Fort Wayne Mad Ants

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Fort Wayne Mad Ants logo
League NBA G League
Founded 2007
History Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2007–present
Arena Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Location Fort Wayne, Indiana
Team colors Navy blue, gold, cool gray[1][2]
              
General manager Brian Levy
Head coach Steve Gansey
Ownership Indiana Pacers
Affiliation(s) Indiana Pacers
Championships 1 (2014)
Conference titles 2 (2014, 2015)
Division titles 2 (2014, 2018)
Website fortwayne.gleague.nba.com

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the home venue for the team. The team is the first minor league basketball franchise to play in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. The Mad Ants won their first D-League championship in 2014. In September 2015, the Indiana Pacers purchased the Mad Ants, which thus became the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate.[3]

History

The franchise held a name-the-team contest on their website where fans could vote on one of the four finalists: Lightning, Fire, Coyotes, and Mad Ants. The winning name of Mad Ants was chosen as a salute to the city's and fort's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.[4]

For the 2007–08 season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne by industrialist and piston manufacturing company owner Fred Zollner as the Zollner Pistons, before moving to Detroit in 1957. The Mad Ants added the Milwaukee Bucks as their third affiliate for the 2008–09 season. The Bucks were previously a parent club for the Tulsa 66ers until Professional Basketball Club, LLC (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder) purchased the 66ers to be Oklahoma City's exclusive affiliate.[5]

In 2012–13, the Mad Ants, in addition to their affiliations with the Pistons, Pacers, and Bucks, were also affiliated with the Charlotte Bobcats.[6]

In 2013–14, the Mad Ants made it through to the D-League Finals for the first time with a 126–118 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, winning the second round series 2–0.[7] The Mad Ants defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 2–0 in the Finals series to claim their first D-League title in franchise history.[8] Following that season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the remaining NBA teams that did not have exclusive affiliates, after the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic associated with the Bakersfield Jam and the Erie BayHawks respectively, and D-League teams were created for both the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.

In September 2015, Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) purchased the Mad Ants, thus making the team the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate. Brian Levy was named General Manager by PS&E.[9] In 2017, the Mad Ants changed their colors to navy blue, gold, cool gray and white, the same colors as their parent club the Indiana Pacers.

Season-by-season

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2007–08 Central 4th 17 33 .340
2008–09 Central 5th 19 31 .380
2009–10 Eastern 5th 22 28 .440
2010–11 Eastern 3rd 24 26 .480
2011–12 Eastern 8th 14 36 .280
2012–13 Eastern 2nd 27 23 .540 Lost First Round (Santa Cruz) 0–2
2013–14 Eastern 1st 34 16 .680 Won First Round (Reno) 2–0
Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 2–0
Won Championship (Santa Cruz) 2–0
2014–15 Central 2nd 28 22 .560 Won First Round (Maine) 2–0
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2–0
Lost Championship (Santa Cruz) 0–2
2015–16 Central 5th 20 30 .400
2016–17 Central 2nd 30 20 .600 Lost First Round (Maine) 1–2
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2017–18 Central 1st 29 21 .580 Lost Conf. Semifinal (Erie) 116–119
Regular season record 264 286 .480 2007–2018
Playoff record 11 7 .611 2007–2018

Current roster

Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 32 Dukan, Duje 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) 1991–12–04 Wisconsin
G/F 17 Hicks, Stephan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–04–02 Cal State Northridge
G 6 Hollins, Tra-Deon 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995–08–22 Omaha
G 1 Hornbeak, Je'lon 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1994–05–01 Monmouth
G 15 Lemon, Walter 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–07–26 Bradley
G 11 McKinney-Jones, Trey 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1990–08–27 Miami (FL)
G 3 Orris, Michael 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994–08–08 South Dakota State
F 20 Uthoff, Jarrod 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–05–19 Iowa
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

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2018–05–05

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Jackson, JarenJaren Jackson 2007–09 100 36 64 .360
2 Meyer, JoeyJoey Meyer 2009–12 150 60 90 .400
3 Ticknor, DuaneDuane Ticknor 2012–13 50 27 23 .540 2 0 2 .000
4 Henry, ConnerConner Henry 2013–15 100 62 38 .620 12 10 2 .833 Won Championship (2013–14)
5 Gansey, SteveSteve Gansey 2015–present 150 79 71 .527 4 1 3 .250

Affiliates

In popular culture

See also

References

  1. ^ Wiening, Logan (July 8, 2017). "Mad Ants Unveil New Look at Three Rivers Festival Parade". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Fort Wayne Mad Ants Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Pacers buy D-League's Mad Ants to enhance player development
  4. ^ "The Ants Are Coming!". NBA Development League. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2017. 
  5. ^ "NBA Development League". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 
  6. ^ Greene, Dana (July 17, 2012). "Reno Bighorns new Jazz D-League affiliate". ABC4.com. KTVX. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ NBA Development League: Skyforce at Mad Ants Game Info
  8. ^ Fort Wayne Mad Ants Capture 2014 NBA Development League Title Archived 2014-04-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Brian Levy Named General Manager of Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  10. ^ Warden, Steve (25 September 2008). "TV plot bringing team to 'Tree Hill'". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

External links

  • Fort Wayne Mad Ants official website
  • Allen County War Memorial Coliseum website
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