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The first problem is to find out which cities are best suitable for the league. Then you have to pair them up with who's still has yet to secure a team, via parent club ownership. or affiliation. This includes the three independents still remaining. Here's how I shook it out.

Charlotte Bobcats - Greenville, SC

Detroit Pistons - Grand Rapids, MI

Indiana Pacers - Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Memphis Grizzlies - Little Rock, AR(revival of the Arkansas RimRockers?)

Milwaukee Bucks - Depends on where the team remains in Milwaukee, or moves to Seattle. If they stay, Green Bay, WI. If they move to Seattle, Spokane, WA.

Orlando Magic - Jacksonville, FL

Chicago Bulls - Iowa Energy

Denver Nuggets - Fort Collins, CO

Minnesota Timberwolves - Rochester, MN

New Orleans Pelicans - Biloxi, MS

Washington Wizards - Richmond, VA or Norfolk, VA

Atlanta Hawks - Savannah, GA

Los Angeles Clippers - Bakersfield Jam

Phoenix Suns - Prescott, AZ

Toronto Raptors - Hamilton, ON or Oshawa, ON(The presence of the OHL's Generals may preclude this city from D-League membership)

Utah Jazz - Casper, WY

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The first problem is to find out which cities are best suitable for the league. Then you have to pair them up with who's still has yet to secure a team, via parent club ownership. or affiliation. This includes the three independents still remaining. Here's how I shook it out.

Charlotte Bobcats - Greenville, SC

Detroit Pistons - Grand Rapids, MI

Indiana Pacers - Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Memphis Grizzlies - Little Rock, AR(revival of the Arkansas RimRockers?)

Milwaukee Bucks - Depends on where the team remains in Milwaukee, or moves to Seattle. If they stay, Green Bay, WI. If they move to Seattle, Spokane, WA.

Orlando Magic - Jacksonville, FL

Chicago Bulls - Iowa Energy

Denver Nuggets - Fort Collins, CO

Minnesota Timberwolves - Rochester, MN

New Orleans Pelicans - Biloxi, MS

Washington Wizards - Richmond, VA or Norfolk, VA

Atlanta Hawks - Savannah, GA

Los Angeles Clippers - Bakersfield Jam

Phoenix Suns - Prescott, AZ

Toronto Raptors - Hamilton, ON or Oshawa, ON(The presence of the OHL's Generals may preclude this city from D-League membership)

Utah Jazz - Casper, WY

I'm pretty sure Biloxi's stadium is really committed to their hockey team, the Surge, so maybe Baton Rouge.

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Where's the concept?

I assume there isn't going to be any. Given the newbility (is that a word?) of the OP. But whatever, let's just enjoy the thread for what it is, besides this is right up my alley. Let me give it a whirl.

Boston Celtics - Maine Red Crabs (Portland, ME)

Brooklyn Nets - Newark, NJ

New York Knicks - Hartford, CT

Philadelphia 76ers - Delaware 87ers (Newark, DE)

Toronto Raptors - Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Chicago Bulls - Iowa Energy (Des Moines, IA)

Cleveland Cavaliers - Canton Charge (Canton, OH)

Detroit Pistons - Grand Rapids, MI

Indiana Pacers - Fort Wayne Mad Antz (Fort Wayne, IN)

Milwaukee Bucks - Green Bay, WI

Atlanta Hawks - Greenville, SC

Charlotte Bobcats Hornets - Raleigh, NC

Miami Heat - Ft. Myers, FL

Orlando Magic - Jacksonville, FL or Tampa, FL

Washington Wizards - Richmond, VA or Baltimore, MD

Golden State Warriors - Santa Cruz Warriors (Santa Cruz, CA)

Los Angeles Clippers - Bakersfield Jam (Bakersfield, CA)

Los Angeles Lakers - Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles, CA)

Phoenix Suns - Tucson, AZ

Sacramento Kings - Reno Bighorns (Reno, NV)

Dallas Mavericks - Texas Legends (Plano, TX)

Houston Rockets - Rio Grande Valley Vipers (McAllen, TX)

Memphis Grizzlies - Little Rock, AR (Arkansas RimRockers revival!)

