Fort Wayne Mad Ants
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants logo|
|League||NBA Development League|
Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Arena||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|Location||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
Crimson, Black, Yellow, White |
|Head coach||Conner Henry|
|Ownership||John D. Zeglis|
Los Angeles Clippers
New Orleans Pelicans
Portland Trail Blazers
|Division / Conference titles||1 (2013–14)|
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are a team of the NBA Development 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.
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 announced June 18, 2007, chosen as a salute to the city's and fort's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
On July 5, 2007, it was announced by the NBA that the Mad Ants would be affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne by Fred Zollner as the Zollner Pistons, before moving to Detroit in 1957. On September 3, 2008, the Mad Ants announced 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. They waived Gage Daye on December 20, 2011.
On July 17, 2012, it was announced by the NBA that the Mad Ants, in addition to their affiliations with the Pistons, Pacers, and Bucks, would also be affiliated with the Charlotte Bobcats beginning with the 2012–13 season.
On April 19, 2014, the Mad Ants made it through to NBA D-League Finals for the first time with a 126–118 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, winning the second round series 2–0. On April 26, 2014, the Mad Ants defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 2 games to 0 to claim the franchise's first D-League title in their history. 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 after D-League teams were created for both the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.
|Season||Division||Regular Season||Postseason Results|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|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
|Regular Season Record||185||215||.463||2007–2015|
Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster
- Detroit Pistons (2007–14)
- Orlando Magic (2013–14)
- Indiana Pacers (2007–present)
- Milwaukee Bucks (2008–present)
- Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (2012–present)
- Atlanta Hawks (2014–present)
- Brooklyn Nets (2014–present)
- Chicago Bulls (2014–present)
- Denver Nuggets (2014–present)
- Los Angeles Clippers (2014–present)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–present)
- New Orleans Pelicans (2014–present)
- Portland Trail Blazers (2014–present)
- Toronto Raptors (2014–present)
- Washington Wizards (2014–present)
- 2014–15 teams
In popular culture
- In the television series One Tree Hill episode "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It", James Lafferty's character Nathan Scott receives an offer to coach the team. The episode originally aired September 29, 2008 on The CW Network.
- "The Ants Are Coming!". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- "NBA Development League". Retrieved 2009-09-06.
- Greene, Dana (July 17, 2012). "Reno Bighorns new Jazz D-League affiliate". ABC4.com. KTVX. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- NBA Development League: Skyforce at Mad Ants Game Info
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants Capture 2014 NBA Development League Title
- Warden, Steve (25 September 2008). "TV plot bringing team to 'Tree Hill'". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants Official Website
- Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
- ABA Jacksonville Giants Player Joins NBA D League Mad Ants