Austin Spurs
Austin Spurs logo
ConferenceWestern
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2001
HistoryColumbus Riverdragons
2001–2005
Austin Toros
2005–2014
Austin Spurs
2014–present
ArenaH-E-B Center at Cedar Park
LocationCedar Park, Texas
Team colorsBlack, silver, white[1][2]
     
General managerBrent Barry
Head coachWill Voigt
OwnershipSpurs Sports & Entertainment
Affiliation(s)San Antonio Spurs
Championships2 (2012, 2018)
Conference titles4 (2005, 2008, 2012, 2018)
Division titles5 (2005, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2018)
Websiteaustin.gleague.nba.com

The Austin Spurs are an American professional basketball team in the NBA G League based in Cedar Park, Texas, and are affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs. The team plays their home games at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park. The team has made the postseason in 8 out of 14 seasons in the NBA Development League.

On October 15, 2014, after the San Antonio Spurs purchased the franchise, the team colors and logo were changed to reflect the silver and black motif used by the Spurs.[1]

The Spurs are coached by Will Voigt. Their general manager is Brent Barry.

Franchise history

The Austin Spurs were established in Columbus, Georgia, as the Columbus Riverdragons. The franchise in 2005 was sold to Southwest Basketball, LLC, and were relocated to the city of Austin, Texas. Following the relocation, the franchise changed their name and logo becoming the Austin Toros, which was unveiled on August 10, 2005. The Toros name was the only NBA-associated team and first D-League team to possess a nickname of Spanish origin. The Toros began play during the 2005–06 season.

On June 28, 2007, the Toros were acquired by the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the second D-League team to be owned by an NBA team, after the Los Angeles D-Fenders were purchased by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.[3]

On August 9, 2010, the Toros announced they would move to the Cedar Park Center from the Austin Convention Center and for the 2010–11 season.

On April 28, 2012, the Toros defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders in Game 3 of the NBA D-League Finals to capture their first championship in franchise history.[4]

On October 15, 2014, the team announced that they would be changing their name to the Austin Spurs, in reference to their parent team.[1]

On April 10, 2018, the Spurs defeated Raptors 905 to secure their second G League championship.[5]

In 2019, the Spurs played in the 2019 FIBA Intercontinental Cup in Rio de Janeiro, as the first G League team to play in the tournament.[6] Austin lost in the semi-final to Flamengo.

In 2020, the Spurs named Tyler Self, son of Hall of Fame coach Bill Self, as the Austin Spurs' general manager and Matt Nielsen as the head coach.[7] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team played an abbreviated 2020–21 bubble season in Orlando.

Prior to the 2021–22 season, Petar Božić was named Austin's head coach after Nielsen was moved over to San Antonio as an assistant coach.[8][9]

Prior to the 2022–23 season, Brent Barry was named Austin Spurs' general manager.[10]

Home arenas

Season-by-season

Season Division Finish Wins Losses Pct. Postseason results
Columbus Riverdragons
2001–02 3rd 31 25 .554 Lost Semifinals (Greenville) 1–2
2002–03 6th 23 27 .460
2003–04 6th 18 28 .391
2004–05 1st 30 18 .625 Won Semifinals (Roanoke) 96–89
Lost NBDL Finals (Asheville) 67–90
Austin Toros
2005–06 6th 24 24 .500
2006–07 Eastern 5th 21 29 .420
Austin Toros
2007–08 Southwestern 1st 30 20 .600 Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 99–93
Lost D-League Finals (Idaho) 1–2
2008–09 Southwestern 2nd 32 18 .640 Won First Round (Idaho) 119–116 (OT)
Lost Semifinals (Colorado) 111–114
2009–10 Western 2nd 32 18 .640 Won First Round (Dakota) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Rio Grande Valley) 1–2
2010–11 Western 8th 22 28 .440
2011–12 Western 2nd 33 17 .660 Won First Round (Erie) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2–1
Won League Finals (Los Angeles) 2–1
2012–13 Central 2nd 27 23 .700 Won First Round (Bakersfield) 2–0
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 0–2
2013–14 Central 6th 19 31 .380
Austin Spurs
2014–15 Southwest 1st 32 18 .640 Won Conf. Semifinal (Bakersfield) 2–1
Lost Conf. Final (Santa Cruz) 1–2
2015–16 Southwest 1st 30 20 .600 Won Conf. Semifinal (Rio Grande Valley) 2–1
Lost Conf. Final (Los Angeles) 1–2
2016–17 Southwest 4th 25 25 .500
2017–18 Southwest 1st 32 18 .640 Won Conf. Semifinal (Rio Grande Valley) 117–91
Won Conf. Final (South Bay) 104–93
Won League Finals (Raptors) 2–0
2018–19 Southwest 3rd 20 30 .400
2019–20 Southwest 2nd 24 18 .571 Season cancelled by COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 5th 10 5 .667 Lost Quarterfinal (Delaware) 103–124
2021–22 Western 11th 13 19 .406
2022–23 Western 14th 8 24 .250
Regular season 536 483 .526
Playoffs 26 21 .553