New Orleans Hornets Pelicans - Baton Rouge, LA

San Antonio Spurs - Austin Toros (Austin, TX)

Denver Nuggets - Colorado Springs, CO

Minnesota Wolves - Sioux Falls Skyforce (Sioux Falls, SD)

OKC Thunder - Tulsa 66ers (Tulsa, OK)

Portland Trail Blazers - Idaho Stampede (Boise, ID)

Utah Jazz - Casper, WY

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San Antonio Spurs - Austin Toros

New Orleans Pelicans - Mobile, AL or Jackson, MS

Houston Rockets - Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Could move to Corpus Christi, TX)

Dallas Mavericks - Texas Legends (Frisco) (Could move to Fort Worth, TX, Shreveport, LA or Little Rock, AR)

Memphis Grizzles - Nashville, TN or Little Rock, AR

Los Angeles Lakers - Los Angeles D-Fenders (Could move to Fresno, CA, you shouldn't have a D-L team in a NBA city)

Los Angeles Clippers - Bakersfield Jam (Could move to San Diego, CA)

Phoenix Suns - Tucson, AZ, Albuquerque, NM or El Paso, TX

Golden State Warriors - Santa Cruz Warriors (Could move to San Jose, CA)

Sacramento Kings - Reno Bighorns

Oklahoma City Thunder - Tulsa 66ers (Could move to Kansas City, MO, Little Rock, AR or Wichita/Topeka, KS)

Minnesota T-Wolves - Sioux Falls Skyforce (Could move to Fargo, ND or Omaha, NE)

Utah Jazz - Cheyenne, WY or Casper, WY

Portland Trail Blazers - Idaho Stampede (Boise) (Could move to Seattle, WA if they never get a NBA team)

Denver Nuggets - Colorado Spring, CO or Albuquerque, NM

Milwaukee Bucks - Green Bay, WI, Madison, WI or Des Moines, IA

Cleveland Cavilers - Canton Charge (Could move to Colubus, OH, Cincinnati, OH or Pittsburgh, PA)

Chicago Bulls - Iowa Energy (Could move to St. Louis, MO)

Detroit Pistons - Erie BayHawks (Could move to Lansing, MI or Toledo, OH)

Indiana Pacers - Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Could move to Louisville, KY or Cincinnati, OH)

Miami Heat - Fort Myers, FL or Tampa, FL

Orlando Magic - Daytona, FL, Tampa, FL or Jacksonville, FL

Washington Wizards - Baltimore, MD or Richmond, VA

Atlanta Hawks - Birmingham, AL or Montgomery, AL

Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets - Raleigh, NC

Boston Celtics - Springfield Armor (Could move to Providence, RI)

Toronto Raptors - Buffalo, NY or Montreal, Canada

New York Knicks - Hartford, CT

Brooklyn Nets - Newark, NJ or Trenton, NJ

Philadelphia 76ers - Delaware 87ers (Could move to Dover, DE or Pittsburgh, PA)

Bold indicates current D-League teams

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I'd have to recommend Gwinnett County, GA for the Atlanta Hawks...already a quality, 13,000-seat in the Arena at Gwinnett Center up in Duluth. Roughly 30 minutes/miles from Philips and it's close enough to the parent team while far out enough to have its' own sustainability of some sort, similar to the Gwinnett Braves.

Also would like to see the Albuquerque Thunderbirds revived, with them being affiliated with Phoenix or Denver.

Other than that, I see some good thinking in this thread.

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Well, the fact is I tried to take into consideration markets that would support the team, for example, if the Trail Blazers had an affiliate in Seattle, they wouldn't get the best support due to the lack of Trail Blazer fans, and if you've never been to Tennessee then you wouldn't know but the whole state kind of pretends Memphis is located in Mississippi or Arkansas from a sport perspective, a Memphis team would get NO SUPPORT from Nashville or Knoxville.

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