to the SpiritBank Event Center for the 2012-2013 season,[6] and the team also played there in 2013-2014. In June 2014, however, SpiritBank announced that it would no longer seek bookings or lease the arena space.[7]

In July 2014 the Thunder announced that the 66ers would move to Oklahoma City. Management cited "circumstances beyond our control" stemming from stalled relocation attempts. [8]

Season-by-season[edit]

Season Division Regular season Playoffs
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Asheville Altitude
2001–02 6th 26 30 .460
2002–03 5th 23 27 .460
2003–04 1st 28 18 .609 Won Semifinals (Fayetteville) 116–111
Won D-League Finals (Huntsville) 108–106
2004–05 2nd 27 21 .563 Won Semifinals (Huntsville) 90–86
Won D-League Finals (Columbus) 90–67
Tulsa 66ers
2005–06 7th 24 24 .500
2006–07 Eastern 4th 21 29 .420
2007–08 Southwestern 3rd 26 24 .520
2008–09 Southwestern 5th 15 35 .300
Oklahoma City Blue/Tulsa 66ers
2009–10 Western 5th 27 23 .540 Won First Round (Sioux Falls) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Iowa) 2–1
Lost D-League Finals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2010–11 Western 3rd 33 17 .660 Won First Round (Texas) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Iowa) 0–2
2011–12 Western 6th 23 27 .460
2012–13 Central 3rd 27 23 .540 Won First Round (Canton) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2013–14 Central 5th 24 26 .480
Regular season 324 324 .500 2001–2014
Playoffs 12 6 .667 2001–2013

Current roster[edit]

Oklahoma City Blue roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 24 Alexander, Xavier 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1988–10–19 Southern Nazarene
F/C 42 Anderson, Ron 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1989–09–12 South Florida
G 12 Beamon, George (I) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1991–04–26 Manhattan
G 22 Christon, Semaj 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1992–11–01 Xavier
F 14 Huestis, Josh 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1991–12–19 Stanford
G 11 Jenkins, Michael 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1986–09–06 Winthrop
G/F 23 Little, Mario 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1987–12–29 Kansas
G 17 Motley, Terrance (I) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–09–09 Sam Houston State
F/C 32 Solomon, Richard 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1992–06–18 California
F/C 34 Sutton, Maurice 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–07–31 Villanova
G 10 Teague, Marquis 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993–02–28 Kentucky
F/C 21 Zanna, Talib 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–10–01 Pittsburgh
Head coach
  • Mark Daigneault
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Sebastien Poirier

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: 2014–12–13

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