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Encyclopedia > Dakota Wizards
Dakota Wizards
Founded 1995
History Dakota Wizards
IBA:1995-2001
CBA:2001-2006
NBA D-League:2006-Present
Arena Bismarck Civic Center
City Bismarck, North Dakota
Team Colors Purple, Green, Black
Head Coach Dave Joerger
Owner Steve McCormick
Championships (3) 2 CBA 1 IBA
Division Title (7) 4 CBA 2 IBA 1 NBA D-League
Affiliations Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

The Dakota Wizards are an American basketball team in the NBA Development League (D-League). The team was originally formed in 1995 as a member of the International Basketball Association, a basketball circuit based in the northern United States and western Canada. In the IBA's final year of operation, the 2000-01 season, the Wizards took the IBA title. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ... The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... The Bismarck Civic Center is a 10,100 seat multi-purpose arena in Bismarck, North Dakota. ... Location in North Dakota Coordinates: Country United States State North Dakota County Burleigh County Founded 1872 Government  - Mayor John Warford Area  - City  27. ... The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ...


After that season, the IBA merged with several teams from the CBA. While conventional wisdom held that the smaller, regional IBA franchises would not survive against the stronger CBA squads, the Wizards held their own with a regular season record of 26-14, and a single-elimination 116-109 win over the Rockford Lightning in the CBA's championship game. The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The International Basketball Association is a non-profit (501-c-3) based in Washington, D.C. and has been in existance since 1989. ... The Rockford Lightning are a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association. ...


In the 2002-03 season, they were the favorites to win the title, but they lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champion, the Yakama Sun Kings. The Yakama Sun Kings are a Continental Basketball Association franchise located in Yakima, Washington, covering the Central Washington sports market of Yakima, Tri-Cities, and Ellensburg. ...

Their third season in the CBA was their best yet. The Wizards rolled to a 34-14 regular season finish, proving themselves as the top team in the league. The Wizards beat the Rockford Lightning 3-1 in the best-of-five semi-finals of the playoffs, and in the winner-take-all championship game, they beat the Idaho Stampede 132-129. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The Rockford Lightning are a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association. ... The Idaho Stampede are a basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ...


After the 2003-2004 season, coach Dave Joerger left the Wizards for a coaching opportunity with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Wizards announced that former assistant coach Casey Owens would become the head coach and Brian Walsh would become the assistant. The Wizards lost their opening two games versus the Skyforce, but then cruised to a 12 game winning streak before losing to Sioux Falls on New Year's Eve, 2004. The Wizards also lost two potential all-stars, Billy Keys and Dickey Simpkins, left the team in mid-season to play overseas. The Sioux Falls Skyforce are a basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ...


In the end, the Wizards clinched home court advantage throughout the 2005 playoffs with a league-best 32-16 record. Dakota split their first four playoff games with their first-round opponents, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, until Sioux Falls won game five with a 102-97 victory. The Sioux Falls Skyforce are a basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ...


After the 2004-05 season, head coach Casey Owens was replaced by former Baylor University head coach Dave Bliss. The Wizards ownership never made it clear why Owens was not offered a new contract after coaching the team to the best record in the CBA in 2004-05. Hiring Bliss caused some controversy among basketball fans, as Bliss was previously involved in a basketball scandal involving the death of one of his Baylor University players, Patrick Dennehy. Dave Bliss then resigned after the 2005-2006 season, in which the Wizards finished 19-29 and missed the playoffs. Dave Bliss was a college basketball coach, who resigned as head coach at Baylor University during the Summer of 2003 after an internal investigation discovered Bliss had paid the tuition of two players, Corey Herring and Patrick Dennehy. ...


It was widely speculated that they were going to fold, but on April 1, the team announced a three-year lease agreement with their arena. Five days later, on April 6, they announced they were switching to the NBA Development League. The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ...


