|Nagoya Diamond Dolphins|
|Location||Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture|
|Head coach||Shingo Kajiyama|
|Ownership||Nagoya Diamond Dolphins Co., Ltd. (Mitsubishi Electric)|
The Nagoya Diamond Dolphins (名古屋ダイヤモンドドルフィンズ, Nagoya Daiyamondo Dorufinzu) are a professional basketball team that competes in the first division of the Japanese B.League. Prior to their entry into the B.League in September 2016, the club was the corporate team of Mitsubishi Electric.
In 2021, the Diamond Dolphins became the first top-tier professional Japanese sports club to sign on to a climate change initiative, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The club was formed in 1950 at Mitsubishi Electric's Nagoya factory and entered the second division of Japan's top league in 1973. The club's women's team had previously entered the women's competition of the national corporate basketball league (全国実業団バスケットボールリーグ) upon the league's formation in 1967. Now known as the Mitsubishi Electric Koalas, they continue to compete in the Women's Japan Basketball League.
The men's team was promoted to the first division after winning the second division title in 1984. They finished runners-up in the first division on four occasions, in 1986, 1987, 1989 and 2006. They won the All-Japan Basketball Emperor's Cup in 1989 and 1990.
The team has undergone several name changes during its history:
- 1950-2000: Mitsubishi Electric Nagoya
- 2000-2007: Melco Dolphins
- 2007-2013: Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins
- 2013-2016: Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins Nagoya
|Nagoya Diamond Dolphins roster|
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
- Masato Fukushima
- Masahiro Fujita
- Antonio Lang (2010–14)
- Trifon Poch Lopez (2014–15)
- Reggie Geary (2015-2017)
- Shingo Kajiyama
- Hirohisa Takada (asst)
- To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.
- Jordan Bachynski
- Craig Brackins
- Eric Dawson (2009-2010)
- Heshimu Evans
- Anthony Frederick
- Satoru Furuta
- Tenketsu Harimoto
- Jerald Honeycutt (2006-2008)
- Kei Igarashi
- Takumi Ishizaki
- Reina Itakura
- Shunsuke Itō
- Alex Jensen
- Tom Kleinschmidt
- Brendan Lane
- Amath M'Baye
- Adam Parada
- Anthony Reed
- Magnum Rolle
- Hirotaka Sato
- Shinsuke Kashiwagi
- Matt Steigenga
- Johnny Taylor
- Stephen Thompson
- Jerome Tillman
- Hiroyuki Tominaga
- David Weaver
- Diamond Dolphins join effort to fight climate change through sports Kaz Nagatsuka (The Japan Times), 10 February 2021. Accessed 10 May 2021.
- B.League (29 September 2016). "Bリーグ". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "チームの由来" [Team History] (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 21 September 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
- "過去の大会" [Previous Tournaments] (in Japanese). Japan Basketball Association. Retrieved 3 October 2016.