||It has been suggested that Erie BayHawks (2017–) be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since February 2017.|
|League||NBA Development League|
Lakeland, Florida, in 2017
|Arena||Erie Insurance Arena|
|Team colors||Red, gold, black, white
|Head coach||Bill Peterson|
|Division / Conference titles||0|
The Erie BayHawks are a professional basketball team based in Erie, Pennsylvania. They are part of the NBA Development League (D-League), which is the National Basketball Association's official minor league. The team was established in 2008 as an expansion team, originally affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Philadelphia 76ers. In 2014, they entered a three-year affiliation agreement with the Orlando Magic. On December 14, 2016, it was announced that the Magic had bought the Erie BayHawks franchise and intend to relocate it to Lakeland, Florida, prior to the 2017–18 season. The BayHawks organization will continue to operate using the Atlanta Hawks D-League franchise for at least two seasons until their new arena is completed in College Park, Georgia.
The "BayHawks" name alludes to the Presque Isle Bay, on which Erie lies. The hawk represents the city's wildlife and naval history, especially because hawks were used by naval expeditions to send important messages. The team's colors of black, red, and gold pay homage to the Erie-based Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and to the United States Navy uniforms worn during the War of 1812.
- 1 History
- 2 Logos and uniforms
- 3 Season-by-season records
- 4 Current roster
- 5 High points
- 6 Affiliates
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Erie BayHawks made headlines on January 17, 2012, when Jeremy Lin was assigned to the team. On January 20, he had a triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists in the BayHawks' 122–113 victory over the Maine Red Claws. Lin was recalled by the Knicks three days later. In December 2012, the Knicks assigned NBA veteran Amar'e Stoudemire to the BayHawks because of an injury.
In 2012, the Knicks offered the BayHawks head coach position to Patrick Ewing, one of their most prominent alumni. However, he turned down the offer citing his desire to coach in the National Basketball Association as opposed to the D-League. Ewing has worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, and Orlando Magic.
The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) officially partnered with the Erie BayHawks in 2008. As part of the deal, LECOM is the team's official presenter and medical provider. Additionally, the school's name is featured on the BayHawks' jerseys and court design. In September 2012, the BayHawks extended their partnership with LECOM to 2018. Furthermore, they will continue to work out and practice at the LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center.
In 2014, the Knicks ended their affiliation with Erie in favor of starting an expansion D-League franchise, the Westchester Knicks, forcing the BayHawks to find a new affiliate. In April 2014, the BayHawks entered talks for a hybrid relationship with the Orlando Magic and a deal was announced May 19, 2014.
In January 2016, the Magic announced their intentions to have their own D-League team in Florida but stated that it would be an expansion team and not a relocation of the BayHawks. However, in December 2016, the Magic purchased the BayHawks and announced they would be relocating the team to Lakeland, Florida, for the 2017–18 season, becoming the seventeenth NBA team to own a D-League franchise. In response to the purchase, the BayHawks' local management and former owners also announced that they are attempting to secure another franchise to replace the now Magic-owned BayHawks franchise to play in Erie.
In January 2017, it was announced that the Atlanta Hawks would temporarily place their D-League affiliate in Erie for the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons under the operations of the Erie BayHawks. The Atlanta Hawks had already announced their intentions of placing their D-League team in College Park, Georgia, for the 2019–20 season.
Logos and uniforms
The official colors of the Erie BayHawks are red, black, and gold. The primary logo depicts a red and black hawk in flight with a gold beak and talons. The hawk is superimposed over a gold basketball and a partial, black roundel charged with the "Erie" typeface. The "BayHawks" wordmark is centered over the entire design in white letters with black outline.
|2008–09||--||Central||3rd||27||23||.540||Lost First Round (Colorado, 108–129)|
|2010–11||Eastern||--||2nd||32||18||.640||Lost First Round (Reno, 1–2)|
|2011–12||Eastern||--||3rd||28||22||.560||Lost First Round (Austin, 1–2)|
|186||214||.465||Regular season results|
|2||5||.286||Post-season results (Series record: 0–3) (.000)|
|188||219||.462||Regular and post-season results|
Erie BayHawks roster
NBADL All-Rookie Second Team
- Tasmin Mitchell - 2011
All-NBADL First Team
All-NBADL Third Team
NBADL All-Defensive Second Team
- Ivan Johnson - 2011
- Cleveland Cavaliers (2008–2011)
- Philadelphia 76ers (2008–2009)
- Toronto Raptors (2009–2011)
- New York Knicks (2011–2014)
- Orlando Magic (2014–present)
- "Erie BayHawks Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Media Central. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
- "Magic and BayHawks Enter Single Affiliation Partnership Team". Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "BayHawks Selected as Name for Erie's New NBA Development League Basketball Team". Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Knicks Send Two Bench Warmers to D-League". The New York Times. January 17, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
- "Lin Picks Up Triple-Double As Erie Drops Maine 122–113". NBA. January 20, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2012.
- "Knicks Recall Jordan & Lin". NBA. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "Knicks assign Stoudemire to BayHawks". Erie Times-News. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Ewing rejects Knicks' offer to coach D-League club". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
- "Erie BayHawks Announce Partnership With LECOM". NBA.com. Retrieved September 18, 2012.
- "BayHawks sign 5-year extension with LECOM". Erie Times-News. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
- "Knicks seek to relocate D-League affiliation from Erie". Erie Times-News. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- "Orlando Magic get D-League affiliate in Erie BayHawks". USA Today. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
- "Orlando Magic officially looking to bring D-League team to Florida". Orlando Magic Daily. January 7, 2016.
- "Orlando Magic Purchase NBA D-League's Erie BayHawks". OurSports Central. December 14, 2016.
- "Local BayHawks Management Issues Statement on the Future of the NBA". OurSports Central. December 14, 2016.
- "Atlanta Hawks' NBA D-League Team to Begin Play in 2017". OurSports Central. January 31, 2017.