On May 25, 2006, the Wizards announced that Dave Joerger would be returning as the team's Head Coach for the 2006-2007 NBA Development League season. He was signed to a two year deal. A few weeks later it was announced that the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards would be the team's NBA affiliates. The number of affiliates varied from team to team. Some had three affiliates, some had two, and the Los Angeles D-Fenders had one. As former CBA teams, the Wizards, the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Idaho Stampede had more experience in signing players, so they were given two affiliates each. The less experienced teams were given three. The National Basketball Association Development League, more commonly known as the NBA Development League, NBA D-League, or just D-League, is the NBAs officially sponsored and operated developmental basketball organization. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... The Los Angeles D-Fenders are a team in the NBA Development League. ... The abbreviation CBA can refer to: California Bluegrass Association Canadian Bankers Association Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Canadian Booksellers Association (CBA) CBA (AM), the CBC Radio One station in Moncton, New Brunswick CBA-FM, the CBC Radio Two station in Moncton Central Bank of Armenia Christian Booksellers Association Christian Brothers Academy... The Sioux Falls Skyforce are a basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ... The Idaho Stampede are a basketball team that play in the NBA Development League. ...


Year-by-year record

International Basketball Association

Year GP W L Pct. Finish Playoffs
1995-96 24 7 17 .292 5th, IBA Out of Playoffs
1996-97 30 17 13 .567 2nd, IBA Lost in IBA Finals
1997-98 34 14 20 .412 3rd, West Out of Playoffs
1998-99 36 12 22 .353 5th, West Out of Playoffs
1999-00 36 30 6 .833 1st, West Lost in semifinals
2000-01 40 30 10 .750 1st, West Won Championship

Continental Basketball League

Year GP W L Pct. Finish Playoffs
2001-02 40 26 14 .650 1st, National Won Championship
2002-03 48 31 17 .646 1st, National Lost in semifinals
2003-04 48 34 14 .708 1st, CBA Won Championship
2004-05 48 32 16 .667 1st, Western Lost in semifinals
2005-06 48 19 29 .396 4th, Western Out of Playoffs

NBA D-League

Year GP W L Pct. Finish Playoffs
2006-07 50 33 17 .667 1st, Eastern Champ. Game 4/29/07

External links

  • Official Site
NBA Development League
East Division: Arkansas RimRockers | Austin Toros | Dakota Wizards | Fort Worth Flyers | Sioux Falls Skyforce | Tulsa 66ers
West Division: Albuquerque Thunderbirds | Anaheim Arsenal | Bakersfield Jam | Colorado 14ers | Idaho Stampede | Los Angeles D-Fenders
Suspended operations: Florida Flame
Expected to begin play in 2007-08: Fort Wayne | Iowa | Rio Grande Valley | Utah Flash
Defunct/Former Teams: Asheville Altitude | Charleston Lowgators | Columbus Riverdragons | Fayetteville Patriots
Greenville Groove | Huntsville Flight | Mobile Revelers | Roanoke Dazzle
International Basketball Association
Billings RimRockers | Black Hills Gold | Black Hills Posse | Dakota Wizards | Des Moines Dragons | Fargo-Moorhead Beez | Mansfield Hawks | Magic City Snowbears | Rapid City Thrillers | Rochester Skeeters | St. Cloud Rock'n Rollers | St. Paul Slam! | Salina Rattlers | Saskatchewan Hawks | Siouxland Bombers | South Dakota Gold | Winnipeg Cyclone | Wisconsin Blast

  Results from FactBites:
 
ESPN - Dakota Wizards linked to Memphis - NBA (690 words)
Besides having former Wizards coach Dave Joerger on their bench as an assistant coach, the Grizzlies will be one of the NBA teams affiliated with the Wizards.
Dakota will keep its affiliation with the Washington Wizards and will be paired with the Grizzlies as well, under the 2007-08 affiliations announced Thursday by the NBA Development League.
The Bulls assigned Martynas Andriuskevicius to the Wizards in December, but the center's tenure with the Wizards was cut short after he suffered a fractured skull during a fight in practice.
Dakota Wizards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (433 words)
The Dakota Wizards are a basketball team in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).
The team was originally formed in 1995 as a member of the International Basketball Association, a basketball circuit based in the northern United States and western Canada.
Dakota split their first four playoff games with their first-round opponents, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, until Sioux Falls won game five with a 102-97 victory.
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