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 2017-18 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.
The NBA G League features 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).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
Get your calendars ready and take a look at the dates to know in 2017-18, from NBA G League tryouts through the NBA Summer Leagues.
NBA G League games air on Facebook Live, ELEVEN SPORTS, Twitch, NBA TV and ESPNU. For Facebook Live games, log on to Facebook.com/NBAGLeague before tip-off or find the link via the game page on NBAGLeague.com. Twitch games are streamed at Twitch.tv/NBAGLeague.
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.
NBA G LEAGUE SHOWCASE
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 2018 event — Jan. 10-13 in Mississauga, Ontario — marked the 14th 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).
NBA G LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE
NBA G League USA, a team of top talent from the NBA’s official minor league, will play the Mexico National Team in the NBA G League International Challenge presented by Kumho Tire at NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. The first international exhibition game at NBA All-Star will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4:30 p.m. ET at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The NBA G League International Challenge will replace the traditional NBA G League All-Star Game, which debuted at NBA All-Star 2007 in Las Vegas.
HOW ROSTERS ARE BUILT
Players take a variety of paths to the NBA G League as they push toward the NBA.
Learn about the nine different paths a player can take to an NBA G League roster, which includes Two-Way Players, 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.