The Tucson Gunners were part of the Western Basketball Association, which lasted only one season in 1979-80. The Gunners played at the Tucson Community Center. The Gunners were the league’s best team with a 32-16 record, with help from ABA star Al Smith. The team’s regular season success helped propel them to the league finals, where they defeated the Reno Bighorns in seven games. At season’s end the WBA tried to merge with the CBA, but that deal would fall through and the WBA’s teams would fall out of existence.