Fort Wayne Mad Ants
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the home venue for the team. The team is the first minor league basketball franchise to play in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. The Mad Ants won their first D-League championship in 2014. In September 2015, the Indiana Pacers purchased the Mad Ants, which thus became the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate.
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|League||NBA G League|
|History||Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|Arena||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|Location||Fort Wayne, Indiana|
|Team colors||Navy blue, gold, cool gray|
|General manager||Brian Levy|
|Head coach||Steve Gansey|
|Conference titles||2 (2014, 2015)|
|Division titles||2 (2014, 2018)|
The franchise held a name-the-team contest on their website where fans could vote on one of the four finalists: Lightning, Fire, Coyotes, and Mad Ants. The winning name of Mad Ants was chosen as a salute to the city's and fort's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
For the 2007–08 season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The Pistons were founded in Fort Wayne by industrialist and piston manufacturing company owner Fred Zollner as the Zollner Pistons, before moving to Detroit in 1957. The Mad Ants added the Milwaukee Bucks as their third affiliate for the 2008–09 season. The Bucks were previously a parent club for the Tulsa 66ers until Professional Basketball Club, LLC (owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder) purchased the 66ers to be Oklahoma City's exclusive affiliate.
In 2012–13, the Mad Ants, in addition to their affiliations with the Pistons, Pacers, and Bucks, were also affiliated with the Charlotte Bobcats.
In 2013–14, the Mad Ants made it through to the D-League Finals for the first time with a 126–118 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce, winning the second round series 2–0. The Mad Ants defeated the Santa Cruz Warriors 2–0 in the Finals series to claim their first D-League title in franchise history. Following that season, the Mad Ants were affiliated with the remaining NBA teams that did not have exclusive affiliates, after the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic associated with the Bakersfield Jam and the Erie BayHawks respectively, and D-League teams were created for both the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.
In September 2015, Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) purchased the Mad Ants, thus making the team the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate. Brian Levy was named General Manager by PS&E. In 2017, the Mad Ants changed their colors to navy blue, gold, cool gray and white, the same colors as their parent club the Indiana Pacers.
The Mad Ants were featured in the 'MyCareer' mode in NBA 2K19, a basketball game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports.
|Season||Division||Regular season||Postseason results|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2012–13||Eastern||2nd||27||23||.540||Lost First Round (Santa Cruz) 0–2|
|2013–14||Eastern||1st||34||16||.680||Won First Round (Reno) 2–0|
Won Semifinals (Sioux Falls) 2–0
Won Championship (Santa Cruz) 2–0
|2014–15||Central||2nd||28||22||.560||Won First Round (Maine) 2–0|
Won Semifinals (Canton) 2–0
Lost Championship (Santa Cruz) 0–2
|2016–17||Central||2nd||30||20||.600||Lost First Round (Maine) 1–2|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2017–18||Central||1st||29||21||.580||Lost Conf. Semifinal (Erie) 116–119|
|Regular season record||287||313||.478||2007–2019|
Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster
|#||Head coach||Term||Regular season||Playoffs||Achievements|
|4||Conner Henry||2013–15||100||62||38||.620||12||10||2||.833||Won Championship (2013–14)|
- Indiana Pacers (2007–present)
- Atlanta Hawks (2014–2015)
- Brooklyn Nets (2014–2015)
- Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (2012–2015)
- Chicago Bulls (2014–2015)
- Denver Nuggets (2014–2015)
- Detroit Pistons (2007–2015)
- Los Angeles Clippers (2014–2015)
- Milwaukee Bucks (2008–2015)
- Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)
- New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2015)
- Portland Trail Blazers (2014–2015)
- Toronto Raptors (2014–2015)
- Washington Wizards (2014–2015)
In popular culture
- In the television series One Tree Hill episode "You've Dug Your Own Grave, Now Lie In It", James Lafferty's character Nathan Scott receives an offer to coach the team. The episode originally aired September 29, 2008 on The CW Network.
- In the video game NBA 2K19 the Mad Ants are featured in the MyCareer gamemode.
- Wiening, Logan (July 8, 2017). "Mad Ants Unveil New Look at Three Rivers Festival Parade". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
- "Fort Wayne Mad Ants Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- Pacers buy D-League's Mad Ants to enhance player development
- "The Ants Are Coming!". NBA Development League. June 18, 2007. Archived from the original on August 8, 2008. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- "NBA Development League". Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- Greene, Dana (July 17, 2012). "Reno Bighorns new Jazz D-League affiliate". ABC4.com. KTVX. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
- NBA Development League: Skyforce at Mad Ants Game Info
- Fort Wayne Mad Ants Capture 2014 NBA Development League Title Archived April 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- Brian Levy Named General Manager of Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Warden, Steve (September 25, 2008). "TV plot bringing team to 'Tree Hill'". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved October 1, 2008.