Current roster

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB From
G 22 Avdalovic, Luke 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-11-08 Pacific
C 27 Bediako, Charles 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 2002-03-10 Alabama
G 15 Bouyea, Jamaree (TW) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999-06-27 San Francisco
G 7 Duke, David Jr. (TW) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 204 lb (93 kg) 1999-10-13 Providence
F 0 Gray, RaiQuan (TW) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 269 lb (122 kg) 1999-07-07 Florida State
G 4 Johnson, Kaleb 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996-11-21 Georgetown
G 5 Kier, Justin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1998-05-30 Arizona
F/C 19 Massalski, Yauhen 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1999-03-25 San Francisco
G 3 McCoy, Javante 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1998-01-24 Boston University
G 2 Rachal, Brandon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1999-09-30 Tulsa
F 18 Washburn, Julian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991-12-18 UTEP
G/F 1 Watson, Paul 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994-12-30 Fresno State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (P) Prospects
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: June 10, 2024

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Jeff Malone 2001–2005 200 102 98 .510 5 2 3 .400
2 Dennis Johnson 2005–2007 98 45 53 .459
3 Quin Snyder 2007–2010 150 94 56 .627 12 6 6 .500
4 Brad Jones 2010–2012 100 55 45 .550 9 6 3 .667 D-League Champion (2011–12)
5 Taylor Jenkins 2012–2013 50 27 23 .540 4 2 2 .500
6 Ken McDonald 2013–2017 200 106 94 .540 12 6 6 .500
7 Blake Ahearn 2017–2020 100 52 48 .520 4 4 0 1.000 G League Champion (2017–18)
8 Matt Nielsen 2020–2021 15 10 5 .667 1 0 1 .000
9 Petar Božić 2021–2023 64 21 43 .328
10 Will Voigt 2023–present

NBA affiliates

Columbus Riverdragons

Austin Toros

Austin Spurs

In international competitions

FIBA Intercontinental Cup

Main article: FIBA Intercontinental Cup

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

Year Round W L W%
Brazil 2019 Fourth place 0 2 .000
Total 0 2 .000

References

  1. ^ a b c "Spurs Sports & Entertainment Austin-based NBA Development League team has been renamed the Austin Spurs". Spurs.com (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. October 15, 2014. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ "Austin Spurs Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Spurs Purchase Austin Toros of NBA Developmental League".
  4. ^ "Austin Toros Win 2012 NBA Development League Championship". Archived from the original on 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2013-09-18.
  5. ^ "Spurs Win NBA G League Championship". NBA G League. April 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "NBA G League champions Austin Spurs highlight revamped four-team FIBA Intercontinental Cup". FIBA. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  7. ^ "AUSTIN SPURS NAME MATT NIELSEN HEAD COACH AND TYLER SELF GENERAL MANAGER". Austin Spurs. November 10, 2020.
  8. ^ "Austin Spurs Name Petar Božić Head Coach". OurSports Central. September 17, 2021.
  9. ^ "Spurs name Matt Nielsen assistant coach". NBA.com. September 8, 2021. Retrieved September 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "Brent Barry Named Austin Spurs General Manager". austin.gleague.nba.com. September 23, 2022.