Before Jeremy Lin became a national phenomenon, he kept his big league dream alive by strutting his stuff at the NBA G League Winter Showcase back in 2011. Since he led by that example, the likes of Hassan Whiteside (2013) and Quinn Cook (2017) have been among those to follow in his footsteps and eventually realize their own dreams. For Rudy Gobert, the goal was a bit different when he appeared at the event back in 2014. While he was already a member of the Utah Jazz, playing out a minor league assignment to play at the Showcase provided him with the opportunity to receive valuable real-time game experience as a young player. Since then, the big man has more than come into his own as a professional, even earning 2018 NBA Defensive Player of the Year award honors.
The list goes on, as many players have emerged victorious following time at the NBA G League Winter Showcase. With this year’s annual event approaching, here are the answers to five pressing questions as it relates to the success stories that may follow in 2018.
What is MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase?
MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase is the NBA G League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all teams arrive in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2018 event will mark the 15th Showcase, featuring 27 games over four days.
When and where is the NBA G League Winter Showcase?
This year, the annual scouting event will take place at at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada from December 19-22. A full game schedule can be found below.
|Day||Date||Away Team||Home Team||Vegas Time||Eastern Time||TV|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Memphis||Raptors||12:00 PM||3:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Austin||Capital City||12:30 PM||3:30 PM||NBA TV|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Maine||Lakeland||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Iowa||Westchester||3:30 PM||6:30 PM||ESPN+|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Texas||Erie||5:00 PM||8:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Wed.||12/19/18||Agua Caliente||Grand Rapids||6:00 PM||9:00 PM||ESPN+|
|Wed.||12/19/18||N. Arizona||Windy City||7:30 PM||10:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Long Island||Rio Grande V.||12:00 PM||3:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Wisconsin||Memphis||12:30 PM||3:30 PM||NBA TV|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Greensboro||South Bay||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Canton||Sioux Falls||3:30 PM||6:30 PM||ESPN+|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Fort Wayne||Salt Lake City||5:00 PM||8:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Delaware||Stockton||6:00 PM||9:00 PM||NBA TV|
|Thu.||12/20/18||Lakeland||Santa Cruz||7:30 PM||10:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Capital City||Agua Caliente||12:00 PM||3:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Grand Rapids||Oklahoma City||12:30 PM||3:30 PM||NBA TV|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Erie||N. Arizona||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Westchester||Austin||3:30 PM||6:30 PM|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Raptors||Texas||5:00 PM||8:00 PM||ESPNU|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Windy City||Iowa||6:00 PM||9:00 PM|
|Fri.||12/21/18||Sioux Falls||Maine||7:30 PM||10:30 PM||ESPNU|
|Sat.||12/22/18||South Bay||Fort Wayne||12:00 PM||3:00 PM||ESPN+|
|Sat.||12/22/18||Santa Cruz||Canton||12:30 PM||3:30 PM||NBA TV|
|Sat.||12/22/18||Stockton||Wisconsin||2:30 PM||5:30 PM||ESPN+|
|Sat.||12/22/18||Rio Grande V.||Greensboro||3:30 PM||6:30 PM|
|Sat.||12/22/18||Oklahoma City||Long Island||5:00 PM||8:00 PM||ESPN+|
|Sat.||12/22/18||Salt Lake City||Delaware||6:00 PM||9:00 PM|
What is at stake for NBA G League prospects?
For the first time, the event will be held in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to evaluate two-way and NBA G League talent in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline. The NBA G League has become a springboard for players hoping to reach the next level, with 40% of NBA players boasting minor league experience prior to the start of the season. The Showcase often serves as the grandest of stages over the course of the season, with more than 60 players earning GATORADE Call-Ups during or immediately following the last 14 events.
Who has performed at the NBA G League Winter Showcase before?
Last season, Trey Burke headlined 11 players who were signed to NBA contracts coming out of the G League Showcase. He capitalized on his time with the Westchester Knicks and such success translated into a big league role with the affiliated New York Knicks soon after. Burke averaged 12.8 points and 4.7 assists through 36 games last season and remains on the NBA roster today. He isn’t the only NBA G League prospect turned well known big league commodity to appear at the Winter Showcase. See below for more flashbacks.
Who will follow in their footsteps?
From the likes of Jeremy Lin and Terry Rozier to Hassan Whiteside and Rudy Gobert, many household names in the NBA begun to lay the groundwork for a prosperous big league career by hitting the hardwood at the NBA G League Winter Showcase. For a look at who may be on the cusp of realizing their dreams sooner than later, here’s a look at 10 PLAYERS TO WATCH.