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Springfield Armor
Grand Rapids Drive
Grand Rapids Drive logo
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2006
HistoryAnaheim Arsenal
2006-2009
Springfield Armor
2009-2014
Grand Rapids Drive
2014-present
ArenaDeltaPlex Arena
LocationWalker, Michigan
Team colorsRed, blue, white[1][2]
     
PresidentBen Wallace
Head coachVacant
OwnershipSSJ Group
Affiliation(s)Detroit Pistons
Championships0
0
Division titles1 (2018-19)
Websitegrandrapids.gleague.nba.com

The Grand Rapids Drive are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began as the Anaheim Arsenal in 2006, before relocating to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2009, becoming the Springfield Armor. After five seasons in Springfield, the franchise moved to Grand Rapids in 2014 and were subsequently renamed the Grand Rapids Drive. They play their home games at the DeltaPlex Arena in Walker, Michigan.

Franchise history

2006-2009: Anaheim Arsenal

The franchise began in 2006 as the Anaheim Arsenal as an expansion team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). Based in Anaheim, California, and playing at the Anaheim Convention Center, the Arsenal were an affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers.[3][4][5] However, the Arsenal era was mainly marked by futility, never having a winning season or a playoff berth. On March 31, 2009, the Arsenal announced that they would relocate to Springfield, Massachusetts.[4][6]

2009-2014: Springfield Armor

On July 29, 2009, it was announced that Dee Brown would become the head coach.[7] On September 2, the Armor picked first in the 2009 NBA Development League Expansion Draft, selecting center Marcus Campbell.[8] The team ended their inaugural 2009-10 season with a record of 7-43, the worst record in D-League history.

During the 2010-11 season, the Armor started by picking fifth in the D-League Draft, and selected La Salle's Vernon Goodridge.[9] The Armor would end up finishing with a record of 13-37, sixth in the seven-team Eastern Conference. After the season, head coach Dee Brown opted to leave the team to join the Detroit Pistons.[10] Brown was replaced soon after by Bob MacKinnon Jr.[11] During the 2010-11 season, the team was an affiliate of the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.[12]

For the 2011-12 season, the Armor entered into a single affiliation partnership with the Brooklyn Nets, giving the Nets full control over the basketball operations of and making them the sole affiliate for the Armor. The Nets became the second NBA team to enter into a single affiliation with an NBA D-League team, joining the Houston Rockets and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.[13][14]

2014-present: A new beginning in Grand Rapids

On April 15, 2014, it was announced that the SSJ Group purchased the Springfield Armor and would relocate the team to Grand Rapids, Michigan for the 2014-15 season. The Grand Rapids franchise would be locally owned and established a single-franchise "hybrid" affiliation with the Detroit Pistons.[15] The affiliation between the Pistons and the Drive is the third between the two cities as the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League also share an affiliation, as do the Detroit Tigers of the American League and the West Michigan Whitecaps of the Midwest League.[16]

The team launched a name-the-team contest shortly after the formal announcement. The contest produced four finalists: Drive, Chairmen, Horsepower, and Blue Racers. The community was encouraged to vote online in order to determine which of the four names would become the official team name.[17] Out of those names, the Grand Rapids Drive was selected.[18][19]

On July 29, 2020, the Pistons announced that the organization had officially purchased the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns and were relocating the franchise to Detroit for the 2021-22 season. It was also announced that the affiliation between the Pistons and Drive would end after the 2020-21 season.[20]

Season-by-season

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Anaheim Arsenal
2006-07 Western 4th 23 27 .460
2007-08 Western 4th 23 27 .460
2008-09 Western 6th 15 35 .300
Springfield Armor
2009-10 Eastern 7th 7 43 .140
2010-11 Eastern 6th 13 37 .260
2011-12 Eastern 1st 29 21 .580 Lost First Round (Canton) 1-2
2012-13 Eastern 5th 18 32 .360
2013-14 Eastern 3rd 22 28 .440
Grand Rapids Drive
2014-15 Central 4th 23 27 .460
2015-16 Central 4th 21 29 .420
2016-17 Central 4th 26 24 .520
2017-18 Central 2nd 29 21 .580 Lost First Round (Raptors) 88-92
2018-19 Central 1st 28 22 .560 Lost First Round (Raptors) 90-91
2019-20 Central 3rd 25 18 .581 Season cancelled by COVID-19 pandemic
Regular season record 302 391 .436 2006-present
Playoff record 1 4 .200 2006-present

Current roster

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Reggie Geary 2006-2008 100 46 54 .460 -- -- -- --
2 Sam Vincent 2008-2009 50 15 35 .300 -- -- -- --
3 Dee Brown 2009-2011 100 20 80 .200 -- -- -- --
4 Bob MacKinnon Jr. 2011-2013 100 47 53 .470 3 1 2 .333
5 Doug Overton 2013-2014 50 22 28 .440 -- -- -- --
6 Otis Smith 2014-2016 100 44 56 .440 -- -- -- --
7 Rex Walters 2016-2017 50 26 24 .520 -- -- -- --
8 Robert Werdann 12 4 8 .580 -- -- -- --
9 Ryan Krueger 88 53 35 .602 2 0 2 .000
10 Donnie Tyndall 43 25 18 .581 -- -- -- --

NBA affiliates

Grand Rapids Drive

Springfield Armor

Anaheim Arsenal

References

  1. ^ "2019-2020 Grand Rapids Drive Jerseys" (PDF). 2019-20 Grand Rapids Drive Media Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Grand Rapids Drive Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Calhoun, Damian (June 16, 2006). "Anaheim basketball development team is 'Arsenal'". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Springfield gets NBA D-League team". ESPN.com. March 31, 2009. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "Courtside close". The Orange County Register. September 8, 2006. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Finn, Chad (March 31, 2009). "Springfield lands NBDL franchise". Boston.com. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ Chimelis, Ron (July 29, 2009). "Springfield Armor of NBA D-League name former Boston Celtics player Dee Brown head coach". Springfield Republican. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "NBA Development League: 2009 Expansion Draft Board". Nba.com. Archived from the original on November 18, 2010. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ Thomas, Jeff (November 2, 2010). "Armor select La Salle's Goodridge with first pick in D-League Draft". Springfield Republican. Retrieved 2011.
  10. ^ Thomas, Jeff (September 12, 2011). "Dee Brown out as Springfield Armor coach; Bob MacKinnon in?". Springfield Republican. Retrieved 2011.
  11. ^ Thomas, Jeff (September 14, 2011). "Springfield Armor introduce Bob MacKinnon, Jr. as their new head coach". Springfield Republican. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ "Nets To Run Basketball Ops of D-League's Springfield Armor". nba.com. Retrieved .
  13. ^ New Jersey Nets To Run Basketball Operations Of Springfield Armor In 2011-12 Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Nets to Run Basketball Ops of D-League's Springfield Armor
  15. ^ "Springfield Armor's departure for Grand Rapids made official by NBA Development League". Springfield Republican. April 15, 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Mayo, David (March 26, 2014). "Grand Rapids to get NBA D-League team, will affiliate with Detroit Pistons". MLive. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Wallner, Peter (May 1, 2014). "Grand Rapids NBA D-League team announces four name finalists". Mlive.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Detroit Pistons NBA D-League Affiliate Reveals Name: Grand Rapids Drive". June 17, 2014. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ Wallner, Peter (June 17, 2014). "Grand Rapids NBA D-League team gets a nickname, and vote wasn't even close". Mlive.com. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ Beard, Rod (July 29, 2020). "Pistons buy G League team to play in Detroit for 2021-22; Grand Rapids Drive mull options". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2020.

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