Bakersfield Jam

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Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam logo
Founded 2006
History Bakersfield Jam
2006–present
Arena Dignity Health Event Center
City Bakersfield, California
Team colors Red, gold, navy blue, white
                   
Owner(s) Bakersfield Professional Sports, LLC
General manager Bubba Barrage
Head coach Chris Jent
Championships 0

The Bakersfield Jam are an American basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association Development League (D-League) that began play in 2006-07. It plays its home games at the Dignity Health Event Center in Bakersfield, California, United States of America, which had been built as their practice facility. Previously, the Jam had played their home games at the Rabobank Arena.

In 2007, there was a contest where the fans could decide on a new name for the team. The choices were to rename the team Desperados, Roughnecks, Oilers, or keep the name Jam. On Thursday, May 17, the team announced that the team will remain the Bakersfield Jam, as that name won the poll in a landslide vote. After the contest, the Jam unveiled a new scheme for the logo. They replaced the blue to red.[1]

On April 29, 2009, it was reported that the Jam had ceased operations, citing lack of sufficient fan attendance. However, on June 18, the Jam announced that they had not shut down and plan to play in the 2009-10 season, with further details to come the following day.[2]

On April 30, 2014, it was reported that the Jam would enter a hybrid operation with the Phoenix Suns. Not only would that lead to the Suns having exclusive collaborations with the team, but it would also allow the Jam to operate under their own management in the process. On May 9, it was confirmed that the Suns and the Jam would agree to working under a hybrid affiliation.[3] Four days later, the Jam completed their transition by allowing Suns scout Bubba Barrage to be the team's newest general manager and letting Nate Bjorkgren coach the Jam in place of Will Voigt.[4] Since there are only 500 seats available, the team currently doesn't sell individual general admission tickets. Tickets are sold to season ticket holders only.

On May 29, 2015, it was announced that Nate Bjorkgren would leave the Jam to take part in the Suns' organization as a leading player development and assistant coach.[5] Three months later, former NBA coach Chris Jent would be the newest head coach for the Jam.

Year-by-year record[edit]

Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Bakersfield Jam
2006–07 D-League Western 6th 19 31 .380
Bakersfield Jam
2007–08 D-League Western 5th 11 39 .220
2008–09 D-League Western 3rd 26 24 .520 Lost Round 1 (Utah) 0-1
2009–10 D-League Western 8th 17 33 .340
2010–11 D-League Western 4th 29 21 .580 Lost Round 1 (Rio Grande Valley) 2–1
2011–12 D-League Western 3rd 28 22 .560 Won Round 1 (Dakota) 2-0
Lost Semifinals (Los Angeles) 0-2
2012–13 D-League Western 1st 36 14 .720 Lost Round 1 (Austin) 0-2
2013–14 D-League Western 5th 24 26 .480
2014–15 D-League Western 2nd 34 16 .680 Lost Round 1 (Austin) 1-2
Regular season 224 226 .498
Playoffs 4 9 .308
Regular season and Playoffs combined 228 235 .492

Current roster[edit]

Bakersfield Jam roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G Freelove, Josh (I) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1990–09–18 Buffalo
G 10 Jackson, Joe 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 171 lb (78 kg) 1992–02–08 Memphis
F/C 24 Koshwal, Mac 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1987–10–19 DePaul
F 7 Major, Renaldo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1982–05–07 Fresno State
G/F 20 Miles, LaQuentin (I) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–03–12 Central Arkansas
F 5 Moore, Cameron 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–11–12 Alabama–Birmingham
G 9 Munford, Xavier 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–06–01 Rhode Island
F 22 Thomas, Adrian 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1987–04–30 Miami (FL)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Dylan DeBusk
  • Tyler Marsh
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Shaun Mirza

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: 2015–07–31

Players assigned by NBA teams[edit]

Players recalled by NBA teams[edit]

Players called up by NBA teams[edit]

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