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|No. of teams||27 (28 in 2019)|
|Continent||FIBA Americas (Americas)|
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers (3rd title)|
|Most titles||Rio Grande Valley Vipers (3 titles)|
The NBA G League, or simply the G League, is the National Basketball Association's (NBA) official minor league basketball organization. The league was known as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) from 2001 to 2005, and the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) from 2005 until 2017.The league started with eight teams until NBA commissioner David Stern announced a plan to expand the NBA D-League to fifteen teams and develop it into a true minor league farm system, with each NBA D-League team affiliated with one or more NBA teams in March 2005. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season, 33% of NBA players had spent time in the NBA D-League, up from 23% in 2011. As of the 2018–19 season, the league consists of 27 teams, all of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
David Joel Stern is an American businessman and lawyer who served as the fourth commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and became the league's Executive Vice President in 1980. He became Commissioner in 1984, succeeding Larry O'Brien. He is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s.
In the 2017–18 season, Gatorade became the title sponsor of the D-League, and it was renamed the NBA G League.
The Gatorade Company, Inc. is an American manufacturer of sports-themed beverage and food products, built around its signature line of sports drinks. Gatorade is currently manufactured by PepsiCo and is distributed in over 80 countries. The beverage was first developed in 1965 by a team of researchers led by Robert Cade. It was originally made for the Gators at the University of Florida to replenish the carbohydrates that the school's student-athletes burned and the combination of water and electrolytes that they lost in sweat during rigorous sports activities.
The league began its play as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) in the 2001–02 season; the original eight franchiseswere all located in the southeastern United States (specifically in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia).
The Southeastern United States is broadly, the eastern portion of the Southern United States, and the southern portion of the Eastern United States. It comprises at least a core of states on the lower Atlantic seaboard and eastern Gulf Coast. Expansively, it includes everything south of the Mason-Dixon line, the Ohio River and the 36°30' parallel, and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana. There is no official U.S. government definition of the region, though various agencies and departments use different definitions.
Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2018 is over 8.5 million.
North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. North Carolina is the 28th-most extensive and the 9th-most populous of the U.S. states. The state is divided into 100 counties. The capital is Raleigh, which along with Durham and Chapel Hill is home to the largest research park in the United States. The most populous municipality is Charlotte, which is the second-largest banking center in the United States after New York City.
In 2005, the league's name was changed to NBA Development League (NBA D-League)as part of the new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA and a bid to appeal to more fans by showing their connection to the major league. In the same offseason, Southwest Basketball, LLC led by David Kahn was granted permission by the league to operate four new teams. Southwest Basketball then purchased three existing franchises and one expansion team: the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Austin Toros, Fort Worth Flyers and the Tulsa 66ers. The Arkansas RimRockers were also added from the ABA for the 2005–06 season. In February 2006, the D-League expanded to California for the first time with the addition of the Bakersfield Jam. Two months later, the league announced that four teams from the Continental Basketball Association were joining the league: the Dakota Wizards, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Idaho Stampede, and a team originally slated for CBA expansion, the Colorado 14ers. Shortly after, the league announced expansion teams in the Anaheim Arsenal and the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The D-Fenders became the first D-League team to be directly owned by an NBA parent team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
David Kahn is an American sports executive, attorney, and former sportswriter. He is the former president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.
The Fort Worth Flyers were a franchise of the NBA Development League minor league basketball based in Fort Worth, Texas. They began play in the 2005-06 season. The decision was made by the NBADL to not operate this team for the 2007-08 season.
The Arkansas RimRockers were a minor league basketball team based in North Little Rock, Arkansas, which played in the American Basketball Association and the NBA Development League.
However, the westward expansion contributed to the contraction of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzleand Fayetteville Patriots for that season. The Florida Flame suspended operations due to arena scheduling difficulties. After the 2006–07 season, there would be no more teams in the southeastern United States until the 2016 expansion team, the Greensboro Swarm.
The Roanoke Dazzle were an NBA Development League team based in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.. In operation from the inaugural D-League season of 2001–02 through the 2005–06 season, the Dazzle marked the return of professional basketball to Roanoke since the Virginia Squires called Roanoke home in the 1970s. Playing their home games at the Roanoke Civic Center, their logo design featured a star moving on rail tracks around a basketball.
The Fayetteville Patriots were an NBA Development League team based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. Its logo design features a bald eagle's head and a basketball in the middle of a capital letter "P" with stars and stripes filling the rest of it.
The Florida Flame were an NBA Development League team based in Fort Myers, Florida.
After the 2006 to 2009 expansions, the league membership was fairly consistent with only a few relocations and suspensions. In 2009, the Houston Rockets entered into the first single-affiliation partnership, called the hybrid model, with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. This began a wave of NBA and D-League teams entering into single-affiliation agreements of both the hybrid and parent-team owned varieties. With more NBA involvement, the league once again began to expand and spread its footprint.
