Maine Red Claws
|Maine Red Claws|
|League||NBA Development League|
|History||Maine Red Claws
|Arena||Portland Exposition Building|
|Team colors||Red, green, black, white
|Head coach||Scott Morrison|
|Ownership||Maine Basketball, LLC|
|Division / Conference titles||2 (2015, 2016)|
The Maine Red Claws are a professional minor league basketball team based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws compete in the NBA Development League, and are affiliated with the Boston Celtics. On February 25, 2009, the NBADL awarded the city of Portland, Maine with an expansion franchise. The team began playing in the 2009–2010 season. 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 8th seeded team and was swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the opening round.
On July 21, 2009 the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first head coach of the team. Radio station 96.3 WJJB-FM broadcast the games. This streak continued for the second season and was cut short during the 2011-2012 season, ending the streak at 48 consecutive games.
On June 21, 2012, the Red Claws announced that they had entered a "hybrid" affiliation with the Boston Celtics, making the Celtics the Red Claws' sole affiliate.
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. On August 15, 2014 it was announced Canadian Scott Morrison would assume the reins, 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 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) 2–0|
|2014–15||Atlantic||1st||35||15||.700||Lost First Round (Fort Wayne) 2–0|
|2015–16||Atlantic||1st||31||19||.620||Lost First Round (Canton Charge) 2–0|
|Regular Season Record||177||173||.505||2009–2016|
2010 draft picks
- Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech
- Kenny Hayes, Miami (Ohio)
- Chamberlain Oguchi, Illinois State
- Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
- Tajuan Porter, Oregon
- James Lewis, Fresno Pacific
- JaJuan Smith, Tennessee
- Eugene Spates, Northeastern
- Armon Bassett, Ohio University
- Chris Wright, Dayton
- Durrell Summers, Michigan State
- Mike Tisdale, Illinois
- Charles Okwandu, Connecticut
- Sadiel Rojas, Oklahoma Wesleyan
- Darren Cooper, University of Portland (Oregon)
- Jonathan Dupre, Pepperdine
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 September 14, 2016.
- Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald.
- "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25.
- "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios".
- "IT'S OFFICIAL!!! NBDL Coming to Portland, WJAB TO BE FLAGSHIP BROADCAST STATION". The CMSB. 2009-02-25.. During the 2009–2010 season, the Red Claws were the only NBA Development League team to sell out all 24 of their home games.
- 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".
- "2011 NBA D-League Draft Results". Retrieved 13 November 2011.