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Iowa Wolves
Iowa Wolves logo
League NBA G League
Founded 2007
History Iowa Energy
2007–2017
Iowa Wolves
2017–present
Arena Wells Fargo Arena
Location Des Moines, Iowa
Team colors Midnight Blue, Aurora Green, Lake Blue, Moonlight Grey, Frost White
                             
Head coach Scott Roth
Ownership Minnesota Timberwolves
Affiliation(s) Minnesota Timberwolves
Championships 1 (2011)
Conference titles 1 (2011)
Division titles 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014)
Website iowa.gleague.nba.com/

The Iowa Wolves are an American professional basketball team based in Des Moines, Iowa. It is owned by and affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves as of the 2017–18 season. They play in the Western Conference in the NBA G League, a minor league basketball organization run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Wolves play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena. From 2007 to 2017, the team was known as the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League (D-League) until being purchased and renamed by the Timberwolves. They broke the D-league attendance record on their first ever home game with 8,842 fans. They later set the record again in game two of the 2011 D-League Finals with an attendance of 14,036 fans. They won the 2011 D-League Finals, defeating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers two-games-to-one.

History

Formation

On February 27, 2007, the D-League awarded an expansion team to Des Moines, Iowa as one of the four expansion teams for the 2007–08 season. The team is owned and operated by Iowa Basketball, LLC, a local ownership group led by attorney Jerry Crawford and also including Gary Kirke, Sheldon Ohringer, Paul Drey, Michael Richards and Bruce Rastetter. The team would play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena, parts of the Iowa Events Center. The team later hired former Northern Iowa player Nick Nurse as the team's first head coach.

The team initially held a naming contest for the team. The choices listed on their website were Corncobs, Maize, River Rats, Scarecrows, and Thoroughbreds. However, on June 29, 2007, the owners announced the name Iowa Energy, along with team colors and logos. The team logo was an orange basketball above the word "energy" and the team colors are purple, orange and red. Two NBA teams, the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat, were announced as the team's NBA affiliates.

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