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The NBA Announced New Development League Affiliates

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The NBA and the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA, announced the new affiliates today for the 2011-12 season.

The locations of the NBA affiliates might seem odd, but considering so many NBA teams have bought into the D-League this offseason, there's no one to blame but the big league clubs themselves for not having closer affiliates.

After taking out the direct affiliations from teams actively looking to use the D-League, the remaining 21 NBA teams were forced to choose between the seven D-League teams not currently partnering with a major league team.

"We're very excited that an all-time-high nine NBA teams will have exclusive, ‘one-to-one' relationships with their NBA D-League affiliates this coming season," NBA D-League President Dan Reed said in a press release announcing the new affiliations. "This clear trend of NBA teams buying into the NBA D-League is not only a testament to our past success, but also the sign of a very promising future."

The full list is attached below.

AUSTIN TOROS (TX)
San Antonio Spurs

BAKERSFIELD JAM (CA)
Los Angeles Clippers
Phoenix Suns
Toronto Raptors

CANTON (OH)
Cleveland Cavaliers

DAKOTA WIZARDS (Bismarck, ND)
Golden State Warriors

ERIE BAYHAWKS (PA)
New York Knicks

FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS (IN)
Detroit Pistons
Indiana Pacers
Milwaukee Bucks

IDAHO STAMPEDE (Boise, ID)
Denver Nuggets
Portland Trail Blazers
Utah Jazz

IOWA ENERGY (Des Moines, IA)
Chicago Bulls
New Orleans Hornets
Washington Wizards

LOS ANGELES D-FENDERS (CA)
Los Angeles Lakers

MAINE RED CLAWS (Portland, ME)
Boston Celtics
Charlotte Bobcats
Philadelphia 76ers

RENO BIGHORNS (NV)
Atlanta Hawks
Memphis Grizzlies
Sacramento Kings

RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS (TX)
Houston Rockets

SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE (SD)
Miami Heat
Minnesota Timberwolves
Orlando Magic

SPRINGFIELD ARMOR (MA)
New Jersey Nets

TEXAS LEGENDS (Frisco, TX)
Dallas Mavericks

TULSA 66ERS (OK)
Oklahoma City Thunder