Delaware 87ers

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Delaware 87ers
Delaware 87ers logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2007
History Delaware 87ers
NBA D-League: 2013–present
Utah Flash
NBA D-League: 2004–2011
Arena Bob Carpenter Center
Location Newark, Delaware
Team colors Blue, red, white
              
Head coach Rod Baker
Ownership Philadelphia 76ers
Affiliation(s) Utah Jazz/Boston Celtics/Atlanta Hawks (2007–2011)
Philadelphia 76ers (2013–present)
Championships 0
Division / Conference titles 1 (2008–09)
Website http://www.sevens.com/

The Delaware 87ers (nicknamed the Sevens) are an American professional basketball team of the NBA Development League. They are an affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. They play their home games at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The team was founded in 2007 as the Utah Flash and served as an affiliate to the Utah Jazz. In April 2013, the 76ers acquired the team and relocated it to Delaware.

History[edit]

2007–2011: Utah Flash[edit]

Utah Flash logo

In 2004, Utah entrepreneur Brandt Andersen heard there the NBA was expanding operations to include a development league. Eventually Andersen got a new team to start play in 2007, based in Orem, Utah, playing at the McKay Events Center.[1][2][3]

The Flash nickname was chosen by a name-the-team contest which earned over 21,000 votes. The team was established with a close help from its NBA affiliate Utah Jazz, who indicated to the general manager job David Fredman - who was an assistant coach and director of scouting for the Jazz for 28 years, and also the assistant general manager for the Denver Nuggets - and as a coach Brad Jones, a regional scout who was the nephew of long time Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. Also as an NBA affiliate were the Boston Celtics.[4] In the first season for the Flash on December 21, 2007 guard Morris Almond (who had been sent down to the D league by the Jazz) tied an NBA Development League record with 51 points in a 118-116 victory over the Austin Toros later in that season Almond broke the record with an 53-point performance in the 102-87 blowout win against the Bakersfield Jam, Almond also led the league in scoring averaging 25.6 points a game.[2][5] In July 2008, Fredman was called back by the Jazz to work as a scout,[6] and coach Jones ended up pulling double duty as general manager as well.[7] On 2009, the Celtics changed affiliations to the new team Maine Red Claws, leading the Atlanta Hawks to join forces with the Flash.[8]

On December 8, 2009, the Flash hosted a sold out crowd that hoped Michael Jordan was going to appear to play in a charity exhibition at halftime against former Utah Jazz guard Bryon Russell. However, Jordan did not appear, and a Jordan lookalike was introduced in what turned out to be a hoax.[9] Brad Jones retired as head coach of the Utah Flash on September 7, 2010 and Kevin Young was named as his replacement. Young had been the assistant coach for the Flash for the past 2 years, as well as scout and director of basketball operations, and before joining the organization worked at the Utah Valley University team.[10]

The team suspended operations following the 2011 season, as Andersen was forced to sell his interest in the Flash. Despite high ticket sales, being second in NBADL attendance during the 2010-2011 season, drawing more than 100,000 fans and averaging 4,237 per game, the Flash had frequent financial struggles, as both the Jazz and the city's minor league baseball team Orem Owlz made it difficult to get sponsorship deals.[11]

2013–present: Arrival in the First State[edit]

On April 27, 2013, after two years of hiatus, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired the team, to be renamed the Delaware 87ers – inspired by the fact that Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution in 1787 – which will play its games at the University of Delaware campus. Former Ripken Baseball Inc. assistant vice president of sales/marketing Aaron Moszer was named team president.[12][13]

In September 2013, Brandon Williams was named the team's first general manager.[14]

Season-By-Season[edit]

Season Division Regular Season Playoffs
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Utah Flash
2007–08 Western 3rd 24 26 .480
2008–09 Western 1st 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 94-81
Won Semifinals (Dakota) 103-93
Lost D-League Finals (Colorado) 2-0
2009–10 Western 4th 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
2010–11 Western 5th 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Iowa) 2-1
Delaware 87ers
2013–14 Eastern 6th 12 38 .240
Regular Season Record 112 88 .560 2007–2011
Playoff Record 4 6 .400 2007–2011

Current roster[edit]

Delaware 87ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 12 Akognon, Josh 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1986–02–10 Cal State Fullerton
F 41 Gallon, Tiny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1989–12–16 Oklahoma
F 24 Lee, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1986–06–05 St. Bonaventure
F 15 Pelle, Norvel 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 1993–02–03 Iona
F 23 Pittman, Elijah 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1991–07–23 Marshall
F 18 Saunders, Damian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1988–11–01 Duquesne
F 22 Williams, Rodney 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–07–23 Minnesota
G 14 Young, B. J. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1993–06–26 Arkansas
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Christina Kennedy

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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–06–26

Affiliates[edit]

Flash
87ers

References[edit]

External links[edit]