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28 Teams In 28 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

2018-2019 Finish: 34-16 (1st in Atlantic Division), lost in NBA G League Finals (2-1)

2018-19 Accolades: Alan Williams (All-NBA G League 1st Team), Theo Pinson (All-NBA G League 2nd Team/NBA G League All-Rookie Team)

2018-19 NBA Call-Ups: Mitch Creek (to Brooklyn on 10-Day Contract, to Timberwolves on 10-Day Contract), Tahjere McCall (to Brooklyn on 10-Day Contract)

Current Two-Way Players: Henry Ellenson (Marquette)

Notable Alumni: Isaiah Whitehead, Taurean Prince, Yogi Ferrell, Chris McCullough, R.J. Hunter, Anthony Bennett, Mike Scott, Tim Quarterman, Cheick Diallo, Dzanan Musa, Theo Pinson, Alan Williams, Treveon Graham, Rodions Kurucs

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.

Long Island also set several franchise-records during their most recent season. The Nets won the 2018-19 Eastern Conference Championship and advanced to their first-ever NBA G League Finals, where they would fall to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 2-1. During the 2018-19 season, the Nets charted several other franchise achievements including their first playoff appearance, their first playoff win, their first division title and their highest regular season win total ever. Throughout the course of the year, Mitch Creek and Tahjere McCall both received NBA Call-Ups, while Alan Williams and Theo Pinson both earned All-NBA G League Team honors.

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