Greensboro Swarm

The Greensboro Swarm are an American basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the team plays their home games at the Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse. The team became the eleventh G League team to be owned by an NBA team.[3]

Greensboro Swarm
LeagueNBA G League
Founded2016
HistoryGreensboro Swarm
2016–present
ArenaGreensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse
LocationGreensboro, North Carolina
Team colorsTeal, dark purple, cool gray, white[1][2]
                   
PresidentSteve Swetoha
Head coachJoe Wolf
OwnershipCharlotte Hornets
Affiliation(s)Charlotte Hornets
Championships0
Division/Conference titles0
Websitegreensboro.gleague.nba.com

History

In May 2015, the Charlotte Hornets announced that they planned to bring an NBA D-League team to the Carolinas in 2016.[4] After considering several cities and arenas,[5][6][7][8] the Hornets settled on Greensboro, North Carolina, with its home to be at the Pavilion at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.[9] On December 29, the name and logo of the Swarm was unveiled during an intermission between the women's and men's championship games of the 40th anniversary of HAECO Invitational presented by NewBridge Bank at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex Special Events Center and featured Charlotte Hornets players and executives, Hugo the Hornet, the Honey Bees (cheerleading for the Hornets), Swarm Squad, and special guests.[1]

On July 25, 2016, the Charlotte Hornets hired Denver Nuggets assistant Noel Gillespie to be the head coach of the Swarm.[10][11] After two seasons and no appearances in the playoffs, Gillespie's contract was not renewed[12] and he was replaced by Joe Wolf.[13]

Season-by-season

Season Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesWin %
Greensboro Swarm
2016–17Atlantic4th1931.380
2017–18Southeast3rd1634.320
2018–19Southeast3rd2426.480
Regular season record5991.393
Playoff record00

Current roster

Greensboro Swarm roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
G 18 Berry, Joel 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1995–04–01 North Carolina
G 13 Chealey, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995–11–01 College of Charleston
G 22 Dawson, John 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1995–04–12 Liberty
F 3 Franks, Robert (TW) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1996–12–18 Washington State
G 8 Ingram, Donte 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1996–08–15 Loyola–Chicago
F 9 Montana, Max 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996–01–11 San Diego State
G 6 Nelson, Tyler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995–08–09 Fairfield
G 21 Odiase, Tai 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–09–21 UIC
G 1 Perkins, Josh 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995–08–25 Gonzaga
G 2 Simmons, Kobi (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 166 lb (75 kg) 1997–07–04 Arizona
C 54 Welsh, Thomas 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1996–02–03 UCLA
F 7 Wiggins, Demajeo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1997–08–10 Bowling Green
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • James Maye
  • Nicholas Saenz
  • Jeff Lebo
  • Tyler Lesher (Athletic Trainer)

Legend
  • (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

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–11–24

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
GWLWin%GWLWin%
1Noel Gillespie2016–20181003565.350
2Joe Wolf2018–present502426.480

NBA affiliates

References

  1. mrochinski (July 6, 2016). "Hornets D-League Team To Be Known As Greensboro Swarm". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  2. "Greensboro Swarm Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  3. "NBA Development League Expands to Record 20 Teams as Hornets Sports & Entertainment Purchases Team" (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. October 27, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  4. "Hornets Sports & Entertainment Announces Intent To Launch Owned-and-Operated NBA D-League Team". Charlotte Hornets. May 4, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. Jarrett, Keith (May 9, 2015). "Would minor-league pro basketball fly in Asheville?". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  6. Dominguez, Joe (May 4, 2015). "Sports fans excited about potential D-League basketball team in Greensboro". WGHP. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  7. Mills, Jeff (May 8, 2015). "Bid proposes Greensboro be home of Charlotte Hornets D-League team". News & Record. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. Dial, Steven (May 15, 2015). "Could An NBA D-League Be Headed For Columbia?". WLTX. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  9. Mills, Jeff (October 25, 2015). "Charlotte Hornets chose Greensboro for new D-League team". News & Record. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  10. Bonnell, Rick (July 15, 2016). "Source: Nuggets' Noel Gillespie offered Swarm head-coach position". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  11. "Greensboro Swarm Name Noel Gillespie Head Coach" (Press release). NBA Media Ventures, LLC. July 25, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  12. "Hornets shake-up trickles down, Noel Gillespie out as Greensboro Swarm coach". News & Record. April 13, 2018.
  13. "North Carolina alum Joe Wolf named head coach of Greensboro Swarm". News & Record. September 10, 2018.
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