Maine Red Claws
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Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws logo
LeagueNBA G League
HistoryMaine Red Claws
ArenaPortland Exposition Building
LocationPortland, Maine
Team colorsRed, green, gray, black, white[1][2]
Head coachDarren Erman
OwnershipBoston Celtics
Affiliation(s)Boston Celtics
Division titles3 (2015, 2016, 2017)
The Red Claws against the Dakota Wizards in the Portland Exposition Building in January 2011.

The Maine Red Claws are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League, based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws play their home games at the Portland Expo Building. The team debuted in the 2009-2010 season and have since won three division titles. The team is owned by the Boston Celtics,[3] who purchased the franchise in July 2019 from Maine Basketball, LLC, a company chaired by William Ryan, Jr.

Franchise history

On February 25, 2009, the NBA G-League awarded the city of Portland, Maine, with an expansion franchise.[4] On July 21, 2009, the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first head coach of the team.[5] During the 2009-10 season, the Red Claws were the only D-League team to sell out all 24 of their home games. This streak continued until the 2011-12 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.[6][7] For the team's first two seasons, their affiliation was split between the Celtics and the Charlotte Bobcats (now known as the Charlotte Hornets). For its third season, the team's affiliation was split between Boston, Charlotte and the Philadelphia 76ers.[8]

The Red Claws made their first playoff appearance in April 2013, entering the playoffs as the eighth seeded team and being swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a best-of-three-game opening round series.[9][10][11]

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.[12] He was replaced by Canadian Scott Morrison after 11 seasons as the head coach of Lakehead University's Lakehead Thunderwolves. Morrison spent the 2013-14 season as a D-League assistant.[13] On June 21, 2017, Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics head coach, named him as an assistant coach with the Celtics.[14]

On July 25, 2019, the Celtics announced they would purchase the Red Claws franchise from original owners Bill Ryan and Bill Ryan, Jr. Before the sale, the Red Claws had been one of the few remaining independently owned NBA G League franchises. Their sale to the Celtics continued the trend of NBA teams purchasing their G League affiliates.[15] The sale was finalized on October 15, 2019.[16]

Team name

On April 2, 2009, "Red Claws" was announced as the winning name after a name-the-team contest.[17] 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.[18]


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 Lost First round (Rio Grande) 0-2
2013-14 Eastern 4th 19 31 .380
2014-15 Atlantic 1st 35 15 .700 Lost First Round (Fort Wayne) 0-2
2015-16 Atlantic 1st 31 19 .620 Lost First Round (Canton Charge) 0-2
2016-17 Atlantic 1st 29 21 .580 Won First Round (Fort Wayne) 2-1
Lost Semifinals (Raptors) 0-2
2017-18 Atlantic 4th 17 33 .340
2018-19 Atlantic 5th 19 31 .380
2019-20 Atlantic 1st 28 14 .667 Season cancelled by COVID-19 pandemic
Regular season record 270 272 .498 2009-2020
Playoff record 2 9 .182 2009-2020

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Austin Ainge 2009-11 100 45 55 .450 -- -- -- --
2 Dave Leitao 2011-12 50 21 29 .420 -- -- -- --
3 Mike Taylor 2012-14 100 45 55 .450 2 0 2 .000
4 Scott Morrison 2014-17 150 95 55 .633 9 2 7 .221 NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2015)
5 Brandon Bailey 100 36 64 .360 -- -- -- --
6 Darren Erman 42 28 14 .667 -- -- -- --

Current roster

Players assigned from NBA teams

Players recalled by NBA teams

NBA affiliates


  1. ^ Evans Boston (September 15, 2015). "Contact Us". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Maine Red Claws Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30.
  4. ^ "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "BOSTON CELTICS AND MAINE RED CLAWS ENTER INTO SINGLE AFFILIATION PARTNERSHIP BEGINNING WITH 2012-13 SEASON" (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Toscano, Jimmy (June 21, 2012). "Celtics enter into single affiliation partnership with Red Claws". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Maine Red Claws Add 76ers As Affiliate". CBS Boston. 2011-07-07. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Furious Red Claws' Rally Falls Short". Archived from the original on 2013-04-13.
  10. ^ "RED CLAWS TO OPEN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AT HOME THURSDAY". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14.
  11. ^ "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios". Archived from the original on 2014-12-20. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "NBA Development League: Red Claws Will Feature New Head Coach For 2014-15 Season". National Basketball Association. July 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "End of an era".
  14. ^ Former Wolves coach named assistant with Celtics
  15. ^ "Boston Celtics reach deal to purchase Maine Red Claws". Portland Press Herald. July 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Snow, Taylor. "Celtics Complete Purchase of Maine Red Claws". Maine Red Claws. NBA G League. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "'She's Your Lobster' | Memorable Lobster Moments in Pop Culture". New England Today. 2017-06-15. Retrieved .
  18. ^ "27 Teams In 27 Days: Meet The Maine Red Claws". NBA G League. Retrieved .

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