Fort Wayne Mad Ants
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|League||NBA Development League|
|History||Fort Wayne Mad Ants
|Arena||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|Location||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Team colors||Crimson, yellow, black, white
|General manager||Brian Levy|
|Head coach||Steve Gansey|
|Division / Conference titles||1 (2014)|
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are a team of the NBA Development League, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the home venue for the team. The team is the first minor league basketball franchise to play in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. The Mad Ants won their first D-League championship in 2014. In September 2015, the Indiana Pacers purchased the Mad Ants, thus becoming the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate.
The franchise held a name-the-team contest on their website where fans could vote on one of the four finalists: Lightning, Fire, Coyotes, and Mad Ants. The winning name of Mad Ants was chosen as a salute to the city's and fort's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
For the 2007–08 season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne by industrialist and piston manufacturing company owner Fred Zollner as the Zollner Pistons, before moving to Detroit in 1957. The Mad Ants added the Milwaukee Bucks as their third affiliate for the 2008–09 season. The Bucks were previously a parent club for the Tulsa 66ers until Professional Basketball Club, LLC (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder), purchased the 66ers to be Oklahoma City's exclusive affiliate.
In 2013–14, the Mad Ants made it through to the D-League Finals for the first time with a 126–118 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, winning the second round series 2–0. The Mad Ants defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 2–0 in the Finals series to claim their first D-League title in franchise history. Following that season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the remaining NBA teams that did not have exclusive affiliates, after the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic associated with the Bakersfield Jam and the Erie BayHawks respectively, and D-League teams were created for both the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.
|Season||Division||Regular Season||Postseason Results|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2012–13||Eastern||2nd||27||23||.540||Lost First Round (Santa Cruz) 0–2|
|2013–14||Eastern||1st||34||16||.680||Won First Round (Reno) 2–0
Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 2–0
Won Championship (Santa Cruz) 2–0
|2014–15||Central||2nd||28||22||.560||Won First Round (Maine) 2–0
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2–0
Lost Championship (Santa Cruz) 0–2
|Regular Season Record||185||215||.456||2007–2016|
Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster
- Indiana Pacers (2007–present)
- Detroit Pistons (2007–2015)
- Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2015)
- Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (2012–2015)
- Toronto Raptors (2014–2015)
- Atlanta Hawks (2014–2015)
- Brooklyn Nets (2014–2015)
- Chicago Bulls (2014–2015)
- Denver Nuggets (2014–2015)
- Los Angeles Clippers (2014–2015)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)
- New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2015)
- Portland Trail Blazers (2014–2015)
- Washington Wizards (2014–2015)
- 2014–15 teams
In popular culture
- In the television series One Tree Hill episode "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It", James Lafferty's character Nathan Scott receives an offer to coach the team. The episode originally aired September 29, 2008 on The CW Network.
- Pacers buy D-League's Mad Ants to enhance player development
- "The Ants Are Coming!". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- "NBA Development League". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- Greene, Dana (July 17, 2012). "Reno Bighorns new Jazz D-League affiliate". ABC4.com. KTVX. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- NBA Development League: Skyforce at Mad Ants Game Info
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants Capture 2014 NBA Development League Title
- Brian Levy Named General Manager of Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Warden, Steve (25 September 2008). "TV plot bringing team to 'Tree Hill'". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-01.