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 converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2018 event – Dec. 19-22 in Las Vegas, Nevada – marked the 15th Showcase, featuring 27 games over four days.
Why is it important?
Showcase gives the over 200 players on NBA G League rosters a chance to shine in hopes of achieving their dream: landing an NBA contract. It takes place right before the point in the season when NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts.
The majority of players in the NBA G League are free agents who can be signed by any NBA team (click here to learn more about how rosters are built), so a flurry of deals typically occur during and after Showcase each year. More than 50 players have been called during or immediately after the 14MGM Resort Showcases.
Where does it take place?
MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Past hosts include Mississauga, Ont., Santa Cruz, Calif., Reno, Nev., Columbus, Ga., Fayetteville, N.C., Sioux Falls, S.D., Boise, Idaho and South Padre Island, Texas.
Where are the games broadcasted?
This season, Showcase games were broadcast on Facebook Live, ESPNU, ESPN+ and NBA TV. Click here to view the full 2018 schedule.
Which players have appeared in past Showcases?
A host of up-and-coming NBA players have put their skills on display at Showcase over the past 14 years, especially since NBA teams often assign young talent to the NBA G League at this time.
Past participants include Heat center Hassan Whiteside, Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Rockets center Clint Capela, Timberwolves wing Robert Covington, Magic wing Jonathon Simmons, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, Rockets wing Gerald Green, Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry and Mavericks guard JJ Barea.