Rio Grande Valley Vipers
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are an American professional basketball team based in Edinburg, Texas. The Vipers compete in the NBA G League, and play their home games at the Bert Ogden Arena. With three D-League/G-League titles in 2010, 2013, and 2019, the Vipers are the most successful team in the league's history.
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|League||NBA G League|
|History||Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|Arena||Bert Ogden Arena|
|Team colors||Red, gray, black, white|
|General manager||Travis Stockbridge|
|Head coach||Mahmoud Abdelfattah|
|Championships||3 (2010, 2013, 2019)|
|Conference titles||5 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019)|
|Division titles||3 (2010, 2013, 2019)|
The Vipers entered a single-partnership affiliation agreement with the Houston Rockets during the 2009–10 season. Previously, they were also affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2007–08 and the New Orleans Hornets from 2007 to 2009.
After the finish of the 2006–07 season, the D-League announced an expansion to Hidalgo, Texas, with the team name "Rio Grande Valley Vipers". In their debut season, 2007–08, they finished with a 21–29 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. In 2008–09, they finished with the same record, failing to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row.
In 2009, the Vipers and the Houston Rockets entered into a single affiliation partnership in which the Rockets controlled the Vipers' basketball operations while the franchise remains under local ownership by Alonzo Cantu. The result paid immediate dividends in the 2009–10 season, as the Vipers enjoyed their most successful season. Led by league MVP Mike Harris, and coach of the year Chris Finch, the Vipers went 34–16, tops in the Western Conference, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Vipers beat both Reno and Austin in 3 games, and swept Tulsa in the Finals to earn the franchise's first championship.
On February 26, 2015, the Vipers broke ground on a new arena in Edinburg called Bert Ogden Arena and was originally scheduled for completion in October 2016. The arena was reportedly initially designed to house 8,500 seats, along with being a venue used for entertainment. The Vipers is the main tenant and operator (while the City of Edinburg will own the arena), and there will be a 40-by-20 foot jumbotron, the largest in the league. The arena was funded by sales taxes and cost an estimated $68 million, with nearly half being funded privately. After a few delays, the new arena was announced to have a grand opening in June 2018, with the Vipers beginning play in the arena for the 2018–19 season, and an estimated end cost of $88 million.
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2009–10||Western||1st||34||16||.680||Won First Round (Reno) 2–1|
Won Semifinals (Austin) 2–1
Won D-League Finals (Tulsa) 2–0
|2010–11||Western||2nd||33||17||.660||Won First Round (Bakersfield) 2–1|
Won Semifinals (Reno) 2–0
Lost D-League Finals (Iowa) 1–2
|2012–13||Central||1st||35||15||.700||Won First Round (Maine) 2–0|
Won Semifinals (Tulsa) 2–0
Won D-League Finals (Santa Cruz) 2–0
|2013–14||Central||3rd||30||20||.600||Won First Round (Iowa) 2–1|
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 1–2
|2015–16||Southwest||2nd||29||21||.580||Lost First Round (Austin) 1–2|
|2016–17||Southwest||2nd||32||18||.640||Won First Round (Los Angeles) 2–1|
Won Conf. Finals (Oklahoma City) 2–1
Lost Finals (Raptors 905) 1–2
|2017–18||Southwest||2nd||29||21||.580||Won First Round (Texas) 107–100|
Lost Conf. Semifinal (Austin) 91–117
|2018–19||Southwest||1st||34||16||.680||Won Conf. Semifinal (Memphis) 135–118|
Won Conf. Final (Santa Cruz) 144–125
Won League Finals (Long Island) 2–1
Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|3||Chris Finch||2009–2011||100||67||33||.670||16||11||5||.688||2010 D-League Championship|
|4||Nick Nurse||2011–2013||100||59||41||.590||6||6||0||1.000||2013 D-League Championship|
|6||Matt Brase||2015–2018||150||90||60||.600||14||7||7||.500||2017 D-League Western Conference Champions|
|7||Joseph Blair||2018–2019||50||34||16||.680||5||4||1||.800||2019 G League Championship|
- See Category:Rio Grande Valley Vipers players for all players who are notable enough to have articles and have played for the team.
