The Golden State Warriors, the NBA Development League and the city of Santa Cruz, Calif. announced that the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors NBA D-League affiliate, will relocate to Santa Cruz beginning with the 2012-13 season.
The team will be known as the Santa Cruz Warriors. The Warriors bought the Wizards prior to the 2011-12 season and are one of 11 NBA teams to have one-to-one relationships with their NBA D-League affiliate.
Santa Cruz will play the 2012-13 NBA D-League season at the
as-yet-to-be-constructed Kaiser Permanente Arena, a temporary basketball facility in Santa Cruz, the construction of which is a three-pronged effort between Golden State, the city of Santa Cruz, and the Seaside Company.
The Dakota Wizards joined the NBA D-League prior to the 2006-07 season, having played in the Continental Basketball Association for the 11 previous seasons and bring a rich tradition of success to Santa Cruz.
The Wizards enjoyed instant success in the NBA D-League, winning the 2007 NBA D-League championship. During the team's time in Bismarck, N.D., it secured playoff berths in five of the team's six NBA D-League seasons and captured division championships for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.