Reno Bighorns

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Reno Bighorns
Reno Bighorns logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2008
History Reno Bighorns
2008–present
Arena Reno Events Center
Location Reno, Nevada
Team colors Green, blue, gold, white[1]
                   
Team manager Peja Stojaković
Head coach Darrick Martin
Ownership Vivek Ranadivé
Affiliation(s) Sacramento Kings
Championships 0
Division / Conference titles 2 (2011), (2015)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/reno/

The Reno Bighorns are a National Basketball Association (NBA) Development League team based in Reno, Nevada. The Bighorns began play in the 2008–09 season, and play their home games at the Reno Events Center. Their namesake is the desert bighorn sheep, which is the state animal of Nevada.[2] Their NBA parent club is the Sacramento Kings, which also owns the Bighorns.

Two previous Reno basketball teams were named the Bighorns; one from the defunct Western Basketball Association and one from the Continental Basketball Association which played for the 1982–83 season.[3] The team colors of green, tan, and blue are designed to be an allusion to nearby Lake Tahoe.[2] The Bighorns are currently only affiliated with the Sacramento Kings, which has been with the team since its inception in 2008. Reno has previously affiliated with the New York Knicks (2008–09), Orlando Magic (2009–10), Golden State Warriors (2010–11), Atlanta Hawks (2011–12), Memphis Grizzlies (2011–13), and the Utah Jazz (2012–13).

History[edit]

During the 2014–15 season the Bighorns led the NBA D-League in scoring[4] and also in call-ups to the NBA with seven.[5] The performance of the team and players like Brady Heslip and Sim Bhullar garnered media attention in not only the Reno area[6] but also on a national scale with national outlets like The Dan Patrick Show[7] and CBS' The Late Late Show [8] putting a spotlight on the team. Head coach David Arseneault Jr. and his offense, called "The System"[9] were profiled by The Guardian in late February 2015 in an article that put a spotlight on the coach's innovative game plan that he helped to develop with his father at Grinnell College.[10]

On October 20, 2016, the Bighorns were purchased by their parent club, the Sacramento Kings, after being affiliated with the team since its inaugural season.[11] With the purchase, the Bighorns became the fifteenth D-League team to become directly owned its parent club.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason results
Reno Bighorns
2008–09 Western 4th 25 25 .500
2009–10 Western 3rd 28 22 .560 Lost Round 1 (Rio Grande Valley) 2–1
2010–11 Western 1st 34 16 .680 Won Round 1 (Erie) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 0–2
2011–12 Western 7th 21 29 .420
2012–13 Western 5th 16 34 .320
2013–14 Western 3rd 27 23 .540 Lost Round 1 (Fort Wayne) 2–0
2014–15 Western 3rd 20 30 .400
2015–16 Western 1st 33 17 .660 1st Round: Lost to Los Angeles 1–2
Regular season 204 196 .510
Playoffs 4 9 .308

Current roster[edit]

Reno Bighorns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 24 Behanan, Chane 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1992–09–24 Louisville
G 21 Branch, Jamal 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1992–09–30 St. John's
G 10 Cousins, Isaiah 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 1994–03–13 Oklahoma
F/C 0 Davis, Will 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1992–11–09 UC Irvine
G 4 Griffin, Cam (I) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1993–10–26 Denver
G 37 Hearn, Reggie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991–08–14 Northwestern
G 5 Howard, Pe'Shon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990–12–10 Southern California
F 2 Jack, Kadeem (I) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1992–10–27 Rutgers
F/C 19 Labissière, Skal (NBA) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1996–03–18 Kentucky
F 7 Major, Renaldo 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1982–05–07 Fresno State
G 14 Marshall, Kendall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1991–08–19 North Carolina
C 50 Papagiannis, Georgios (NBA) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1997–07–03 American School (GRE)
G/F 13 Patterson, Lamar 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1991–08–12 Pittsburgh
G 9 Richardson, Malachi (NBA) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996–01–05 Syracuse
G 1 Tyndale, Mark 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1986–01–04 Temple
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2016–11–30

Notable Bighorns players[edit]

Below are a selection of players who have donned a Reno Bighorns uniform and in what year they played for Reno.[12]

2008–09 • Pat Ewing - currently a free agent • Donte Greene - currently plays overseas • Gerry McNamara - currently an assistant coach at Syracuse University • David Noel - currently plays overseas

2009–10 • Mo Charlo - currently a free agent • Eric Devendorf - currently a free agent • Yaroslav Korolev - currently plays overseas • D.J. Strawberry - currently plays overseas

2010–11 • Nick Fazekas - currently plays overseas • Danny Green - currently plays for the San Antonio SpursJeremy Lin - currently plays for the Brooklyn NetsSteve Novak - currently plays for the Milwaukee BucksPatrick O’Bryant - currently a free agent • Bobby Simmons - currently retired • Salim Stoudamire - currently a free agent • Hassan Whiteside - currently plays for the Miami Heat

2011–12 • Blake Ahearn - currently a free agent • Andre Emmett - currently plays overseas • David Harrison - currently a free agent • Damon Jones - currently retired • Tyler Honeycutt - currently plays overseas • Josh Selby - currently plays overseas • Antoine Wright - currently a free agent

2012–13 • Keyon Dooling - currently retired • Tajuan Porter - currently a free agent • Ralph Sampson III- currently plays for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development LeagueGarrett Temple - currently plays for the Washington WizardsTony Wroten - currently a free agent

2013–14 • Ra’Shad James - currently plays overseas • DeQuan Jones - currently plays overseas • Ray McCallum - currently plays for the San Antonio SpursMikki Moore - currently retired • Royce White - currently a free agent

2014–15 • Sim Bhullar - currently plays in the NBA Development LeagueJordan Hamilton - currently a free agent • Brady Heslip - currently plays overseas • Quincy Miller - currently plays overseas • David Stockton - currently plays in the NBA Development LeagueDavid Wear - currently plays overseas

Affiliates[edit]

Former affiliates [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reno Bighorns Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Media Central. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Reno Unveils Name And Logo For NBA D-League Team". Reno Bighorns. July 31, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "History of the Continental Basketball Association". Apbr.org. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  4. ^ "NBA Inside Stuff: Reno Bighorns High-Scoring Offense | Sacramento Kings". Nba.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  5. ^ "News Archive - Reno Bighorns". Reno Bighorns. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Like offense? The Reno Bighorns are your team". Rgj.com. 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  7. ^ Wise, Jason (2014-12-29). "Brady Heslip on Dan Patrick Show | Sacramento Kings". Nba.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  8. ^ "Sim Bhullar on The Late Late Show 2-26-2015". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  9. ^ "David Arseneault Productions - The Formula for Success". davidarseneaultproductions.info. Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  10. ^ Les Carpenter. "140 points a game – but are the Reno Bighorns a basketball experiment too far? | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 
  11. ^ "Sacramento Kings Buy Controlling Interest in NBA Development League's Reno Bighorns". OurSports Central. October 20, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Reno Bighorns Roster - RealGM". Basketball.realgm.com. Retrieved 2015-12-06. 

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