Players assigned from NBA teamsEdit
- Steve Novak – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 11, 2007
- Aaron Brooks – assigned by the Houston Rockets on December 6, 2007
- Cedric Simmons – assigned by the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 2, 2008
- Shannon Brown – assigned by the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 11, 2008
- Joey Dorsey – assigned by the Houston Rockets on December 26, 2008
- Joey Dorsey – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 13, 2009
- Jermaine Taylor – assigned by the Houston Rockets on January 28, 2010
- Ishmael Smith – assigned by the Houston Rockets on January 17, 2011
- Marcus Morris – assigned by the Houston Rockets on January 2, 2012 & February 3, 2012
- Patrick Beverley – assigned by the Houston Rockets on January 7, 2013
- Isaiah Canaan – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 7, 2013
- Clint Capela – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 10, 2014
- Nick Johnson – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 18, 2014
- K. J. McDaniels – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 11, 2015
- Montrezl Harrell – assigned by the Houston Rockets on December 6, 2015
- Sam Dekker – assigned by the Houston Rockets on February 19, 2016
- Chinanu Onuaku – assigned by the Houston Rockets on October 31, 2016
- Kyle Wiltjer – assigned by the Houston Rockets on November 13, 2016
- Troy Williams – assigned by the Houston Rockets on March 10, 2017
Players recalled to the NBAEdit
- Aaron Brooks – recalled by the Houston Rockets on December 14, 2007
- Steve Novak – recalled by the Houston Rockets on December 17, 2007
- Cedric Simmons – recalled by the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 11, 2008
- Shannon Brown – recalled by the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 17, 2008
- Marcus Morris - recalled by the Houston Rockets on January 16, 2012 & February 20, 2012
- Patrick Beverley – recalled by the Houston Rockets on January 15, 2013
- Isaiah Canaan – recalled by the Houston Rockets on December 21, 2013
- Nick Johnson – recalled by the Houston Rockets on November 24, 2014
- Clint Capela – recalled by the Houston Rockets on March 27, 2015
- Sam Dekker – recalled by the Houston Rockets on March 5, 2016
- K. J. McDaniels – recalled by the Houston Rockets on March 5, 2016
- Montrezl Harrell – recalled by the Houston Rockets on April 10, 2016
- Chinanu Onuaku – recalled by the Houston Rockets on November 21, 2016
- Kyle Wiltjer – recalled by the Houston Rockets on November 21, 2016
Players called up to the NBAEdit
- C.J. Watson – called up by the Golden State Warriors on January 8, 2008
- Jawad Williams – called up by the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 9, 2009
- Mike Harris – called up by the Houston Rockets on December 23, 2009
- Will Conroy – called up by the Houston Rockets from January 28 to February 8, 2010
- Garrett Temple – called up by the Houston Rockets on February 8, 2010
- Mustafa Shakur – called up by the Washington Wizards, 2011
- Drew Goudelock – called up by the Los Angeles Lakers, 2013
- Jordan Hamilton – called up by the New Orleans Pelicans on March 25, 2016
- Isaiah Taylor – called up by the Houston Rockets on February 27, 2017
- Gary Payton II – called up by the Milwaukee Bucks on April 2, 2017
- Monté Morris – called up by the Denver Nuggets on December 12, 2017
- "RGV Vipers 2015-16 Quick Facts" (PDF). 2017–18 RGV Vipers Media Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. November 3, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
- "Rio Grande Valley Vipers Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
- "Rockets taking over Vipers". ESPN. June 29, 2009.
- May, Peter (2008-02-03). "A Maine focus in D-League". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- "Gianluca Pascucci Named GM of the Vipers".
- "RGV VIPERS AND HOUSTON ROCKETS ANNOUNCE NEVADA SMITH AS HEAD COACH".
- "RGV VIPERS BREAK GROUND ON NEW ARENA". Rio Grande Valley Vipers. February 26, 2015.
- "Tour offers glimpse of Bert Ogden Arena amenities". Brownsville Herald. April 18, 2018.
- "Rio Grande Valley Hires Matt Brase As Head Coach". NBA Development League. August 18, 2015.
- "Rio Grande Valley vs. Long Island - Game Summary - April 12, 2019 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2019-04-13.