Austin Spurs

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Austin Spurs
Austin Spurs logo
League NBA G League
Founded 2001
History Columbus Riverdragons
2001–2005
Austin Toros
2005–2014
Austin Spurs
2014–present
Arena H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
Location Cedar Park, Texas
Team colors Black, silver, white[1][2]
              
Team manager Andy Birdsong[3]
Head coach Blake Ahearn
Ownership Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Affiliation(s) San Antonio Spurs
Championships 1 (2012)
Conference titles 5 (2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015)
Division titles 6 (2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/austin/

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

The team plays their home games at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The team has made the postseason in 7 out of their 12 seasons in the NBA Development League.

On October 15, 2014, 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.[1]

Franchise history[edit]

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 June 28, 2007, the Toros were acquired by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the second D-League team to be owned by an NBA team, after the Los Angeles D-Fenders were purchased by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.[4]

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.[5]

On October 15, 2014, the team announced that they would be changing their name to the Austin Spurs, in reference to their parent team.[1]

Season-by-season[edit]

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Columbus Riverdragons
2001–02 3rd 31 25 .554 Lost Semifinals (Greenville) 1–2
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) 67–90
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) 1–2
2008–09 Southwestern 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Idaho) 119–116 (OT)
Lost Semifinals (Colorado) 111–114
2009–10 Western 2nd 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Dakota) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2
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) 0–2
2013–14 Central 6th 19 31 .380
Austin Spurs
2014–15 Southwest 1st 32 18 .640 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 1–2
2015–16 Southwest 1st 30 20 .600 Round 1 Win vs. (Rio Grande Valley) 2–1
2nd Round: Lost to Los Angeles 1–2
2016–17 Southwest 4th 25 25 .500
Regular season 437 361 .548
Playoffs 23 19 .548

Current roster[edit]

Austin Spurs roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 22 Alexander, Daniel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 1991–07–18 Grand Canyon
F 15 Blossomgame, Jaron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–09–16 Clemson
C 37 Brimah, Amida 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–02–11 Connecticut
F 10 Costello, Matt (TW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1993–08–05 Michigan State
G 18 Green, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1993–05–05 Texas A&M
G 7 Hanlan, Olivier 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–10–04 Boston College
G 19 Haymond, Tucker 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1994–10–04 Western Michigan
G/F 24 Hilliard, Darrun (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–04–13 Villanova
F 17 Jean-Charles, Livio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–11–08 France
G 14 Johnson, Nick 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–12–22 Arizona
G 8 Ledbetter, Jeff 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1988–06–15 Idaho
F 25 Washburn, Julian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991–12–18 Texas–El Paso
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2017–11–28

Former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Malone, JeffJeff Malone 2001–2005 200 102 98 .510 5 2 3 .400
2 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson 2005–2007 98 45 53 .459
3 Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder 2007–2010 150 94 56 .627 12 6 6 .500
4 Jones, BradBrad Jones 2010–2012 100 55 45 .550 9 6 3 .667
5 Burroughs, EugeneEugene Burroughs 2012–2013 50 27 23 .540 4 2 2 .500
6 McDonald, KenKen McDonald 2013–2017 200 106 94 .540 12 6 6 .500
7 Ahearn, BlakeBlake Ahearn 2017–present

Affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Austin-based NBA Development League team has been renamed the Austin Spurs" (Press release). San Antonio Spurs. October 15, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Austin Spurs Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Spurs Announce Basketball Operations Staff Additions and Promotions". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. September 16, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Spurs Purchase Austin Toros of NBA Developmental League". 
  5. ^ "Austin Toros Win 2012 NBA Development League Championship". 

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