28 Teams In 28 Days: Meet The Capital City Go-Go

By Jake Winderman | August 26, 2018

Team: Capital City Go-Go

First Season: 2018-2019 (Inaugural Season)

Affiliate: Washington Wizards

Location: Washington, D.C.

Arena: St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena

Head Coach: Jarell Christian

2018-19 Finish: 25-25 (2nd in Southeast Division)

2018-19 Accolades: Jordan McRae (All-NBA G League 1st Team), Chris Chiozza (NBA G League All-Rookie Team)

2018-19 NBA Call-Ups: Chasson Randle (to Wizards, 2x), Chris Chiozza (to Rockets, 2x)

Current Two-Way Player(s): Garrison Mathews (Lipscomb)

On June 21, 2017, the Washington Wizards announced that they had acquired the rights to operate an NBA G League franchise. That franchise is now known as the Capital City Go-Go and is the record 27th team to join the G League. The Go-Go will begin to write their legacy during the 2018-2019 season just five miles away from Capital One Arena at St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena, home of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and practice facility of their NBA-affiliate, the Washington Wizards.

The Capital City Go-Go unveiled their name just under 6 months after the announcement of their expansion in December of 2017. The name “Go-Go” comes from a popular music genre that originated in Washington D.C. in the 1960s and 1970s. Popular artists such as Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers popularized go-go music in the area before it started to spread throughout the nation. The term Capital City refers to the team’s location in the United States capital.

On August 7, 2018, the Go-Go announced Pops Mensah-Bonsu as the team’s first ever general manager and Jarell Christian as the squad’s first head coach. Mensah-Bonsu spent the past two seasons in San Antonio, working as a pro personnel scout under Gregg Popovich. He also played in the NBA for 8 seasons and the NBA G League for 34 games. Mensah-Bonsu was awarded the NBA G League All-Star Game MVP in 2007.

Christian comes to Washington by way of Oklahoma City. He worked with the Blue for the past four seasons as an assistant coach, helping to guide the team to three playoff appearances. Christian served as interim head coach of the team at the end of the 2015-2016 season when former head coach Mark Daigneault joined the Thunder’s coaching staff.

On August 22, 2018, the 2018 NBA G League Expansion Draft was held to help fill Capital City’s roster. The team selected Lavoy Allen (Northern Arizona Suns), Quinton Chievous (Santa Cruz Warriors), Michael Cobbins (Oklahoma City Blue), Will Cummings (Oklahoma City Blue), Alex Davis (Northern Arizona Suns), Will Davis (Windy City Bulls), Duje Dukan (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), Kellen Dunham (Iowa Wolves), Alonzo Gee (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Luke Harangody (Delaware Blue Coats), Tyler Harvey (Stockton Kings), Pe’Shon Howard (Stockton Kings), Vince Hunter (Wisconsin Herd) and Stephen Zimmerman (South Bay Lakers). One day later, the Go-Go traded Stephen Zimmerman to the Westchester Knicks for Chasson Randle and Duje Dukan to Westchester in a deal that sent Josh Davis to Capital City and Travis Trice to Wisconsin.

The Go-Go finished their inaugural season with a 25-25 record, good for 2nd in the Southeast Division. Capital City defended their homecourt with an impressive 14-11 record, led by All-NBA G League Rookie Team guard and eventual NBA Call-Up Chris Chiozza. All-NBA G League 1st Team forward Jordan McRae also played an instrumental role in the Go-Go’s first-season success.

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