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27 Teams In 27 Days: Meet The Long Island Nets

By Jake Winderman | September 2, 2018

Team: Long Island Nets

First Season: 2016-2017

Affiliate: Brooklyn Nets

Location: Uniondale, New York

Arena: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Head Coach: Will Weaver

Mascot: Dale The Eagle

2017-2018 Finish: 27-23 (3rd in Atlantic)

2018 NBA G League 1st Round Pick(s): 14th and 22nd (From Rio Grande Valley)I

Notable Alumni: Isaiah Whitehead, Taurean Prince, Yogi Ferrell, Chris McCullough, R.J. Hunter, Anthony Bennett, Mike Scott, Tim Quarterman, Cheick Diallo, Carrick Felix, Gary Forbes

The Long Island Nets entered the NBA G League in 2016 along with the Windy City Bulls and the Greensboro Swarm. In June of 2015, the Brooklyn Nets announced that they had intentions of buying a G League team to pair their NBA franchise with. In November of that same year, Brooklyn officially announced that they had acquired the rights to an NBA G League team set to play in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Due to renovations at the coliseum, the Long Island Nets played their first season at the Barclays Center, home of their NBA affiliate the Brooklyn Nets.

The team chose red, white and blue as their color scheme to honor the New York Nets, a former ABA team that played their games at Nassau Coliseum in the 1970s. The circular logo pays tribute to the N.Y.N. as well as the font used on the jerseys. Team ownership made it a priority at the very start of the franchise to honor the New York Nets in their logo, colors and jersey. The Nets are also one of two NBA G League teams to call the state of New York their home along with the Westchester Knicks.

The Long Island Nets charted their first winning season in franchise history during 2017-2018. Long Island went 27-23, but just failed to make the postseason. Isaiah Whitehead and Milton Doyle paved the way offensively for the Nets last season, averaging 22.3 points and 20.5 points respectively a game. Shannon Scott led the team in dimes with 4.8 assists per contest, while Kamari Murphy paced the team in boards with 7.4 rebounds per game.

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