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News & Notes For 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase

Official Release | December 18, 2019

The 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase will take place Dec. 19-22 in Las Vegas. See below for some things to know prior to the event.

KING OF THE STRIP: South Bay Lakers point guard Gary Payton II was named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Monday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 15. The 27-year-old floor leader averaged 30.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 58.7 percent from the field in three games last week. He also leads the league in steals with 3.2 per game.

WHO WILL HIT JACKPOT? In the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase, the top four teams (based on regular-season record through their first 12 games) have been placed into the Championship Bracket to compete for a $100,000 prize. The top four teams are the Memphis Hustle (1), Wisconsin Herd (2), Salt Lake City Stars (3) and Grand Rapids Drive (4). The Championship Game will be played on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

WINNING IN WISCONSIN: On Monday, Dec. 16, the Wisconsin Herd’s 12-game winning streak ended with a 125-124 loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The team’s NBA parent club, the Milwaukee Bucks, had its 18-game winning streak snapped on the same day, which meant that the organization had gone 38 calendar days without sustaining a loss in a professional basketball game. The last time each team lost was on Friday, Nov. 8.

TOURNAMENT SEEDING
*Determined by win-loss record through first 12 games of the season. Ties were broken using head-to-head winning percentage followed by Showcase Points and point differential. 

  1. Memphis Hustle (11-1)
  2. Wisconsin Herd (11-1)
  3. Salt Lake City Stars (10-2)
  4. Grand Rapids Drive (8-4)
  5. Delaware Blue Coats (8-4)
  6. Canton Charge (8-4)
  7. Maine Red Claws (8-4)
  8. Stockton Kings (7-5)
  9. Texas Legends (7-5)
  10. Lakeland Magic (7-5)
  11. South Bay Lakers (7-5)
  12. Windy City Bulls (6-6)
  13. College Park Skyhawks (6-6)
  14. Iowa Wolves (6-6)
  15. Austin Spurs (6-6)
  16. Capital City Go-Go (6-6)
  17. Santa Cruz Warriors (6-6)
  18. Agua Caliente Clippers (5-7)
  19. Sioux Falls Skyforce (5-7)
  20. Raptors 905 (5-7)
  21. Greensboro Swarm (4-8)
  22. Oklahoma City Blue (4-8)
  23. Westchester Knicks (4-8)
  24. Erie BayHawks (4-8)
  25. Fort Wayne Mad Ants (3-9)
  26. Long Island Nets (2-10)
  27. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2-10)
  28. Northern Arizona Suns (2-10)

BY THE NUMBERS:
100K: Prize awarded to players on the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase’s winning team.
200: More than 200 players competing in the Showcase.
28: All 28 NBA G League teams participating in the Showcase.
11: Salt Lake City enters the Showcase on an 11-game winning streak.
4: Nights of NBA G League action airing on four different outlets (ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN+ and NBA TV)
1: Crowned 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase Champion

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