Sioux Falls Skyforce
|Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|League||NBA G League|
|History||Sioux Falls Skyforce
CBA: 1989–2000; 2001–2006
NBA D-League/G League: 2006–present
|Location||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Team colors||Red, yellow, black
|Team manager||Jeremy DeCurtins|
|Head coach||Nevada Smith|
|Ownership||Miami Heat (Micky Arison)
Heineman family (Minority stake)
|Championships||2 CBA (1996, 2005)
1 NBA D-League (2016)
|Division / Conference titles||3 CBA (1996, 1997, 1999)
2 NBA D-League (2015, 2016)
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).
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".
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.
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. 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. 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.
|Sioux Falls Skyforce|
|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 NC 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 NC 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 NC 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||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|
|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
|2009–10||D-League||Eastern||2nd||32||18||.640||Lost Round 1 (Tulsa) 1–2|
|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
- The CBA folded in the middle of the 2000–01 season.
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|1||Tibbetts, NateNate Tibbetts||2007–09||100||53||47||.530||2||1||1||.500|
|2||Fritz, TonyTony Fritz||2009–10||50||32||18||.640||3||1||2||.333|
|3||McHone, MoMo McHone||2010–12||100||25||75||.250||—||—||—||—|
|4||Abelson, JoelJoel Abelson||2012–13||50||25||25||.500||—||—||—||—|
|5||Delany, PatPat Delany||2013–14||50||31||19||.620||5||2||3||.400|
|6||Weber, PhilPhil Weber||2014–15||50||29||21||.580||3||1||2||.333|
|7||Craig, DanDan 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||Smith, NevadaNevada Smith||2016–present||50||29||21||.580||—||—||—||—|
Sioux Falls Skyforce roster
- Miami Heat (2009–present)
- Charlotte Bobcats (2007–2009)
- Detroit Pistons (2006–2007)
- Philadelphia 76ers (2012–2013)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (2006–2013)
- Orlando Magic (2011–2013)
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