Delaware 87ers new affiliate of 76ers
The Delaware 87ers.
Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
The Philadelphia 76ers ownership group announced Saturday that it acquired an NBA Development League franchise that will serve as the minor league affiliate to the Sixers. And just like its big brother, the team will go by a historic-date nickname. “Sevens,” for short.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution on Dec. 7, 1787, hence “87ers.”
The Sevens will play its home games at the Bob Carpenter Center, a 5,000-seat stadium on the University of Delaware’s campus.
The Sixers, which purchased 100 percent of the D-League team, are only the sixth NBA team to do so.