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Milwaukee Bucks Purchase NBA Development League Team to Begin Play in Oshkosh for the 2017-18 Season
The Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA Development League today announced that the Bucks have acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will begin play in Oshkosh, Wis., for the 2017-18 season.
As part of the deal, Fox Valley Pro Basketball led by Greg Pierce will be constructing a new 3,500-seat arena for the new minor league team. With the purchase, the Bucks become the 20th NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate while the NBA D-League grows to a record 25 teams for next season.
“Our ownership group has been steadfast in its commitment to both build a championship-caliber basketball program and develop stronger partnerships with fans and communities throughout the state of Wisconsin,” Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said. “We’re thrilled to announce this partnership with the City of Oshkosh, Greg Pierce and his team, and the incredible basketball fans throughout the Fox Valley. This new team will be an invaluable resource for our basketball staff and an incredible vehicle for connecting with Wisconsin’s passionate sports fans.”
“NBA teams are increasingly recognizing the NBA D-League’s value in providing opportunities to players, coaches and front office executives,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner. “A record two-thirds of NBA teams now own an NBA D-League affiliate, and I’m excited to welcome Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and the Bucks to that list.”
The Oshkosh Common Council recently approved plans for a new 3,500-seat arena that is expected to anchor the newly-designated “Sawdust District” located near Pioneer Drive Park along the shore of Lake Winnebago. Similar to the arena development currently under construction in Milwaukee, the Oshkosh arena project will serve as a catalyst for additional economic development in the surrounding area. The overall vision for the project calls for the 3,500-seat arena, which will also house a sports bar and team store, along with proposed future development that could include a hotel and additional dining and entertainment venues.
“I believe that Oshkosh’s Central City is on the verge of a renaissance,” Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings said. “The Bucks’ selection of Oshkosh as its location for their D-League team reinforces our reputation as a great place to work, play and learn. The new arena will be the cornerstone of a revived central city that will attract visitors and greater development opportunities to Oshkosh.”
“When we pitched this idea, the Fox Valley’s response was so immediate and enthusiastic, we knew this would be the ideal location for the team to expand,” said Greg Pierce of Fox Valley Pro Basketball. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Building a new arena, bringing the Sawdust District vision to life and expanding the sports and entertainment options in our region will have a transformative impact on our community.”
Fans interested in securing tickets for the inaugural season of NBA D-League action in the Fox Valley can reserve their seats online at www.foxvalleybasketball.com. All fans who submit a deposit towards season tickets by this Friday, Feb. 10, will receive a pair of tickets to the Bucks’ Fan Appreciation Night game vs. Charlotte on Monday, April 10. Visitors to the site are also encouraged to submit ideas for the official team name, which will be announced in the coming months.
As part of today’s announcement, the Bucks are also welcoming BMO Harris Bank as the first official sponsor of the new NBA D-League team. A longtime partner of the Bucks, BMO Harris Bank operates in nearly 200 branches in the state of Wisconsin, including 12 in the Fox Valley.
More than 75 NBA players have been assigned to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation this season, including half of the players selected in 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. In total, more than 40 percent of the last five NBA Draft classes have honed their skills in the NBA D-League.
Two current Bucks, Khris Middleton and Rashad Vaughn, have NBA D-League experience. In total, the Bucks have assigned 10 players since the 2005-06 season, the first when NBA teams were able to send players to the NBA D-League.
About the Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball franchise in their 49th season of play in the National Basketball Association, and third under the direction of a new ownership group headed by Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan. The trio purchased the team from Herb Kohl on May 15, 2014, tipping off a new era of Bucks basketball with the promise of building a championship-caliber team on and off the court that will unite the community and play a leading role in revitalizing downtown Milwaukee.
The Bucks have a lengthy history of success in the NBA, highlighted by the franchise’s NBA Championship in 1971 in just the team’s third season of action, giving the Bucks the distinction of owning the quickest rise from expansion team to champion in any of the four major North American professional leagues. The Bucks also count two conference championships, 13 division titles and 28 postseason appearances among the team’s many accomplishments, while numerous Bucks players, coaches and contributors are included as members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
About the City of Oshkosh
The City of Oshkosh, with a population of over 66,000, is the largest municipality in Winnebago County. Oshkosh is home to the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, the third-largest university in the state, with a total enrollment of more than 13,000 students. With diverse events such as the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, dozens of year-round fishing tournaments, and music festivals of all types, Oshkosh is widely recognized as “Wisconsin’s Event City.” The city is on the western shore of Lake Winnebago and banked by the Fox River and Lake Butte des Morts. Oshkosh and the surrounding area hold an abundance of sights and sounds for residents and visitors to discover and enjoy.
