NBA D-League: 2013–present
NBA D-League: 2004–2011
|Arena||Bob Carpenter Center|
|Team colors||Blue, red, white
|Head coach||Rod Baker|
|Division / Conference titles||1 (2008–09)|
|Affiliations||Utah Jazz/Boston Celtics/Atlanta Hawks (2007–2011)
Philadelphia 76ers (2013–present)
The Delaware 87ers is 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.
2007–2011: Utah Flash
In 2004, Utah entrepreneur Brandt Andersen sold his web design company uSight and decided to call the National Basketball Association looking to invest his new fortune on a team. The league replied that ownership of one of their franchises was highly sought but hard to get, and instead suggested putting together a proposal for a NBA Development League team. Eventually Andersen got a new team to start play in 2007, based on Orem, Utah, playing at the McKay Events Center.
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. 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. In July 2008, Fredman was called back by the Jazz to work as a scout, and coach Jones ended up pulling double duty as general manager as well. On 2009, the Celtics changed affiliations to the new team Maine Red Claws, leading the Atlanta Hawks to join forces with the Flash.
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 became one of the biggest hoaxes in minor league sports history. 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.
The team suspended operations following the 2011 season, as Andersen decided to sell his interest in the Flash to focus on other businesses which he started with a move to California. 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.
2013–present: Arrival in the First State
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.
|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|
|Regular Season Record||112||88||.560||2007–2011|
Delaware 87ers roster
- Philadelphia 76ers (2013–present)
- Brandt Andersen Unplugged
- Cover story on Brandt Andersen
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- Official Website of the Delaware 87ers
- Sixers change name of newly acquired D-League affiliate to Delaware 87ers