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All-Time High 38% of Players of Start-of-Season NBA Rosters Have NBA G League Experience

By Brian Kotloff | October 17, 2017

An all-time high 167 players on NBA Opening Night rosters have NBA G League experience, representing 38 percent of the league.

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That number has more than doubled over the last five seasons. Thirteen years ago, just fifteen players on NBA Opening Night rosters had NBA G League experience.

Former NBA G League Players on NBA Opening Day Rosters
Season ’04-’05 ’05-’06 ’06-’07 ’07-’08 ’08-’09 ’09-’10 ’10-’11 ’11-’12 ’12-’13 ’13-’14 ’14-’15 ’15-’16 ’16-’17 ’17-’18
No. of Alums 15 17 35 44 60 63 63 88 84 103 115 132 135 167

Once again, every NBA team has at least one player with NBA G League experience on its roster. The Detroit Pistons lead the league with 11 NBA G League alums.

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11: Detroit Pistons
10: Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors
9: Chicago Bulls
8: Miami Heat

See below for a full list of NBA G League alums on NBA Opening Day rosters*:

*Note: List does not include players who have signed Two-Way Contracts.

Atlanta Hawks: Luke Babbitt, Kent Bazemore, DeAndre’ Bembry, Dewayne Dedmon, Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Muscala, Taurean Prince, Dennis Schroder, Miles Plumlee

Boston Celtics: Aron Baynes, Shane Larkin, Abdel Nader, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Guerschon Yabusele, Marcus Morris

Brooklyn Nets: Quincy Acy, DeMarre Carroll, Joe Harris, Sean Kilpatrick, Jeremy Lin

Charlotte Hornets: Treveon Graham, Jeremy Lamb, Johnny O’Bryant III, Julyan Stone

Chicago Bulls: Kay Felder, Cristiano Felicio, Jerian Grant, Justin Holiday, David Nwaba, Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine, Paul Zipser, Cameron Payne

Cleveland Cavaliers: Jae Crowder

Dallas Mavericks: JJ Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Salah Mejri, Dwight Powell, Seth Curry, Josh McRoberts

Denver Nuggets: Will Barton, Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez

Detroit Pistons: Avery Bradley, Reggie Bullock, Henry Ellenson, Langston Galloway, Reggie Jackson, Stanley Johnson, Jon Leuer, Boban Marjanovic, Ish Smith, Anthony Toliver, Eric Moreland

Golden State Warriors: Damian Jones, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw

Houston Rockets: Tarik Black, Clint Capela, PJ Tucker, Chinanu Onuaku, Troy Williams

Indiana Pacers: Cory Joseph, Damien Wilkins, Joe Young, Glenn Robinson III

LA Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Brice Johnson, Willie Reed, Lou Williams

Los Angeles Lakers: Jordan Clarkson, Tyler Ennis, Ivica Zubac

Memphis Grizzlies: Deyonta Davis, James Ennis, JaMychal Green, Andrew Harrison, Jarell Martin, Wayne Selden

Miami Heat: James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Jordan Mickey, Josh Richardson, Okaro White, Hassan Whiteside, AJ Hammons, Rodney McGruder

Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton, Rashad Vaughn, DeAndre Liggins

Minnesota Timberwolves: Cole Aldrich, Aaron Brooks, Marcus Georges-Hunt, Tyus Jones, Shabazz Muhammad

New Orleans Pelicans: Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Darius Miller, Alexis Ajinca, Solomon Hill

New York Knicks: Ron Baker, Tim Hardaway Jr., Ramon Sessions, Lance Thomas

Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Huestis, Dakari Johnson, Patrick Patterson, Andre Roberson

Orlando Magic: Shelvin Mack, Jonathon Simmons, Khem Birch

Philadelphia 76ers: Justin Anderson, Robert Covington, Amir Johnson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Richaun Holmes

Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe, Troy Daniels, Derrick Jones Jr., Tyler Ulis, TJ Warren, Alan Williams

Portland Trail Blazers: Ed Davis, Jake Layman, CJ McCollum, Shabazz Napier, Noah Vonleh

Sacramento Kings: Kosta Koufos, Skal Labissiere, Malachi Richardson, Garrett Temple, Georgios Papagiannis

San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson, Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes, Danny Green, Patty Milles, Dejounte Murray, Brandon Paul

Toronto Raptors: Alfonzo McKinnie, CJ Miles, Lucas Nogueira, Jakob Poeltl, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, Bruno Caboclo, KJ McDaniels

Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, Rudy Gobert, Raul Neto

Washington Wizards: Carrick Felix, Tim Frazier, Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi, Chris McCullough, Mike Scott, Sheldon Mac

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