About the NBA Development League
The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2015-16 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. NBA D-League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks, Facebook Live and NBA TV.
Oshkosh Basketball History
The Bucks are coming back to the Fox Valley, which will mark the third time the region has hosted a professional basketball team. Oshkosh has a rich basketball history and the Bucks look forwarding to adding to its legacy.
Prior to the start of the NBA, the National Basketball League (NBL) was considered to be the top professional basketball league in the United States, and Oshkosh hosted a team: the Oshkosh All-Stars.
The All-Stars competed in the NBL for 12 years from 1937-1949, winning two NBL Championships in 1941 and 1942, and the World Professional Basketball Tournament in 1942. Oshkosh appeared in the NBL playoffs in all but one season, and made six appearances in the NBL championship, including five straight appearances from 1938-1942, making the All-Stars a pillar of the NBL despite playing in one of the smallest cities in the league.
Prior to the 1946-47 season, Gilbert R. LaBudde of the Oshkosh Northwestern had this to say about the local team that was making a national impression entering its 10th season in the NBL: “If you are a basketball fan you know also of Oshkosh through its Oshkosh All Stars, which professional cage quintet has put its community of 40,000 on the sports map of the nation with a long string of accomplishments in the play-for-pay basketball ranks.”
Oshkosh had plenty of star power on its team during its successful 12-year run, including Leroy Edwards, who was a consensus All-American at Kentucky in college before spending his entire professional career with the All-Stars. Edwards led the NBL in scoring and was named league MVP in each of his three seasons. He sits in second place on the NBL’s all-time scoring list with 3,221 points.
Third on the NBL’s all-time scoring list is Gene Englund, who spent five seasons in Oshkosh with the All-Stars. Englund was a Wisconsin native and came to Oshkosh after leading the Wisconsin Badgers to their first and only NCAA Championship as an All-American during his senior season. Before playing one season in the newly-formed NBA, Englund finished his time in Oshkosh as a player-coach for the All-Stars.
When the NBL merged with the Basketball Association of America in 1949 to form today’s NBA, the All-Stars folded as the area and facilities were simply too small to compete in the NBA. However, professional basketball returned to Oshkosh in 1982 with the Wisconsin Flyers, a minor league basketball team that competed in the Continental Basketball Association.
The Flyers competed in the CBA for five seasons, making the playoffs twice, while proving to be a successful minor league team in that it sent players and coaches to the NBA seemingly every season. Eventually the franchise moved to Rochester, Minn., where it played for one season before moving to Omaha.
The Bucks D-League team will bring professional basketball back to Oshkosh for the first time since 1987, but this time it will be as a hotbed for young, developing talent that has its eyes set on the NBA.
What is the NBA Development League?
The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.
How many games are in an NBA Development League season?
Each D-League teams plays a 50-game schedule.
When will the team begin play?
The team will begin play during the 2017-18 NBA D-League season, which runs from November through April.
What will the team be called?
A name for the team has not been finalized yet. Fans are encouraged to log on to www.foxvalleybasketball.com to submit suggestions.
Where will the team play?
The team will play in a new 3,500-seat arena in Oshkosh.
Who will the team play?
The team will compete in the NBA D-League, which is slated to include 25 teams for next season.
How can I watch the games?
All NBA D-League games, with the exception of those that are televised nationally, are streamed live on Facebook Live. Log on to www.facebook.com/NBADLeague before tip-off or find the link via the game page on NBADLeague.com.
Who owns the team?
The new D-League team will be owned by the Milwaukee Bucks.
When will tickets go on sale?
Fans can reserve season tickets for the inaugural season in Oshkosh now by logging on to www.foxvalleybasketball.com and placing a $100 deposit for standard seating or a $250 deposit for premium seating. Information on single-game tickets and partial season packages will be available at a later date.
How much will tickets cost?
Ticket pricing has not been finalized, but fans can expect a variety of ticket packages tailored to fit any budget.
How can I follow the team on social media?
The team has established accounts at www.instagram.com/bucksdleague, www.twitter.com/bucksdleague and www.facebook.com/bucksdleague. Once a name for the team is finalized, those accounts will be updated to reflect the new name.
Will Bucks players regularly play on the team?
