Before each season, NBA Development League teams hold open tryouts, searching for local talent to add to their rosters. Each team can then invite up to five players from its respective tryout to training camp that fall.
The tryouts represent the first step in the extensive process of putting together an NBA D-League roster for the upcoming season.
Past local tryout success stories include San Antonio Spurs guard Jonathon Simmons, who spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs, Ron Howard, the NBA D-League’s second all-time leading scorer, and Kiwi Gardner, an internet sensation who became a fan favorite with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
See below for the current local tryouts scheduled leading up to the 2016-17 season, and scroll down to read more about past success stories.
Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs): September 24 — Round Rock, Texas | More Info
Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers): September 17 — Canton, Ohio | More Info
Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers): September 17 — Hockessin, Delaware | October 8 — Philadelphia, PA | More Info
Erie BayHawks (Orlando Magic): September 18 — Erie, Pennsylvania | September 25 — Orlando, Florida | More Info
Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers): October 1 — Fort Wayne, Indiana | More Info
Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons): October 8 — Byron Center, Michigan | More Info
Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets): October 2 — Greensboro, North Carolina | More Info
Iowa Energy (Memphis Grizzlies): September 18 — Des Moines, Iowa | October 9 — Memphis, Tennessee | More Info
Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets): September 24 — Brookville, New York | More Info
Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics): September 24 — Waltham, Massachusettes | More Info
Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns): September 18 — Phoenix, Arizona | October 8 — Prescott Valley, Arizona | More Info
Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors): September 10 — Toronto, Ontario | More Info
Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings): October 2 — Sacramento, California | More Info
Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets): September 17 — Edinburg, Texas | September 23 — Houston, Texas | More Info
Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz): September 24 — Salt Lake City, Utah | More Info
Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat): September 24 & October 9 — Sioux Falls, South Dakota & Miami, Florida | More Info
Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks): September 17 & 18 — Plano, Texas | More Info
Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls): September 25 — Palatine, Illinois | More Info
Past Local Tryout Standouts
Jonathon Simmons, Austin Spurs: The Austin Spurs’ 2013 tryout was just one step in Simmons’ unlikely journey from a rough neighborhood in northeast Houston to the NBA. After he made the Spurs’ NBADL roster, he nearly decided to quit basketball. Then he turned heads at the 2015 NBA Summer Leagues and landed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Simmons played 55 games as a 26-year-old rookie and will look to establish himself as a piece for the future.
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Ron Howard, Fort Wayne Mad Ants: Howard, a Chicago native and former college teammate of Dwyane Wade, showed up to the Mad Ants’ 2007 tryout an hour late. That didn’t stop him from making Fort Wayne his second home, embarking on a seven-year run in the NBA D-League. His decorated minor-league career includes a championship and co-MVP Award in 2014 and the No. 2 spot on the NBADL’s all-time leading scoring list.
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Kiwi Gardner, Santa Cruz Warriors: Before driving 60 miles across the bay from his hometown Oakland on Oct. 6, 2013, Gardner had already made a name for himself. But the Santa Cruz Warriors’ tryout that day — the fifth one he participated in — gave him a platform to show that he was more than just an internet sensation; he could play. The local Bay Area Legend eventually was drafted by Santa Cruz, became a fan favorite as a “Sea Dub” and lived out his dream on Golden State’s Summer League roster in 2014.
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