Sioux Falls Skyforce

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Sioux Falls Skyforce
Sioux Falls Skyforce logo
LeagueNBA G League
Founded1989
HistorySioux Falls Skyforce
1989–present
CBA: 1989–2000; 2001–2006
IBL: 2000–2001
NBA D-League/G League: 2006–present
ArenaSanford Pentagon
LocationSioux Falls, South Dakota
Team colorsRed, yellow, black[1][2]
              
Team managerJeremy DeCurtins
Head coachNevada Smith
OwnershipMiami Heat (Micky Arison)
Heineman family (Minority stake)
Affiliation(s)Miami Heat
Championships2 CBA (1996, 2005)
1 NBA D-League (2016)
Division/Conference titles3 CBA (1996, 1997, 1999)
2 NBA D-League (2015, 2016)
Websitesiouxfalls.gleague.nba.com

The Sioux Falls Skyforce are an American professional basketball team that plays in the NBA G League. They are based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and currently play at Heritage Court in the Sanford Pentagon, a place they have called home since the 2013–14 season. The Skyforce began in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in 1989. They played their home games at Sioux Falls Arena from then until the move to the Pentagon in 2013. They participated in four CBA championship finals, winning the championship trophy in 1996 (defeating the Fort Wayne Fury, four games to one) and 2005 (defeating the Rockford Lightning three games to one).

History[edit]

The teams' name was chosen from two entries in a contest to name the team in 1989 which yielded 1,045 suggestions. The names "Sky" and "Force" were combined to create the "Skyforce".[3]

The Skyforce have also hosted the CBA All-Star Game three times: in 1996, 2000 and 2003.

In 2006, the Skyforce joined the D-League. In their first two seasons in the D-League, they were playoff contenders. In 2009, they suffered a 2-1 series loss in the first round to the Tulsa 66ers. In 2014, they fared a bit better, sweeping the Canton Charge in the first round before being swept by the eventual champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the semifinals. In 2016, the Skyforce won their first D-League championship, defeating the Los Angeles D-Fenders 2 games to 1. The Skyforce also finished the 2016 season 40-10, the winningest regular season record in D-League history.[4]

On June 10, 2013, the Miami Heat announced that they had entered into a single affiliation partnership with the Skyforce, beginning with the 2013–14 season.[5] The Miami Heat signature red/yellow color scheme was adopted into the Skyforce's jerseys, logo, and merchandise following this announcement. On June 1, 2017, the Heat purchased a controlling interest in the Skyforce with the Heineman family retaining their minority share.[6] The former ownership group of Bob Correa, Greg Heineman, Roger Larsen and Tom Walsh purchased the Skyforce from the Kemper Lesnik Organization in May 1993.[7]

Year-by-year record[edit]

