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What You Need to Know About the NBA G League

What is 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 31 teams — 29 with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. NBA G League Ignite also plays against G League competition.

Read below for more information on the NBA G League.

FRANCHISE MAP

The NBA G League features 31 teams. In 2021-22, the New Orleans Pelicans debuted the Birmingham Squadron in Birmingham, Ala., while the Detroit Pistons debuted the Motor City Cruise in Detroit, Mich. The Denver Nuggets’ hybrid affiliation with the Grand Rapids Drive began with the 2021-22 season, and Mexico City Capitanes made their G League debut in 2021-22. The 2022-23 season saw the Agua Caliente Clippers rename their franchise the Ontario Clippers, while G League Ignite revealed an updated logo as part of a visual rebrand. In 2023-24, the Lakeland Magic will rename their franchise the Osceola Magic, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants will rename their franchise the Indiana Mad Ants, and the Portland Trail Blazers will debut their G League affiliate, the Rip City Remix. In 2024-25, the Ontario Clippers will relocate and rename their franchise the San Diego Clippers and the Phoenix Suns will debut their G League affiliate, the Valley Suns.

Go to NBAGLeague.com/Expansion for more

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.

>> NBA G League FAQs

NBA G LEAGUE IGNITE

NBA G League Ignite is a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft. Based at The Dollar Loan Center in Henderson, Nev., the roster includes elite players who are eligible for the NBA Draft and players in the early stages of their professional basketball careers as well as NBA and NBA G League veterans who serve as mentors to the team’s young talent.  In addition to accelerated on-court development and competing toward an NBA G League Championship, the team focuses on life skills training that includes financial literacy education, community service involvement, and scholarship opportunities.

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GATORADE PARTNERSHIP

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) was 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 was named an entitlement partner.

>> Learn More About the Gatorade Partnership

ALUMNI IN THE NBA

Jordan Poole (left) and Gary Payton II (right) were two of a record 21 G League alum on rosters for the 2022 NBA Finals.

A record 50 percent of players on NBA start-of-season rosters for 2023-24 had NBA G League experience, up from 47 percent on rosters the previous season. With big names such as Pascal Siakam, Rudy Gobert, and Jordan Poole leading the way, every NBA team has at least one NBA G League alumni playing with them this past season. By the end of the 2022-23 NBA season, 55 percent of players on rosters had G League experience, the second-highest percentage of all-time.

TWO-WAY CONTRACTS

Vince Williams Jr. and Kenneth Lofton Jr. were the Two-Way players for the Memphis Grizzlies & Hustle in 2022-23.

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.” For the 2023-24 season, each NBA team is permitted to have up to three players under Two-Way Contracts on its roster at any time (in addition to the maximum 15 players under Standard NBA Contracts).

NBA teams may have up to three players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who may be active for up to 50 games with their NBA team. Players signed to Two-Way Contracts are paid one salary for their time in both leagues. Only players with three or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

The following rules will apply to Two-Way Contracts for the 2023-24 Season:

Each NBA team is permitted to have up to three players under Two-Way Contracts on its roster at any time (in addition to the maximum 15 players under Standard NBA Contracts). The term of a Two-Way Contract can be either one or two seasons, as negotiated between the player and the team.  Two-Way Contracts may not be signed after March 4 of any season. The annual salary for a Two-Way Contract is equal to 50% of the NBA minimum salary applicable a player with zero NBA Years of Service (i.e., $559,782 for 2023-24).  If a Two-Way Contract is signed during the NBA Regular Season, that amount is prorated based on the number of days remaining in the NBA Regular Season. No player may sign (or have his Standard NBA Contract converted to) a Two-Way Contract if he has or may have more than four NBA Years of Service at any point during the Two-Way Contract (provided that a player with four NBA Years of Service may sign a one-year Two-Way Contract if during one of his NBA Seasons, he was on a team’s roster for the entire NBA Regular Season, but did not play in any NBA games).

Two-Way Players will not accrue “Days of Service” for either the NBA or the G League team in respect of the 2022-23 Season (and, thus, there is no 45-Day Two-Way Service Limit). Instead, the following rules will apply:

  • No player under a Two-Way Contract is permitted to be on his NBA team’s Active List for more than 50 games during the 2023-24 Regular Season.  The 50-game limit is prorated based on the number of days remaining in the NBA Regular Season for any Two-Way Contract signed during the NBA Regular Season.
  • Two-Way Players are eligible to travel and practice with their NBA teams during the NBA play-in tournament and playoffs, but may not be on an NBA team’s playoff roster.  A Two-Way Player who is signed (or has his Two-Way Contract converted) to a Standard NBA Contract prior to the start of his team’s last Regular Season game may be included on the team’s postseason roster and play in postseason games.

    >> 2023-24 Two-Way Contracts

    KEY DATES

    Click the link below for key dates for the 2023-24 NBA G League season.

    >> Key Dates

    NBA G LEAGUE WINTER 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 2022 event — Dec. 19-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada — marked the 18th Showcase. Due to the COVID-impacted 2020-21 season, there was no Showcase in 2020. The Ontario Clippers won the 2022 Showcase Cup Championship as the No. 4 seed, defeating the No. 7 Windy City Bulls in the Showcase Cup Final. The Delaware Blue Coats won the 2021 Showcase Cup Championship at the AT&T Winter Showcase, coming into the tournament as the top seed in an eight-team bracket and defeating the Oklahoma City Blue in the Showcase Cup Final.

    Prospects who have turned heads in Showcases past include Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Bakersfield Jam), New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado (Birmingham Squadron), Houston Rockets guard/forward Gerald Green and Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (Reno Bighorns).

    The 2023 event will relocate to Orlando, Florida after the G League announced a sponsorship deal with Hyatt.

    >> More on Showcase

    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.

    >> How NBA G League Rosters Are Built

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