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The Colorado 14ers were a team in the NBA Development League which began play in 2006-07. They were affiliated with the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Toronto Raptors of the NBA. The 14ers played their home games at the Broomfield Event Centermarker in the Denvermarker suburb of Broomfield, Coloradomarker. They were named for the many high 14,000-foot mountain peaks for which Coloradomarker is famous. They won the NBA D-League championship in 2009 by sweeping the Utah Flash.

On June 18, 2009, the D-League announced that the 14ers would be relocating to Frisco, Texasmarker to resume play in the 2010-11 season. The new team's name, logo, and colors will be announced at a later date.

Media

Colorado 14ers games were broadcast on radio at Mile High Sports Radio 1510 AM KCKK in Denver, and Mile High Sports Extra 1570 AM KSXT in Loveland.

Final Roster

Final 2008-09 Roster

Head Coach: Robert MacKinnon

Assistant Coach: Robert Campbell

Assistant Coach: Casey Owens

Athletic Trainer: Mia Del Hierro

# Nat. Pos. Ht. Player Acquired College
10 G 6'1 Eddie Gill 2007/08/09 Weber Statemarker
12 G 6'5 Billy Thomas 2007/08/09 Kansasmarker
14 G 6'0 John Lucas 2009 Oklahoma State
17 G 6'0 Vernon Hamilton 2009 Clemson
18 G 6'6 Sonny Weems 2008/09 Arkansas
19 G 6'3 Dominique Coleman 2008 Colorado
21 C 6'10 Joe Dabbert 2008 Creighton
22 F/C 6'8 Josh Davis 2008 Wyoming
23 F 6'9 Trey Gilder 2008 Northwestern Statemarker
33 F 6'9 Jamar Brown 2008/09 Colorado State-Pueblo
34 G/F 6'4 Damien Lolar 2007/09 West Texas A&Mmarker
50 C 6'9 Kentrell Gransberry 2009 South Floridamarker


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2007



2008



2009



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2007



Honors

  • Louis Amundson, 2006-07 D-League Rookie of the Year, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team
  • Elton Brown, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team
  • Joe Dabbert, 2008-09 All D-League Honorable Mention
  • Josh Davis, 2008-09 All D-League 2nd Team
  • Kaniel Dickens, 2007-08 All D-League 2nd Team
  • Eddie Gill, 2007-08 All D-League 1st Team, 2008-09 All D-League 3rd Team, 2008-09 D-League Impact Player of the Year
  • Pooh Jeter, 2006-07 All D-League Honorable Mention
  • Billy Thomas, 2007-08 Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, 2007-08 All D-League 3rd Team
  • Von Wafer, 2006-07 All D-League 1st Team


Franchise History

In 2006 Colorado businessmen Tim Wiens and John Frew, who were building the Broomfield Event Centermarker as the centerpiece of the Arista development of Broomfield, Coloradomarker, quickly sought to gain a new minor league basketball team for the place and the surrounding community, believing minor league teams could be a hit in the northwest Denver-Boulder region.They created the Colorado 14ers, to play alongside the Central Hockey LeagueRocky Mountain Rage. The team was originally scheduled to play in the Continental Basketball Association. However, agreement was soon reached for the team to play in the NBA Development League, and the 14ers were quickly slated to become the minor league affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptorsand New Jersey Nets. The new franchise, named for Colorado's famed 14,000-foot mountain peaks, was born.

2006-07 season

Onetime Denver Nugget Joe Wolfwas hired to be the 14ers' first coach, and what would become one of the D-League's most formidable teams was assembled. Finding quick success in their inaugural season, the 14ers shattered Colorado minor league basketball records of many kinds from scoring to fan attendance. Team leaders included Von Waferand Louis Amundson, who were each permanently called up to the NBA by the end of the season. Nevertheless, the talented and resilient team overcame losing stretches and roster reorganizations, and qualified for the playoffs in their first season. The 14ers made an impressive run through the playoffs, winning the Western Division championship before finally falling to the Dakota Wizardsin the league championship.

2007-08 season

The 14ers' second season began with an almost entirely new roster, with only Elton Brownand Eric Osmundsonremaining from the team's inaugural year. Newcomers included area products Kaniel Dickenswho quickly emerged as one of the top players on the team, as well as Eddie Gill, selected in the draft, who was called up to the NBA before even playing a game with the 14ers (and eventually returned to become a powerful force on the team). Despite consider roster turnover which included Brown's departure (but not before scoring his 50th career double-double with the 14ers) as well as an impressive five call-ups to the NBA (including the rare simultaneous call-ups of Kaniel Dickensand Billy Thomason February 22, 2008 by the Cleveland Cavaliers), the 14ers fared as well as they did in their first year, finishing the regular season with one more win than in 2007-08. The 14ers' six game winning streak at the end of the season vaulted them into the playoffs as a wild card, but they lost in the first round to the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Despite this and a slippage in fan attendance it was overall a successful season under at times challenging circumstances.

2008-09 season

Colorado's third season, the most of any minor league basketball franchise in the state, was a triumph over adversity. The season began with ownership increasingly falling upon hard times, having a new coach, Robert MacKinnon, after Joe Wolfhad ascended to the NBA, and an almost completely remade roster with returnees Eddie Gill, Billy Thomas, and Jamar Brownwho previously played for the Colorado Crossover. Newcomers Dominique Colemanhelped lead the team as a steals artist and Josh Daviswas a major contributor as well. Another key was Sonny Weems, assigned from the Denver Nuggetsthree times to contribute during the regular season and playoffs. From the beginning the 14ers were a formidable force in the D-League, pulling into the league lead for wins and setting the D-League record for points in a game with a 147-119 win over Rio Grande Valleyon March 10, then breaking that record with a 155-127 win over Albuquerqueon April 8. Finishing with a franchise record 34 wins, the 14ers had home court advantage throughout the playoffs, soundly defeating the Erie Bayhawks, rallying to beat the Austin Toros, and sweeping the Utah Flashto gain the NBADL championship.

Relocation

Unfortunately, their title would become their epitaph, as on June 18, 2009, the D-League announced that the 14ers would be relocating to Frisco, Texasmarker to resume play in the 2010-11 season.The new team's name, logo, and colors will be announced at a later date.

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Colorado 14ers
2006-07 28 22 .560 Won Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost D-League Finals

Colorado 130, Albuquerque 100
Colorado 94, Idaho 91 (OT)
Dakota 129, Colorado 121 (OT)

2007-08 29 21 .580 Lost Semifinals Los Angeles 102, Colorado 95
2008-09 34 16 .680 Won Round 1
Won Semifinals
Won D-League Finals

Colorado 129, Erie 108
Colorado 114, Austin 111
Colorado 2, Utah 0

Totals 91 59 .607

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