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Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Albuquerque Thunderbirds logo
Founded 2001
History Huntsville Flight
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Arena Santa Ana Star Center
City Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team Colors Orange, Dark Yellow, Black, White
(Albuquerque Thunderbirds - 2005-2006 through present)
Red, Yellow, Navy, White
(Huntsville Flight - 2001-2002 through 2004-2005)
Head Coach John Coffino
Owner Sam & Jackie Bregman
Championships 1 (2006)
Division Titles 1 (2006)
Affiliations Dallas Mavericks ("local" affiliate)
New Orleans Hornets

The Albuquerque Thunderbirds is the name of an NBA Development League minor league basketball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. Their NBA affiliates are the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. The games are broadcast in Albuquerque on 96.3 KBZU, produced by Roberto Gonzales.


Franchise history

Huntsville Flight logo
The Albuquerque Thunderbirds playing a game at the Tingley Coliseum.

The team was formed as the Huntsville Flight and were established in Huntsville, Alabama in 2001 as a founding member of the NBDL, the affiliate minor league of the NBA. The team ended its tenure in Alabama at the conclusion of the 2005 season after finishing 3rd in the overall NBDL standings at 27-21. They became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds the following season. In 2006, the team also won the D-League Championship game over the Fort Worth Flyers in their first year of existence in Albuquerque. They are directly affiliated with NBA teams the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, and the Phoenix Suns. In the 2006-2007 season, along with the Tulsa 66ers (formerly the Asheville Altitude), the Austin Toros (formerly the Columbus Riverdragons), and the Florida Flame (formerly the Charleston Lowgators), who are not playing for the 2006-2007 season. The Albuquerque Thunderbirds (formerly the Huntsville Flight) are playing in their sixth season in the National Basketball Association Development League.


Season Division Regular Season Playoffs Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Pct.
Huntsville Flight
2001–02 5th 26 30 .464
2002–03 8th 22 28 .440
2003–04 3rd 24 22 .522 Won Semifinals
Lost D-League Finals
Huntsville 108, Charleston 100
Asheville 108, Huntsville 106
2004–05 3rd 27 21 .563 Lost Semifinals Asheville 90, Huntsville 86
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2005–06 2nd 26 22 .542 Won Semifinals
Won D-League Finals
Albuquerque 80, Florida 71
Albuquerque 119, Fort Worth 108
2006–07 Western 3rd 24 26 .480 Lost Semifinals Colorado 130, Albuquerque 100
2007–08 Southwestern 4th 22 28 .440
2008–09 Southwestern 3rd 24 26 .480
2009–10 Western 18 25 .419
Regular Season Record 212 219 .370 2001-2010
Playoff Record 3 3 .500 2001-2010

Players of note

Current Roster

Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Current Roster
Head Coach: John Coffino
Associate Head Coach: Darvin Ham, Dean Garrett
Athletic Trainer: Jamal James
G 6'3 Antoine Agudio (Hofstra)
G 6'2 Kris Collins (New Mexico)
G/F 6'5 Anthony Danridge (New Mexico)
F 6'7 Shane Edwards (Arkansas-Little Rock)
G 6'2 Jason Horton (Missouri)
F 6'9 Marcus Hubbard (Southern)
C 6'10 Kurt Looby (Iowa)
F/C 6'10 Kevin Pittsnogle (West Virginia)
F 6'7 Carlos Powell (South Carolina)
G 6'6 Chad Toppert (New Mexico)

As of January 31, 2010

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