Season League Conference Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason results
Sioux Falls Skyforce
1989–90 CBA National Midwest 3rd 20 36 .357
1990–91 CBA American Midwest 3rd 26 30 .464
1991–92 CBA National Northern 4th 24 32 .429
1992–93 CBA National Midwest 3rd 26 30 .464
1993–94 CBA National Midwest 3rd 24 32 .429
1994–95 CBA National Western 2nd 34 22 .607 Lost First Round (Omaha) 1–2
1995–96 CBA National Northern 1st 32 24 .571 Won First Round (Oklahoma City) 3–1
Won Conf. Championship (Florida) 3–2
Won CBA Championship (Fort Wayne) 3–2
1996–97 CBA National 1st 47 9 .839 Lost First Round (Omaha) 2–3
1997–98 CBA National 2nd 31 25 .554 Won Semifinals (Yakima) 3–2
Won Conf. Championship (Fort Wayne) 3–0
Lost CBA Championship (Quad City) 3–4
1998–99 CBA National 1st 32 24 .571 Won First Round (Idaho) 3–2
Won Conf. Championship (Quad City) 3–2
Lost CBA Championship (Connecticut) 1–4
1999–00 CBA National 3rd 30 26 .536 Won First Round (Connecticut) 109–90
Lost Semifinals (La Crosse) 90–99
2000–01[a] CBA National 5th 8 15 .348
2000–01 IBL Western 3rd 16 14 .533 Lost First Round (Rockford) 91–111
2001–02 CBA American 2nd 33 23 .589 Lost Semifinals (Rockford) 1–3
2002–03 CBA National 4th 17 31 .354
2003–04 CBA 5th 23 25 .479
2004–05 CBA Western 2nd 31 17 .646 Won Semifinals (Dakota) 3–2
Won CBA Championship (Rockford) 3–1
2005–06 CBA Western 2nd 30 18 .625 Lost round-robin tournament 0–2
2006–07 D-League Eastern 2nd 30 20 .600 Won Division Semifinals (Fort Worth) 128–105
Lost Division Finals (Dakota) 113–115
2007–08 D-League Central 2nd 28 22 .560 Won Round 1 (Dakota) 101–89
Lost Semifinals (Austin) 93–99
2008–09 D-League Central 4th 25 25 .500
2009–10 D-League Eastern 2nd 32 18 .640 Lost Round 1 (Tulsa) 1–2
2010–11 D-League Eastern 7th 10 40 .200
2011–12 D-League Eastern 7th 15 35 .292
2012–13 D-League Central 4th 25 25 .500
2013–14 D-League Central 2nd 31 19 .620 Won Round 1 (Canton) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Fort Wayne) 0–2
2014–15 D-League Eastern Central 1st 29 21 .580 Lost Round 1 (Canton) 1–2
2015–16 D-League Eastern Central 1st 40 10 .800 Won Round 1 (Westchester) 2–0
Won Round 2 (Canton) 2–0
Won D-League Championship (Los Angeles) 2–1
2016–17 D-League Western Southwest 3rd 29 21 .580
2017–18 G League Western Midwest 2nd 25 25 .500
Regular season 803 687 .539 1989–2018
Playoffs 48 43 .527 1989–2018
  1. ^ The CBA folded in the middle of the 2000–01 season.

Head coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Nate Tibbetts 2007–09 100 53 47 .530 2 1 1 .500
2 Tony Fritz 2009–10 50 32 18 .640 3 1 2 .333
3 Mo McHone 2010–12 100 25 75 .250
4 Joel Abelson 2012–13 50 25 25 .500
5 Pat Delany 2013–14 50 31 19 .620 5 2 3 .400
6 Phil Weber 2014–15 50 29 21 .580 3 1 2 .333
7 Dan Craig 2015–16 50 40 10 .800 7 6 1 .857 NBA D-League Coach of the Year: 2015–16
NBA D-League All-Star Game coach: 2016
8 Nevada Smith 2016–present 100 54 46 .540

Current roster[edit]

Sioux Falls Skyforce roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 11 Chatman, Austin 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1993–04–28 Creighton
G 4 Cooke, Charles 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 1994–07–01 Dayton
F 24 Lee, Marcus 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1994–09–14 California
G 23 Liggins, DeAndre 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1988–03–31 Kentucky
F 10 Maten, Yante (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1996–08–14 Georgia
G 7 Newman, Malik 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–02–21 Kansas
G 1 Palo, Bubu 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 181 lb (82 kg) 1991–07–09 Iowa State
G 5 Purvis, Rodney 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1994–02–14 Connecticut
F 6 Putney, Raphiael 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1990–04–21 Massachusetts
G/F 2 Robinson, Duncan (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–04–22 Michigan
F 9 Stokes, Jarnell 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1994–01–07 Tennessee
G 0 Weber, Brianté 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1992–12–29 Virginia Commonwealth
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–12–09

Affiliates[edit]

Former affiliates[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staff Directory". SiouxFalls.GLeague.NBA.com. NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sioux Falls Skyforce Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Sports Digest". United Press International. May 17, 1989.
  4. ^ "2016 NBA Development League Champions, Sioux Falls Skyforce". NBA Development League. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Miami HEAT Enter Into Single Affiliation Partnership With NBA Development League".
  6. ^ "Miami Heat purchase controlling interest of Skyforce, keep Heinemans as chief business operators". KWSN. June 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Team History". NBA Development League. Retrieved June 1, 2017.

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