Maine Red Claws

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Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2009
History Maine Red Claws
Arena Portland Exposition Building
Location Portland, Maine
Team colors Red, green, gray, black[1]
Head coach Scott Morrison
Ownership Maine Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Boston Celtics
Championships 0
Division / Conference titles 2 (2015, 2016)
Website Official website
The Red Claws against the Dakota Wizards in the Portland Exposition Building in January 2011.

The Maine Red Claws are a basketball team of the NBA Development League based in Portland, Maine. It is affiliated to the Boston Celtics.[2] On February 25, 2009, the NBADL awarded the city of Portland, Maine with an expansion franchise.[3] 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 8 seeded team. The team was swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the opening round.[4]

On July 21, 2009 the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first Head Coach of the team.[5] Radio station 96.3 WJJB-FM broadcast the games.[6] 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.[7]

The Red Claws made their first play-off appearance on April 11, 2013, in a 118-120 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the first game of a three-game series.[8][9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Team name[edit]

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[edit]

Season Division Regular Season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Maine Red Claws
2009–10 Eastern 4th 27 23 .540
2010–11 Eastern 5th 18 32 .360
2011–12 Eastern 6th 21 29 .420
2012–13 Eastern 3rd 26 24 .520 First round
2013–14 Eastern 4th 19 31 .380
2014–15 Atlantic 1st 35 15 .700 First Round
2015-16 Atlantic 1st 31 19 .620 First Round
Regular Season Record 177 173 .505 2009–2016
Playoff Record 0 7 .000 2009–2016

2010 draft picks[edit]

  1. Magnum Rolle, Louisiana Tech
  2. Kenny Hayes, Miami (Ohio)
  3. Chamberlain Oguchi, Illinois State
  4. Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota
  5. Tajuan Porter, Oregon
  6. James Lewis, Fresno Pacific
  7. JaJuan Smith, Tennessee
  8. Eugene Spates, Northeastern
  9. Armon Bassett, Ohio University

2011 draft picks[12][edit]

  1. Chris Wright, Dayton
  2. Durrell Summers, Michigan State
  3. Mike Tisdale, Illinois
  4. Charles Okwandu, Connecticut
  5. Sadiel Rojas, Oklahoma Wesleyan
  6. Darren Cooper, University of Portland (Oregon)
  7. Jonathan Dupre, Pepperdine

Players assigned from NBA teams[edit]

Players recalled by NBA teams[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Maine Red Claws roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
C 34 Dixon-Tatum, Asauhn 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991–02–01 Auburn
F 24 Johnson, Omari 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–11–26 Oregon State
F 42 Pinkston, JayVaughn 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–11–27 Villanova
C 50 Sampson, Ralph 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 244 lb (111 kg) 1990–01–05 Minnesota
G 11 Stringer, Andre 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–12–04 LSU
G/F 17 White, Ladarius 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–06–04 Mississippi
G 3 Williams, Coron 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1989–11–23 Wake Forest
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2016–08–02


  1. ^ "Maine Red Claws Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Media Central. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald. 
  3. ^ "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25. 
  4. ^ "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios". 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ Lowe, Mike (June 21, 2012). "Boston Celtics now sole affiliate of Maine Red Claws". The Portland Press Herald. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Furious Red Claws' Rally Falls Short". 
  10. ^ "NBA Development League: Red Claws Will Feature New Head Coach For 2014-15 Season". National Basketball Association. July 16, 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "End of an era". 
  12. ^ "2011 NBA D-League Draft Results". Retrieved 13 November 2011. 

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