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Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws logo
League NBA G League
Founded 2009
History Maine Red Claws
Arena Portland Exposition Building
Location Portland, Maine
Team colors Red, green, gray, black, white[1][2]
Head coach Brandon Bailey
Ownership Maine Basketball, LLC
Affiliation(s) Boston Celtics
Championships 0
Conference titles 0
Division titles 3 (2015, 2016, 2017)
The Red Claws against the Dakota Wizards in the Portland Exposition Building in January 2011.

The Maine Red Claws are a professional minor league basketball team based in Portland, Maine. The Red Claws compete in the NBA G League and are affiliated with the Boston Celtics.[3] The team played its first season in 2009–10. The team's home court is the Portland Expo Building. The team is owned by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is chaired by William Ryan, Jr.

The Red Claws made their first playoff appearance on April 6, 2013, as the eighth seeded team and were swept by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the opening round.[4]

Franchise history[edit]

On February 25, 2009, the NBA G-League awarded the city of Portland, Maine, with an expansion franchise.[5] On July 21, 2009, the Red Claws announced Austin Ainge as the first head coach of the team.[6] During the 2009–10 season, the Red Claws were the only D-League team to sell out all 24 of their home games. This streak continued until the 2011–12 season, ending the streak at 48 consecutive games.

On June 21, 2012, the Red Claws announced that they had entered a hybrid affiliation with the Boston Celtics, making the Celtics the Red Claws' sole affiliate.[7][8]

The Red Claws made their first play-off appearance on April 11, 2013, in a 118–120 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the first game of a three-game series.[9][10]

On July 16, 2014, the Red Claws announced that Mike Taylor would not return for a third season as the team's head coach. He had a 45–55 record as coach over two seasons with the team.[11] He was replaced by Canadian Scott Morrison after 11 seasons as the head coach of Lakehead University's Lakehead Thunderwolves. Morrison spent the 2013–14 season as a D-League assistant.[12] On June 21, 2017, Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics head coach, named him as an assistant coach with the Celtics.[13]

Team name[edit]

On April 2, 2009, "Red Claws" was announced as the winning name after a name-the-team contest. Voters in the contest could choose from the Red Claws, Beacons, Crushers, Destroyers, Swarm and Traps. The name and logo give homage to the lobster fishing industry, a major economic engine of the New England area. The use of "Red" in the team's name also serves to pay tribute to longtime Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach.


Season Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Maine Red Claws
2009–10 Eastern 4th 27 23 .540
2010–11 Eastern 5th 18 32 .360
2011–12 Eastern 6th 21 29 .420
2012–13 Eastern 3rd 26 24 .520 Lost First round (Rio Grande) 0–2
2013–14 Eastern 4th 19 31 .380
2014–15 Atlantic 1st 35 15 .700 Lost First Round (Fort Wayne) 0–2
2015–16 Atlantic 1st 31 19 .620 Lost First Round (Canton Charge) 0–2
2016–17 Atlantic 1st 29 21 .580 Won First Round (Fort Wayne) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Raptors) 0–2
2017–18 Atlantic 4th 17 33 .340
Regular season record 223 227 .496 2009–2018
Playoff record 2 9 .182 2009–2018

Head coaches[edit]

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
G W L Win% G W L Win%
1 Austin Ainge 2009–11 100 45 55 .450
2 Dave Leitao 2011–12 50 21 29 .420
3 Mike Taylor 2012–14 100 45 55 .450 2 0 2 .000
4 Scott Morrison 2014–17 150 95 55 .633 9 2 7 .221 NBA D-League Coach of the Year (2015)
5 Brandon Bailey 2017–present 50 17 33 .340

Players assigned from NBA teams[edit]

Players recalled by NBA teams[edit]


Current roster[edit]

Maine Red Claws roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 20 Adeyeye, Josh 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–03–06 Jacksonville
F 15 Bennett, Anthony 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1993–03–14 UNLV
F 21 Brown, Vitto 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1995–07–31 Wisconsin
F 4 Dingle, Daniel 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–02–15 Temple
G Dozier, P. J. (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1996–10–25 South Carolina
G Lemon, Walt (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–07–26 Bradley
Head coach
  • Brandon Bailey
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (NBA) On assignment from NBA affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • (I) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: 2018–04–25


  1. ^ "Maine Red Claws Logo Unveiling". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 1, 2009. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Maine Red Claws Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Mike Lowe (2009-06-29). "Red Claws, Celtics make their partnership official". Portland Press Herald. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30.
  4. ^ "Maine Basketball LLC owner bios".
  5. ^ "NBA Development League Expands to Portland, Maine". Maine Red Claws. 2009-02-25. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-04-12.
  7. ^ "BOSTON CELTICS AND MAINE RED CLAWS ENTER INTO SINGLE AFFILIATION PARTNERSHIP BEGINNING WITH 2012-13 SEASON" (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. June 21, 2012. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  8. ^ Toscano, Jimmy (June 21, 2012). "Celtics enter into single affiliation partnership with Red Claws". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Furious Red Claws' Rally Falls Short". Archived from the original on 2013-04-13.
  10. ^ "RED CLAWS TO OPEN FIRST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS AT HOME THURSDAY". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14.
  11. ^ "NBA Development League: Red Claws Will Feature New Head Coach For 2014-15 Season". National Basketball Association. July 16, 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  12. ^ "End of an era".
  13. ^ Former Wolves coach named assistant with Celtics

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