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NBA G League Start of Season Storylines

Official Release | February 9, 2021

The NBA G League tips off its 2021 competition on Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.

COMPETITION FORMAT:

Eighteen teams, including 17 NBA G League teams and NBA G League Ignite, will each play 15 games
from Feb. 10 – March 6 at Disney. The top eight teams from the 135-game schedule will advance to a single-elimination playoff, which will begin on March 8 and conclude with the NBA G Final presented by YouTube TV on March 11.

IGNITE TAKES FLIGHT:

NBA G League Ignite, a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects, will make its debut and play the first game at Disney when it faces the Santa Cruz Warriors on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2. Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, two of the nation’s top five high school recruits last year, are among the 2021 NBA Draft prospects on NBA G League Ignite, which is coached by five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw.

HOW TO WATCH:

ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise 14 regular-season games and ESPN+ will stream more than 100 games. NBA TV will present 12 regular-season games, all simulcast on Twitch, beginning with Wednesday’s matchup between the Salt Lake City Stars and Erie BayHawks. Click here for the complete game and broadcast schedules.

FAMILIAR FACE:

Santa Cruz guard Jeremy Lin is one of several NBA veterans set to compete at Disney. A nine-year NBA veteran and league champion with the 2018-19 Toronto Raptors, Lin played in the Chinese Basketball Association last season. He last played in the NBA G League during the 2011-12 season – the same season of his NBA breakthrough with the New York Knicks.