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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 27 teams — all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — in the 2018-19 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.

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

FRANCHISE MAP

The NBA G League will feature 27 teams during the 2018-19 season, adding one expansion team in the Capital City Go-Go. The Capital City Go-Go will serve as the exclusive affiliate of the Washington Wizards.

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 FAQ

KEY DATES

Get your calendars ready and take a look at the dates to know in 2018-19, from NBA G League tryouts through the NBA Summer Leagues.

>> Key Dates: 2018-19

WATCHING GAMES

NBA G League games during the 2017-2018 season aired on Facebook Live, ELEVEN SPORTS, Twitch, NBA TV and ESPNU.

>> How & Where to Watch Games

TWO-WAY CONTRACTS

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.

>> 2018-19 Two-Way Contracts

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), Milwaukee Bucks guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad (Iowa Energy), Houston Rockets guard/forward Gerald Green and Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (Reno Bighorns).

>> 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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