The Oklahoma City Blue is the NBA G League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Originally known as the Asheville Altitude from North Carolina, the franchise was a founding member of the NBA Development League in 2001. It was also an early powerhouse, winning back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005. However, despite its success, an independent ownership group purchased the franchise and moved it to Tulsa where it adopted the name of the 66ers for nine seasons. After a mere two seasons, the franchise was sold off again to the Professional Basketball Club LLC, which also owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. The ownership group made the 66ers an exclusive affiliate of the NBA team. In its best ever season, the 66ers made the 2010 finals but lost in two games to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In 2014, Professional Basketball Club moved the team to Oklahoma City and rebranded it as the Blue. The team then made the conference finals in 2017. Oklahoma City Blue tickets are available for purchase at StubHub.
Who are some of the top players in the history of the Oklahoma City Blue?
The Oklahoma City Blue is a developmental program for the Thunder and the NBA in general. Therefore, many of the players on the roster are aspiring NBA prospects and developmental players who need to work on their game for short periods of time. Dakari Johnson, a second-round draft pick out of Kentucky, played three seasons with the OKC Blue. In 2017, he made the All Star Game and the All-NBA G League Team, which recognizes the five best players in the league, with 18.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Reggie Williams played two seasons for the Blue and one for Tulsa and averaged approximately 19 points a game.
What was the record of the Oklahoma City Blue last season?
During the 2018 to 2019 regular season, the Oklahoma City Blue finished first in the Midwest Division — and third in the entire Western Conference — with a 34-16 record. Abdel Nader led all scorers with 24.3 points in three games. Among players with at least 10 games, Tyler Davis had 17.2 points and 11.7 rebounds. In the first round of the single-elimination playoffs, the Blue defeated the Salt Lake City Stars 118-113. However, the season ended with a 117-102 defeat against the No. 2 seed Santa Cruz Warriors. Small forward Scotty Hopson scored 21 points for OKC in the loss while center Kevin Hervey contributed another 18 points and 10 rebounds.
What are some of the top matchups for the Oklahoma City Blue?
Grant Gibbs was promoted to the head coach of the Blue in 2019 after spending two seasons as the assistant coach. He replaced Mark Daigneault, who became the assistant coach for the Thunder. Gibbs, a graduate of Creighton, previously had a three-year playing career in Germany and the Netherlands.
Where do the Oklahoma City Blue play?
The Oklahoma City Blue games take place at the Cox Convention Center, a multi-purpose venue and community center. The arena itself has a seating capacity of around 12,860 for basketball games. Get the Oklahoma City Blue schedule at StubHub.Back to Top