12 Maine Red Claws players will continue to chase the dream when the NBA Development League season tips off at the Portland Expo Friday night. The dream is to play in the NBA someday and the D-League is their ticket to getting more pro experience and exposure.

The Red Claws is affiliated with the Boston Celtics. A couple of the players were in C's training camp, like guard Chris Babb, who played his college ball at Iowa State. The fact is any team can offer Babb a NBA contract when he's ready.

102 of today's NBA players have some D-League experience.

Mike Taylor begins his second year as Red Claws coach. Maine had a 26-24 record and made the league playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

The Red Claws open Friday against the Springfield(Mass) Armor.

Check out the roster that starts the 2013-14 season...

Red Claws Roster
7 Corey Allmond G 6-2 180 Sam Houston State
10 Marcel Anderson G 6-0 175 College
14 Chris Babb G 6-5 225 Iowa State
44 Brian Barkdoll C 6-11 255 Northwest Nazarene
42 Damen Bell-Holter F 6-9 245 Oral Roberts
9 Abdul Gaddy G 6-3 195 Washington
15 Frank Gaines G 6-3 195 IPFW
24 Romero Osby F 6-8 232 Oklahoma
12 Jermaine Taylor G 6-5 205 Central Florida
11 Kam Taylor G 6-2 175 Nebraska
32 Ty Walker C 6-11 230 Wake Forest
33 Chris Wright F 6-8 225 Dayton
Coaches
HEAD COACH Mike Taylor
ASSISTANT COACH(ES) Tunde Adekola
Ronald Nored
ATHLETIC TRAINER Ryan Donovan