Maine Red Claws
|Maine Red Claws|
|League||NBA G League|
|History||Maine Red Claws|
|Arena||Portland Exposition Building|
|Team colors||Red, green, gray, black, white|
|Head coach||Darren Erman|
|Division titles||3 (2015, 2016, 2017)|
The Maine Red Claws are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League, based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws are affiliated with the Boston Celtics, and play their home games at the Portland Expo Building. The team debuted in the 2009-2010 season and have since won three division titles. The team is owned by the Celtics, who purchased the franchise in July 2019 from Maine Basketball, LLC, a company chaired by William Ryan, Jr.
On February 25, 2009, the NBA G-League awarded the city of Portland, Maine, with an expansion franchise. On July 21, 2009, the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first head coach of the team. During the 2009–10 season, the Red Claws were the only D-League team to sell out all 24 of their home games. This streak continued until the 2011–12 season, ending the streak at 48 consecutive games.
The Red Claws made their first playoff appearance in April 2013, entering the playoffs as the eighth seeded team and being swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a best-of-three-game opening round series.
On July 16, 2014, the Red Claws announced that Mike Taylor would not return for a third season as the team's head coach. He had a 45–55 record as coach over two seasons with the team. He was replaced by Canadian Scott Morrison after 11 seasons as the head coach of Lakehead University's Lakehead Thunderwolves. Morrison spent the 2013–14 season as a D-League assistant. On June 21, 2017, Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics head coach, named him as an assistant coach with the Celtics.
On July 25, 2019, the Celtics announced they would purchase the Red Claws franchise from original owners Bill Ryan and Bill Ryan, Jr. Before the sale, the Red Claws had been one of the few remaining independently-owned NBA G League franchises. Their sale to the Celtics continues a trend of NBA teams purchasing their G League affiliates.
On April 2, 2009, "Red Claws" was announced as the winning name after a name-the-team contest. Voters in the contest could choose from the Red Claws, Beacons, Crushers, Destroyers, Swarm and Traps. The name and logo give homage to the lobster fishing industry, a major economic engine of the New England area. The use of "Red" in the team's name also serves to pay tribute to longtime Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.
|Season||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Maine Red Claws|
|2012–13||Eastern||3rd||26||24||.520||Lost First round (Rio Grande) 0–2|
|2014–15||Atlantic||1st||35||15||.700||Lost First Round (Fort Wayne) 0–2|
|2015–16||Atlantic||1st||31||19||.620||Lost First Round (Canton Charge) 0–2|
|2016–17||Atlantic||1st||29||21||.580||Won First Round (Fort Wayne) 2–1|
Lost Semifinals (Raptors) 0–2
|Regular season record||242||258||.484||2009–2019|
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|4||Scott Morrison||2014–17||150||95||55||.633||9||2||7||.221||NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2015)|
Maine Red Claws roster
Players assigned from NBA teams
- Bill Walker – assigned by the Boston Celtics on November 21, 2009
- Alexis Ajinca – assigned by the Charlotte Bobcats on November 30, 2009
- Lester Hudson – assigned by the Boston Celtics on December 15 and December 26, 2009
- Sherron Collins – assigned by the Charlotte Bobcats on December 8, 2010
- Avery Bradley – assigned by the Boston Celtics on January 14, 2011
- Craig Brackins – assigned by the Philadelphia 76ers on February 7, 2012
- Fab Melo – assigned by the Boston Celtics on November 14, 2012
- Kris Joseph – assigned by the Boston Celtics on November 14, 2012
- MarShon Brooks - assigned by the Boston Celtics on January 1, 2014
- Rajon Rondo – assigned by the Boston Celtics on January 15, 2014
- Vitor Faverani - assigned by the Boston Celtics on January 25, 2014
- Vander Blue - assigned by the Boston Celtics on January 31, 2014
- Jordan Mickey - assigned by the Boston Celtics on November 5, 2015
- Terry Rozier - assigned by the Boston Celtics on November 5, 2015
Players recalled by NBA teams
- Lester Hudson – recalled by the Boston Celtics on December 20, 2009.
- Bill Walker – recalled by the Boston Celtics on December 23, 2009.
- Alexis Ajinça – recalled by the Charlotte Bobcats on February 2, 2010.
- Sherron Collins – recalled by the Charlotte Bobcats on December 21, 2010
- Avery Bradley – recalled by the Boston Celtics on February 7, 2011
- Craig Brackins – recalled by the Philadelphia 76ers on March 2, 2012
- Rajon Rondo – recalled by the Boston Celtics on January 15, 2014
- Jordan Mickey - recalled by the Boston Celtics on January 16, 2016
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