Rio Grande Valley Vipers

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are an American professional basketball team based in Edinburg, Texas. The Vipers compete in the NBA G League, and play their home games at the Bert Ogden Arena. With three League titles in 2010, 2013, and 2016 Third NBA title in team history.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers
LeagueNBA G League
HistoryRio Grande Valley Vipers
ArenaBert Ogden Arena
LocationEdinburg, Texas
Team colorsRed, gray, black, white[1][2]
General managerTravis Stockbridge
Head coachMahmoud Abdelfattah
OwnershipJeffrey Kapilivsky
Championships3 (2010, 2013, 2016)
Conference titles5 (2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019)
Division titles3 (2010, 2013, 2019)

The Vipers entered a single-partnership affiliation agreement with the Houston Rockets during the 2009–10 season. Previously, they were also affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2007–08 and the New Orleans Hornets from 2007 to 2009.


After the finish of the 2006–07 season, the D-League announced an expansion to Hidalgo, Texas, with the team name "Rio Grande Valley Vipers". In their debut season, 2007–08, they finished with a 21–29 record, failing to qualify for the playoffs. In 2008–09, they finished with the same record, failing to advance to the playoffs for the second year in a row.

In 2009, the Vipers and the Houston Rockets entered into a single affiliation partnership in which the Rockets controlled the Vipers' basketball operations while the franchise remains under local ownership by Alonzo Cantu.[3] The result paid immediate dividends in the 2009–10 season, as the Vipers enjoyed their most successful season. Led by league MVP Mike Harris, and coach of the year Chris Finch, the Vipers went 34–16, tops in the Western Conference, and earned the franchise's first playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Vipers beat both Reno and Austin in 3 games, and swept Tulsa in the Finals to earn the franchise's first championship.[4]

In 2013, the Vipers won their second title over the Santa Cruz Warriors. Andrew Goudelock won the NBA Development League Most Valuable Player Award and got called up by the Los Angeles Lakers.

In November 2013, the Vipers announced Gianluca Pascucci as the general manager and Nevada Smith as the head coach.[5][6]

On February 26, 2015, the Vipers broke ground on a new arena in Edinburg called Bert Ogden Arena and was originally scheduled for completion in October 2016. The arena was reportedly initially designed to house 8,500 seats, along with being a venue used for entertainment. The Vipers are the main tenant and operator (while the City of Edinburg will own the arena), and there will be a 40-by-20 foot jumbotron, the largest in the league. The arena was funded by sales taxes and cost an estimated $68 million, with nearly half being funded privately.[7] After a few delays, the new arena was announced to have a grand opening in June 2018, with the Vipers beginning play in the arena for the 2018–19 season, and an estimated end cost of $88 million.[8]

On August 18, 2015, the Vipers named Matt Brase their new head coach.[9]

On April 12, 2019, the Vipers won their third championship in a 129–112 game three win against the Long Island Nets.[10]


Season Division Regular season Playoffs
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2009–10Western1st3416.680Won First Round (Reno) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Austin) 2–1
Won D-League Finals (Tulsa) 2–0
2010–11Western2nd3317.660Won First Round (Bakersfield) 2–1
Won Semifinals (Reno) 2–0
Lost D-League Finals (Iowa) 1–2
2012–13Central1st3515.700Won First Round (Maine) 2–0
Won Semifinals (Tulsa) 2–0
Won D-League Finals (Santa Cruz) 2–0
2013–14Central3rd3020.600Won First Round (Iowa) 2–1
Lost Semifinals (Santa Cruz) 1–2
2015–16Southwest2nd2921.580Lost First Round (Austin) 1–2
2016–17Southwest2nd3218.640Won First Round (Los Angeles) 2–1
Won Conf. Finals (Oklahoma City) 2–1
Lost Finals (Raptors 905) 1–2
2017–18Southwest2nd2921.580Won First Round (Texas) 107–100
Lost Conf. Semifinal (Austin) 91–117
2018–19Southwest1st3416.680Won Conf. Semifinal (Memphis) 135–118
Won Conf. Final (Santa Cruz) 144–125
Won League Finals (Long Island) 2–1
Regular season317233.576

Current roster

Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster
Pos.No.NameHeightWeightDOB (YYYY-MM-DD)From
F 7 Blossomgame, Jaron 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–09–16 Clemson
G 0 Boykins, Jacobi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1995–02–11 Louisiana Tech
F 1 Brown, Jabari 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1992–12–18 Missouri
G 3 Clemons, Chris (TW) 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1997–07–23 Campbell
G 21 Frazier, Michael (TW) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1994–03–08 Florida
F/C 55 Hartenstein, Isaiah (NBA) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1998–05–05 Germany
F 8 Maker, Matur 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1998–01–01 Australia
G 5 McDowell-White, William 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1998–04–13 Australia
G 12 Roach, Kerwin 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1996–10–24 Texas
G 13 Rodríguez, Ángel 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1992–12–05 Miami (FL)
G 44 Sampson, Brandon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 184 lb (83 kg) 1997–05–01 LSU
F 11 Shabazz, Ronshad 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1996–02–22 Appalachian State
F 26 Spalding, Ray 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1997–03–11 Louisville
G 4 Thornwell, Sindarius 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1994–11–15 South Carolina
Head coach
  • Mahmoud Abdelfattah
Assistant coach(es)
  • Devan Blair
  • Sam Daghlas
  • Antoine Broxsie (player development)

  • (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

Last transaction: 2019–11–17

Head coaches

# Head coach Term Regular season Playoffs Achievements
1Bob Hoffman2007–2008502129.420
2Clay Moser2008–2009502129.420
3Chris Finch2009–20111006733.67016115.6882010 D-League Championship
4Nick Nurse2011–20131005941.5906601.0002013 D-League Championship
5Nevada Smith2013–20151005743.570633.500
6Matt Brase2015–20181509060.6001477.5002017 D-League Western Conference Champions
7Joseph Blair2018–2019503416.680541.8002019 G League Championship
8Mahmoud Abdelfattah2019–present

Past players

  • See Category:Rio Grande Valley Vipers players for all players who are notable enough to have articles and have played for the team.

Players assigned from NBA teams

Players recalled to the NBA

Players called up to the NBA

NBA affiliates


  1. "RGV Vipers 2015-16 Quick Facts" (PDF). 2017–18 RGV Vipers Media Guide. NBA Properties, Inc. November 3, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  2. "Rio Grande Valley Vipers Reproduction Guideline Sheet". NBA Properties, Inc. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  3. "Rockets taking over Vipers". ESPN. June 29, 2009.
  4. May, Peter (2008-02-03). "A Maine focus in D-League". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
  5. "Gianluca Pascucci Named GM of the Vipers".
  7. "RGV VIPERS BREAK GROUND ON NEW ARENA". Rio Grande Valley Vipers. February 26, 2015.
  8. "Tour offers glimpse of Bert Ogden Arena amenities". Brownsville Herald. April 18, 2018.
  9. "Rio Grande Valley Hires Matt Brase As Head Coach". NBA Development League. August 18, 2015.
  10. "Rio Grande Valley vs. Long Island - Game Summary - April 12, 2019 - ESPN". Retrieved 2019-04-13.
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