In September of 2015, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA G League
became part of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment family.
With the acquisition, the Mad Ants became the 10th G League team to
be wholly owned by an NBA franchise and now all 26 G League teams are
singly-affiliated with NBA franchises.
“We are proud to extend the Pacers brand into Northeast Indiana and
excited about continuing the tradition of professional basketball in Fort
Wayne,” said PS&E owner Herb Simon. “We will work closely with the
Mad Ants staff to provide support and expertise on both the business and
basketball sides and we hope to build on their enthusiastic fan base.”
The Mad Ants are in their fourth year under new ownership, which
lured in a franchise-record number of sellouts during the 2017-18
campaign. En route to a division title and another postseason bid, Fort
Wayne fans witnessed Walter Lemon Jr. finish second in the G League in
scoring before being signed by the New Orleans Pelicans. Ben Moore and
Edmond Sumner, Indiana’s two-way players during the 2017-18 season,
also secured starring roles during the Mad Ants’ playoff run last year.
Prior to the 2016-17 season, former minor league
baseball executive Tim Bawmann became president
of the Mad Ants. Bawmann joined current Mad Ants
General Manager, Brian Levy, who was previously
the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns’
G League team in Bakersfield, Calif.
Steve Gansey will guide the Mad Ants for his
third season as the head coach after returning to
Fort Wayne in 2015, following a one-year stint as
an assistant with the Canton Charge. Gansey’s
career with the Mad Ants began in 2009-10 when
he served as an assistant coach.
The Mad Ants, champions of the D-League in
2014 and runners-up in 2015, will continue to
play their 24 home games in Allen County War
Memorial Coliseum. This will be their 11th season
in the G League.
The Pacers assign players from their roster to
the Mad Ants. In addition, the Mad Ants employ
the Pacers’ offensive and defensive schemes.
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