Rio Grande Valley Vipers

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Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Rio Grande Valley Vipers logo
League NBA Development League
Founded 2007
Arena State Farm Arena
Location Hidalgo, Texas
Team colors Red, Black, Dark Gray, Gray, White
                        
Head coach Nevada Smith
Ownership RGV Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Houston Rockets
Championships 2 (2009–10, 2012–13)
Division / Conference titles 2 (2009–10, 2012–13)
Website www.nba.com/dleague/riograndevalley/

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a 2007-08 expansion team in the NBA Development League. They play their home games at the State Farm Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas. With two D-League titles in 2010 and 2013, the Vipers are the most victorious team in the league alongside the Asheville Altitude.

The Vipers have a single-partnership affiliation agreement with the Houston Rockets for the 2009–10 season. Previously, they were also affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2007–08 and the New Orleans Hornets for 2007–09.

History

After the finish of the 2007 season, the D-League expanded to Hidalgo, Texas. They announced the team there would be named the "Vipers". In their debut, they finished with a 21–29 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. In 2008–09, they finished with the same record, failing to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row.

In 2009, the Vipers and the Houston Rockets entered into a single affiliation partnership in which the Rockets controlled the Vipers' basketball operations while the franchise remains under local ownership by Alonzo Cantu. The result paid immediate dividends in the 2009–10 season, as the Vipers enjoyed their most successful season. Led by league MVP Mike Harris, and coach of the year Chris Finch, the Vipers went 34–16, tops in the Western Conference, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Vipers beat both Reno and Austin in 3 games, and swept Tulsa in the Finals to earn the franchise's first championship.1

In 2013, the Vipers won their second title over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Andrew Goudelock won the NBA Development League Most Valuable Player Award and got called up by the Los Angeles Lakers.

In November 2013, the Vipers announced Gianluca Pascucci as the general manager and Nevada Smith as the head coach.23

Season By Season

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason Results
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2007–08 Southwestern 5th 21 29 .420
2008–09 Southwestern 4th 21 29 .420
2009–10 Western 1st 34 16 .680 Won Round 1 (Reno) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Austin) 2–1
Won D-League Finals (Tulsa) 2–0
2010–11 Western 2nd 33 17 .660 Won Round 1 (Bakersfield) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Reno) 2–0
Lost D-League Finals (Iowa) 1–2
2011–12 Western 5th 24 26 .480
2012–13 Central 1st 35 15 .700 Won Round 1 (Maine) 2-0
Won Semifinals (Tulsa) 2–0
Won D-League Finals (Santa Cruz) 2–0
Regular season 168 132 .560
Playoffs 17 5 .773

Current roster

Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 23 United States Bishop, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–07–16 Texas State
G 0 United States Canaan, Isaiah (NBA) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1991–05–02 Murray State
F 33 United States Covington, Robert (NBA) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990–12–14 Tennessee State
F 19 United States Ellis, Akeem 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1990–08–04 Coppin State
F 14 United States Hagins, Jamelle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–10–19 Delaware
F 21 United States Henriquez, Jordan 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1989–08–29 Kansas State
F 22 United States Hunt, Dario 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–05–02 Nevada
F 50 Cameroon Kadji, Kenny 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 1988–05–19 Miami (FL)
G 12 United States Lathan, Dwayne 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1989–01–20 Indiana State
G 3 United States Morris, Darius 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1991–01–03 Michigan
G 32 United States Parrom, Kevin 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1991–02–28 Arizona
G 6 United States Spencer, Bo 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1989–03–21 Nebraska
G 11 United States Talton, Gary 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 1990–03–29 UIC
G 10 United States Wayns, Maalik 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991–05–02 Villanova
Head coach
  • Nevada Smith
Assistant coach(es)
  • Paul Mokeski
Athletic trainer(s)
  • Long Lam

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2014–04–17

Past head coaches

Past players

Players assigned from NBA teams

Players recalled to the NBA

Players called up to the NBA

Affiliates

References

  1. ^ May, Peter (2008-02-03). "A Maine focus in D-League". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Gianluca Pascucci Named GM of the Vipers". 
  3. ^ "RGV VIPERS AND HOUSTON ROCKETS ANNOUNCE NEVADA SMITH AS HEAD COACH". 

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