NBA G League Expansion

The NBA G League will feature all-time high 26 teams during the 2017-18 season, each singly affiliated with an NBA parent club.

The league launched with eight teams in 2001-02.

Number of NBA G League Teams By Season
Season ’01-’02 ’02-’03 ’03-’04 ’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 ’18-’19
No. Teams 8 8 6 6 8 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 17 18 19 22 26 27


Six NBA franchises purchased new NBA G League affiliates that began play this season:

  • The Milwaukee Bucks purchased an expansion team that began play in Oshkosh, Wisc., as the Wisconsin Herd.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies purchased an expansion team that began in Southaven, Miss., as the Memphis Hustle.
  • The Los Angeles Clippers purchased an expansion team that began play in Ontario, Calif., as the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.
  • The Orlando Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks. Their affiliate debuted as the Lakeland Magic in Lakeland, Fla.
  • The Atlanta Hawks purchased an NBA G League affiliate that began play as the Erie BayHawks before relocating to College Park, Ga., in 2019-20.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy and renamed the team the Iowa Wolves.

The Washington Wizards have purchased an NBA G League affiliate that will begin play in D.C. during the 2018-19 season as the league’s 27th team, the Capital City Go-Gos.

The Sacramento Kings also announced their intention to relocate its affiliate from Reno, Nev., to Stockton, Calif., for the 2018-19 season, pending league approval.

Learn more about the changes and new teams:

Capital City Go-Go (Washington Wizards): Coming in 2018-19)

Announced: April 9, 2018 | Official Release | Identity Unveiled

Location: Washington D.C.

Home Arena: Wizards’ new practice facility in Ward 8

More Info: June 21, 2017 | CapitalCityGoGo.com

Stockton Kings (Sacramento Kings affiliate relocation)

Announced: April 9, 2018 | Official Release

Planned Location: Stockton, Calif.

Planned Home Arena: Stockton Arena

More Info: stocktonkings.com

Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario (L.A. Clippers)

Announced: May 15, 2017 | Official Release

Location: Ontario, Calif.

Home Arena: Citizens Bank Arena

More Info: ACClippers.com

Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic)

Announced: December 14, 2016 | Official Release

Location: Lakeland, Fla.

Home Arena: The Lakeland Center

More Info: LakelandMagic.com

Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies)

Announced: January 24, 2017 | Official Release | Identity Unveiled

Location: Southaven, Miss.

Home Arena: Landers Center

More Info: MemphisHustle.com

Iowa Wolves (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Announced: January 23, 2017 | Official Release | Identity Unveiled

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Home Arena: Wells Fargo Arena

More Info: IowaWolves.com

Wiconsin Herd (Milwaukee Bucks)

Announced: February 8, 2017 | Official Release

Location: Oshkosh, Wisc.

Home Arena: Under construction

More Info: WisconsinHerd.com

Atlanta Hawks: Erie BayHawks


Announced: Nov. 10, 2016 & January 31, 2017 | Official Release

Location: Erie, Pa. (2017-18 & 2018-19); College Park, Ga. (2019-20)

Home Arena: Coming Summer of 2019 (Gateway Center)

More Info: ErieBayHawks.com

NBA G League Expansion History