What You Need to Know About the NBA G League

The NBA G League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 26 teams — all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — in the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

Read below for more information on the NBA G League.


Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) has been renamed the NBA G League as part of a multiyear expanded partnership between the NBA and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.

>> Learn More About the Gatorade Partnership


The NBA G League will feature 26 teams during the 2017-18 season with the addition of four expansion teams: the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (L.A. Clippers), Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks), Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies) and Wisconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks).

Go to NBAGLeague.com/Expansion for more


Who are the best players ever to play in the NBA G League? What is the relationship between NBA teams and their NBA G League affiliates? How can I watch games?

Answers these questions and much more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

>> NBA G League FAQ



Get your calendars ready and take a look at the dates to know in 2016-17, from NBA G League tryouts through the NBA Summer Leagues.

>> Key Dates: 2016-17


Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under “Two-Way Contracts.”

NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

>> 2017-18 Two-Way Contracts


All NBA G League games during the 2016-17 season, with the exception of those televised nationally, will stream live on Facebook Live. Log on to Facebook.com/NBAGLeague before tip-off or find the link via the game page on NBAGLeague.com.

>> NBA G League Facebook


Showcase is the NBA G League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of the league’s teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2017 event — Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario — marked the 13th Showcase.

Prospects who have turned heads in Showcases past include Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Bakersfield Jam), Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad (Iowa Energy), Miami Heat guard/forward Gerald Green and Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (Reno Bighorns).

>> More on Showcase



The NBA G League All-Star Game has been part of NBA All-Star Weekend since 2007. The minor league also puts on its own three-point and slam dunk contests.


Players take a variety of paths to the NBA G League as they push toward the NBA.

Learn about the eight different paths a player can take to an NBA G League roster, which includes Returning Players, Affiliate Players, Local Tryout Players, NBA G League Draft Picks, NBA Draft Rights Players, NBA Assignees, NBA Draft-Eligible Players and Free Agents.

>> How NBA G League Rosters Are Built


All 26 NBA Development League teams are singly affiliated with an NBA franchise, but that does not mean that NBA franchises own exclusive rights to all of the players on their NBA G League roster (like in Major League Baseball).

In fact, the majority of players in the NBA G League are available for any of the 30 NBA teams to sign (call up); most NBA G League players have signed contracts with the league rather than their individual team, so by NBA standards they are technically free agents.

Find out about this rule and the three exceptions to it.

>> How Do Call-Ups Work?

MORE 101: Affiliate PlayersDraft and Stash | Path to the NBA Draft | Coaching Call-Ups