Maine Red Claws
|Maine Red Claws|
|League||NBA G League|
|History||Maine Red Claws
|Arena||Portland Exposition Building|
|Team colors||Red, green, black, white
|Head coach||Brandon Bailey|
|Ownership||Maine Basketball, LLC|
|Division / Conference titles||3 (2015, 2016, 2017)|
The Maine Red Claws are a professional minor league basketball team based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws compete in the NBA G League and are affiliated with the Boston Celtics. The team played its first season in 2009–10. The team's home court is the Portland Expo Building. The team is owned by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is chaired by William Ryan, Jr. The Red Claws made their first playoff appearance on April 6, 2013, as the eighth seeded team and was swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the opening round.
On February 25, 2009, the NBA D-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.
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 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 by season
|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||206||194||.515||2009–2017|
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|1||Ainge, AustinAustin Ainge||2009–11||110||55||55||.500||—||—||—||—|
|2||Leitao, DaveDave Leitao||2011–12||50||21||29||.420||—||—||—||—|
|3||Taylor, MikeMike Taylor||2012–14||100||45||55||.450||2||0||2||.000|
|4||Morrison, ScottScott Morrison||2014–17||150||95||55||.633||9||2||7||.221||NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2015)|
|5||Bailey, BrandonBrandon Bailey||2017–present||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
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
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
Maine Red Claws roster
- "Maine Red Claws Unveil New Logo". Maine Red Claws. April 30, 2009. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
The team's official colors will be green, white, red and black.
- "Maine Red Claws Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Media Central. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
- Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald.
- "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios".
- "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25.
- Lowe, Mike (June 21, 2012). "Boston Celtics now sole affiliate of Maine Red Claws". The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2012.
- "Furious Red Claws' Rally Falls Short".
- "RED CLAWS TO OPEN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AT HOME THURSDAY".
- "NBA Development League: Red Claws Will Feature New Head Coach For 2014-15 Season". National Basketball Association. July 16, 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
- "End of an era".
- Former Wolves coach named assistant with Celtics