Canton Charge

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Canton Charge
Canton Charge logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2001
History Huntsville Flight
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
New Mexico Thunderbirds
Canton Charge
Arena Canton Memorial Civic Center
Location Canton, Ohio
Team colors Wine, gold, white[1]
Team manager Mike Gansey
Head coach Nate Reinking
Ownership Cleveland Cavaliers
Affiliation(s) Cleveland Cavaliers
Championships 1 (2006)
Division / Conference titles 1 (2013)

The Canton Charge is an American professional basketball team based in Canton, Ohio, that competes in the NBA Development League. The Charge is owned by and is the minor league affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and home games are held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. The franchise was founded in 2001 as the Huntsville Flight, based in Huntsville, Alabama, before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2005, where they were known as the Albuquerque Thunderbirds until 2010. The team won their first league championship while playing in Albuquerque, claiming the 2006 NBA D-League title. After playing the 2010–11 season in suburban Rio Rancho as the New Mexico Thunderbirds, the franchise was purchased by the Cavaliers and moved to Canton. Through the 2015–16 season, the Charge has one league title and one division championship.


The team was formed in 2001 as the Huntsville Flight based in Huntsville, Alabama, as a founding member of the NBA Development League, the affiliate minor league of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They played home games at the Von Braun Center. In their first two seasons, they failed to make the playoffs, but in their third they reached the NBA D-League Finals, losing to the Asheville Altitude. The team ended its tenure in Alabama at the conclusion of the 2004–05 season after finishing third in the league and making the playoffs.

New Mexico[edit]

The team moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds beginning in the 2005–06 season. They played home games at Tingley Coliseum. In their first season in New Mexico, the team won the 2006 NBA D-League Championship by defeating the Fort Worth Flyers in the championship game. In the 2006-07 season, they again made the playoffs, but were defeated by the Colorado 14ers. The Thunderbirds moved in 2010 to the Santa Ana Star Center in suburban Rio Rancho and were re-branded as the New Mexico Thunderbirds. They played just one season in Rio Rancho, finishing ninth and failing to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.


It was announced on July 7, 2011 the Thunderbirds had been purchased by the Cleveland Cavaliers and were moving to Canton, Ohio, for the 2011–12 season.[2] Alex Jensen was named the first head coach of the Charge on October 11. On October 13, the Canton Charge name, logo, colors, and court design were unveiled.[3] On October 20, the team announced the first two players of the new team: Keith McLeod and Jamine Peterson.[4] On October 25, the new uniforms were released.[5] In the 2011 NBA D-League Draft, the Canton Charge selected Tyrell Biggs in the first round.[6] In their first game as the Canton Charge, they were defeated by the 2010-11 champions Iowa Energy in an 82-100 game at home.[7] Their first win came against the Texas Legends in their third game, which they won by 108-87.[8]

Steve Hetzel was named head coach on September 11, 2013, for 2013–14.[9]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

Huntsville Flight (2001–2005)[edit]

The first logo of the team, when it still was the Huntsville Flight, consisted of a yellow basketball with a red fighter aircraft flying around the ball, and below it was written "Huntsville" in blue and "Flight" in yellow. Their colors were red, yellow, navy and white. The home uniform was white with "Huntsville" and the numbers written in red, near the arm and in the neck there were black and navy little lines. Their away uniform was similar, but it was red instead of white and the numbers in yellow.

Albuquerque/New Mexico Thunderbirds (2005–2011)[edit]

Their logo as Albuquerque and New Mexico was the same, with just one difference, the name written below the logo. The logo consisted on a bird black head, with a basketball in its claw. Their colors were dark yellow, black, white and orange. As New Mexico, they removed the orange color and replaced with grey. Their home uniform was white, with "Thunderbirds" and the numbers written in orange, and black details on the side of the jersey. The away uniform was orange, with black details, and letters ("Albuquerque") in white. As New Mexico, it had a little change, the away uniform used "T-Birds" instead of "New Mexico".

Canton Charge (2011–present)[edit]

Under the Cleveland Cavaliers ownership, the Charge adopted a similar style. The logo consists of a musketeer style soldier, with his sword pointing forward, and below him there is written "Canton Charge" in gold and white. The musketeer hat is wine and his clothes are gold. Their colors are wine, gold and white. They have an alternate logo, similar to the "C Sword Logo" from the Cavaliers, with a sword crossing a "C". Their home uniform is gold with details, "Charge" and the numbers written in wine. The away uniform is the same thing with the colors swapped.

Home arenas[edit]


Season Division Regular season Playoffs
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Huntsville Flight
2001–02 5th 26 30 .464
2002–03 8th 22 28 .440
2003–04 3rd 24 22 .522 Won Semifinals (Charleston) 108–100
Lost D-League Finals (Asheville) 106–108
2004–05 3rd 27 21 .563 Lost Semifinals (Asheville) 86–90
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2005–06 2nd 26 22 .542 Won Semifinals (Florida) 80–71
Won D-League Finals (Fort Worth) 119–108
2006–07 Western 3rd 24 26 .480 Lost Semifinals (Colorado) 100–130
2007–08 Southwestern 4th 22 28 .440
2008–09 Southwestern 3rd 24 26 .480
2009–10 Western 7th 18 32 .360
New Mexico Thunderbirds
2010–11 Western 9th 20 30 .400
Canton Charge
2011–12 Eastern 4th 27 23 .540 Won First Round (Springfield) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Austin) 1–2
2012–13 Eastern 1st 30 20 .600 Lost First Round (Tulsa) 1–2
2013–14 Eastern 2nd 28 22 .560 Lost First Round (Sioux Falls) 1–2
2014–15 Atlantic 2nd 31 19 .620 Won First Round (Sioux Falls) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Fort Wayne) 0–2
2015–16 Central 2nd 31 19 .620 Won First Round (Maine) 2–0
Lost Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 0–2
2016–17 Central 3rd 29 21 .580 Lost First Round (Raptors) 0–2
Regular season 409 389 .513 2001–2017
Playoffs 12 16 .429 2001–2017

Current roster[edit]

Canton Charge roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 18 Beverly, Gerald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1993–11–18 Daemen
G 1 Crawford, Jordon 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 150 lb (68 kg) 1990–07–17 Bowling Green
C 17 Dunigan, Michael (I) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–07–02 Oregon
G/F 11 Holland, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1988–11–06 Boston University
F 33 Holmes, Jonathan 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 1992–12–09 Texas
F 27 Horford, Jon 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1991–10–16 Florida
G 9 Jones, Cameron 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1989–05–04 Northern Arizona
G/F 21 Jones, Roosevelt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1993–01–25 Butler
F/C 25 Moreland, Eric 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 1991–12–24 Oregon State
G 0 Olekaibe, Kevin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–01–28 UNLV
G 10 Williams, Mike 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–10–27 Cal State Fullerton
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2017–03–26


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