NEW YORK, October 10, 2012 –– The Golden State Warriors, the NBA Development League and the city of Santa Cruz, Calif. announced today that the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors NBA D-League affiliate, will relocate to Santa Cruz beginning with the 2012-13 season. The team will be known as the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors bought the Wizards prior to the 2011-12 season and are one of 11 NBA teams to have one-to-one relationships with their NBA D-League affiliate.
Santa Cruz will play the 2012-13 NBA D-League season at the as-yet-to-be-constructed Kaiser Permanente Arena, a temporary basketball facility in Santa Cruz, the construction of which is a three-pronged effort between Golden State, the city of Santa Cruz, and the Seaside Company. The team, which unveiled its logo earlier this year, will share Golden State’s blue and gold color scheme.
“We’re excited to bring the NBA D-League brand of basketball to Santa Cruz and Northern California,” said NBA D-League President Dan Reed. “The relocation of the team from Bismarck to Santa Cruz further demonstrates the Golden State Warriors’ commitment to developing top young NBA prospects in the NBA D-League. We thank the fans in Bismarck for their support of the team over the last six NBA D-League seasons.”
The Dakota Wizards joined the NBA D-League prior to the 2006-07 season, having played in the Continental Basketball Association for the 11 previous seasons and bring a rich tradition of success to Santa Cruz. The Wizards enjoyed instant success in the NBA D-League, winning the 2007 NBA D-League championship. During the team’s time in Bismarck, N.D., it secured playoff berths in five of the team’s six NBA D-League seasons and captured division championships for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. In all, the Wizards have produced eight GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA while helping seven NBA players develop their skills during assignments over the last six seasons. During the 2011-12 NBA D-League season, Golden State assigned rookies Chris Wright and Jeremy Tyler for a combined 19 games.
“We are thrilled to bring the Warriors to Santa Cruz,” said Santa Cruz Warriors President Jim Weyermann. “This city has a passionate basketball fan base and we are eager to construct an arena that will showcase the team and give the city’s fans something to cheer about. We are excited about all of the additional events this building will be able to host and the vitality it will bring to the region. Creating the largest spectator venue on California’s central coast will help us attract events currently bypassing the area and contribute to the economic development of the region.”
Of the 11 NBA D-League teams with single affiliations , the Warriors join four other teams, which are fully owned and operated by their NBA parent club, including the Austin Toros (San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers) and the Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma City Thunder). An additional five teams have a hybrid relationship with their NBA parent club, including the Erie BayHawks (New York Knicks), Idaho Stampede (Portland Trail Blazers), Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets), and Springfield Armor (Brooklyn Nets). The hybrid partnership gives an NBA team control of the NBA D-League team’s basketball operations while local ownership retains control of the business. The Texas Legends have a one-to-one relationship with the Dallas Mavericks.