The D-League provides an excellent avenue for young players to gain valuable experience. Two players on the current Bucks roster have D-League experience, and operating our own D-League franchise will provide even more opportunities for our younger players to continue developing their skills. All NBA players are eligible to be assigned to the NBA D-League, with players having more than three years of NBA experience needing to consent to the assignment.
Where will the players come from?
The D-League features a mix of young players, established pros looking for an opportunity to catch on with an NBA franchise, and players on assignment from their parent teams. The D-League draft occurs each fall after NBA rosters are finalized.
Who is eligible to be drafted?
The league signs about 180 players each year to join the pool of draft-eligible prospects. They include college players who went undrafted in the NBA Draft, international prospects, and players who were recently waived by NBA teams following training camp. Players must be 18 years old to be eligible for the NBA D-League Draft, as opposed to the NBA’s age minimum of 19.
How many NBA D-League players have made it to the NBA?
An all-time high 135 players with NBA D-League experience were on NBA rosters at the start of the 2016-17 regular season, representing 30 percent of the league. This group includes both players who were assigned from the NBA to the NBA D-League and players who were called up from the NBA D-League to the NBA at some point in their careers. At least 30 NBA D-League prospects have been called up to the NBA in each of the past five seasons. A record 68 NBA players were assigned to the NBA D-League an all-time high 321 total times in 2015-16, while almost 80 NBA players have been assigned to the NBA D-League this season.
Where do NBA D-League players come from?
There are eight different paths a player can take to the NBA D-League:
- NBA teams can assign players to their NBA D-League affiliate and recall them at any time.
- NBA teams can draft players and sign them to NBA D-League contracts, thus retaining their rights through the “Draft Rights Player” rule.
- New for the 2017-18 season, NBA teams may now designate up to two “two-way” players who are on the NBA team’s roster but will primarily play in the NBA D-League
- NBA teams can designate up to four players that they cut during training camp as “affiliate players,” meaning those players will join that team’s NBA D-League affiliate (should the players choose to sign into the NBA D-League). These players are signed under contract with the league rather than the team, however, meaning they are technically free agents who can be called up to any of the 30 NBA teams.
- NBA D-League teams hold local tryouts each offseason and can invite up to five players from these tryouts to their training camps.
- The NBA D-League holds a draft every year consisting of nearly 200 players who have signed contracts with the league. In 2016, the draft consisted of six rounds.
- Players who return to the NBA D-League are, by rule, re-acquired by the teams that they played for within the last two seasons (Returning Players).
- Once the NBA D-League season begins, players who sign NBA D-League contracts are placed into a rotating waiver pool so that teams can claim them.
- If a player from high school, college or overseas enters the NBA D-League without ever having declared for the NBA Draft, he will also join the waiver pool. That player remains NBA Draft-eligible but is not eligible to be called up to the NBA.
When a new franchise joins the league, an expansion draft is held in which the new team selects 16 players from a pool of unprotected players among the league’s other teams. The expansion team will then hold that player’s NBA D-League rights for two seasons. Each returning team can protect up to 12 of its players from being selected.
Who will manage/coach the team?
The Bucks will oversee the basketball staff for the new team. We anticipate making further announcements on the team’s staff in the coming months.
What is the value in owning/operating your own D-League team?
Operating our own team gives up a valuable platform for developing players, coaches and even front office personnel. The team also gives us another vehicle to connect with the many passionate basketball fans across the state of Wisconsin.
How can I get a job with the team?
We will be filling out the staff of the team soon. Continue to follow the team online and via social media, as all new positions will be posted once available.
Where will the new arena be located?
The arena is slated to be built along the east side of S. Main St. just north of S. Park Ave. in Oshkosh’s new “Sawdust District.” The arena will anchor a proposed development that includes additional residential, commercial and entertainment uses.
What is the timeline for completion?
The arena is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2017, in time for the start of the 2017-18 season.
How is the project being funded?
The arena will be privately financed by an Oshkosh group called Fox Valley Pro Basketball, which is led by Greg Pierce, the President & CIO of Windward Wealth Strategies.
What made Oshkosh a more attractive option than the other cities who submitted proposals?
The immense interest we received from communities across the state is a testament to the passion and enthusiasm of basketball fans across Wisconsin. While many communities put together incredibly strong proposals, the opportunity in Oshkosh to play a leading role in helping to revitalize a portion of the city, similar to what we’re currently seeing in Milwaukee, was the perfect fit for us. We look forward to working closely with Oshkosh officials to make sure this team has a lasting impact on the community far beyond wins and losses.
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