Austin Spurs

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Austin Spurs
Austin Spurs logo
Founded 2001
History Columbus Riverdragons
2001–2005
Austin Toros
2005–2014
Austin Spurs
2014–Present
Arena Cedar Park Center
City Cedar Park, Texas
Team colors Black, silver, white
(2007–present)
              
Red, Blue, Gold, White
(2005–2007)
                   
Orange, Navy, Silver, White
(Columbus Riverdragons – 2001–2005)
                   
Owner(s) San Antonio Spurs
Head coach Ken McDonald
Championships 1 (2011–12)

The Austin Spurs are an American basketball team of the NBA Development League based in Austin, Texas.

The team plays their home games at Cedar Park Center. They have been very successful, making the postseason 7 out of their 12 seasons in the NBA Development League.

On October 15, 2014, they were renamed to that of their affiliate in San Antonio, the Spurs. After the San Antonio Spurs purchased the franchise, the team colors and logo were changed to reflect the silver and black motif used by the Spurs.

Franchise history[edit]

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The Austin Spurs were established in Columbus, Georgia as The Columbus Riverdragons. The franchise in 2005 was sold to Southwest Basketball, LLC, and were relocated to the city of Austin, Texas. Following the relocation, the franchise changed their name and logo becoming the Austin Toros, which was unveiled on August 10, 2005. The Toros name was the only NBA-associated team and first D-League team to possess a nickname of Spanish origin. The Toros began play during the 2005-2006 season.

On February 22, 2007, head coach Dennis Johnson died of an apparent heart attack after a workout with his players.[1] After an interim coach guided the team for the rest of that season, Quin Snyder was named as the team's head coach for 2007–08.[2]

Previous Logo of the Austin Toros (2005–2007)

On June 28, 2007, the Toros were acquired by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the second D-League team ever to be owned by an NBA team, after the Los Angeles D-Fenders were purchased by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.[3]

On August 9, 2010, the Toros announced they would move to the Cedar Park Center from the Austin Convention Center and would play in their new facility starting in the 2010–11 season.

On April 28, 2012, the Toros defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders in Game 3 of the NBA D-League Finals to capture their first championship in franchise history.[4]

On October 15, 2014, the team announced that they will be changing their name to the Austin Spurs, in reference to their parent team.

Season-by-season[edit]

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Columbus Riverdragons
2001–02 3rd 31 25 .554 Lost Semifinals (Greenville) 2-1
2002–03 6th 23 27 .460
2003–04 6th 18 28 .391
2004–05 1st 30 18 .625 Won Semifinals (Roanoke) 96-89
Lost D-League Finals (Asheville) 90-67
Austin Toros
2005–06 6th 24 24 .500
2006–07 Eastern 5th 21 29 .420
Austin Toros
2007–08 Southwestern 1st 30 20 .600 Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 99-93
Lost D-League Finals (Idaho) 2-1
2008–09 Southwestern 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Idaho) 119-116 (OT)
Lost Semifinals (Colorado) 114-111
2009–10 Western 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Dakota) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 2-1
2010–11 Western 8th 22 28 .440
2011–12 Western 2nd 33 17 .660 Won Round 1 (Erie) 2-1
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2-1
Won NBA D-League Finals (Los Angeles) 2-1
2012–13 Central 2nd 27 23 .700 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2-0
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 2-0
2013–14 Central 6th 19 31 .380
Austin Spurs
2014–15 Southwestern 1st 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 2-1
Regular season 382 316 .547
Playoffs 20 16 .556

Current roster[edit]

Austin Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 19 Eddie, Jarell (FA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991–10–30 Virginia Tech
F 21 Marshall, Khyle 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 216 lb (98 kg) 1992–03–01 Butler
F 20 McKie, Travis (I) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1992–10–23 Wake Forest
C 32 Sene, Mouhamed 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1986–05–12 Senegal
G 18 Udofia, Mfon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1990–08–01 Georgia Tech
G 9 Walker, Devondrick 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1992–07–11 Texas A&M Commerce
F 22 Wright, Keith 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1989–07–22 Harvard
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Keith Abrams

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: 2015–08–14

Former Players[edit]

Affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]