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its home games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles. The team was established in 1967 as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston.
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League. They play their home games at the Bert Ogden Arena in Edinburg, Texas. With three D-League titles in 2010, 2013, and 2019, the Vipers are the most successful team in the league.
By 2015, the last multiple-affiliate team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was purchased by the Indiana Pacers leading to the first season where all D-League teams were affiliated with only one NBA team. As there were no longer any unaffiliated D-League teams left, the remaining NBA teams began purchasing expansion franchises or hybrid partnership teams and placing them near the parent team. In 2015, the Toronto Raptors placed their own team, Raptors 905, in the Greater Toronto Area in Mississauga, Ontario.In 2016, the D-League expanded by three more NBA parent club-owned teams for the largest D-League expansion since 2007. The Charlotte Hornets created the Greensboro Swarm, the Brooklyn Nets created the Long Island Nets, and the Chicago Bulls created the Windy City Bulls.
In the 2017–18 season, the D-League entered into a multi-year partnership with Gatorade and announced it would be rebranded as the NBA Gatorade League,which was officially shortened to "NBA G League" prior to the season. It also continued its membership changes with the relocation of the Erie BayHawks to Lakeland, Florida, as the Lakeland Magic, a new Erie BayHawks franchise; and expansions in the Agua Caliente Clippers in Ontario, California; the Memphis Hustle in Southaven, Mississippi; and the Wisconsin Herd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Los Angeles D-Fenders would also re-brand to the South Bay Lakers to reflect the league name change.
In December 2017, the NBA and the live streaming website Twitch announced that they would broadcast G League games on Twitch.tv. [ citation needed ] Games have also been aired on the ESPN Plus subscription service.ESPN U, ESPNews, and ESPN2 also aired some 2017–18 regular season and playoff games.
For the 2019–20 season, the G League will begin to offer Select Contracts to players that are not yet eligible to enter the NBA Draft.Since 2006, players that are not at least 19-years-old by the end of the calendar year have been ineligible, creating what became known as the "one-and-done" rule where players joined a college basketball team for one season and then leave for the NBA. The new Select Contract is to be an alternative for players who do not want to or cannot attend a college, worth up to $125,000 for a season.
|Division||Team||City||Arena||Capacity||Founded||Joined||Head coach||NBA affiliate|
|Atlantic||Delaware Blue Coats||Wilmington, Delaware||76ers Fieldhouse||2,500||2007||Connor Johnson||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Long Island Nets||Uniondale, New York||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum||13,500||2016||Will Weaver||Brooklyn Nets|
|Maine Red Claws||Portland, Maine||Portland Exposition Building||3,100||2009||Brandon Bailey||Boston Celtics|
|Raptors 905||Mississauga, Ontario||Paramount Fine Foods Centre||5,000||2015||Jama Mahlalela||Toronto Raptors|
|Westchester Knicks||White Plains, New York||Westchester County Center||5,000||2014||Mike Miller||New York Knicks|
|Central||Canton Charge||Canton, Ohio||Canton Memorial Civic Center||5,200||2001||Nate Reinking||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants||Fort Wayne, Indiana||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||13,000||2007||Steve Gansey||Indiana Pacers|
|Grand Rapids Drive||Walker, Michigan||DeltaPlex Arena||4,500||2006||Ryan Krueger||Detroit Pistons|
|Windy City Bulls||Hoffman Estates, Illinois||Sears Centre||10,000||2016||Vacant||Chicago Bulls|
|Wisconsin Herd||Oshkosh, Wisconsin||Menominee Nation Arena||3,500||2017||Vacant||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Southeast||Capital City Go-Go||Washington, D.C.||St. Elizabeths East||4,200||2018||Jarell Christian||Washington Wizards|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||Erie Insurance Arena||6,750||2017||Noel Gillespie||Atlanta Hawks|
|Greensboro Swarm||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse||2,500||2016||Joe Wolf||Charlotte Hornets|
|Lakeland Magic||Lakeland, Florida||RP Funding Center||8,178||2008||2017||Stan Heath||Orlando Magic|
|Midwest||Iowa Wolves||Des Moines, Iowa||Wells Fargo Arena||16,110||2007||Scott Roth||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Memphis Hustle||Southaven, Mississippi||Landers Center||8,362||2017||Brad Jones||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Oklahoma City Blue||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Cox Convention Center||13,846||2001||Mark Daigneault||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Sioux Falls Skyforce||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Sanford Pentagon||3,250||1989||2006||Nevada Smith||Miami Heat|
|Pacific||Agua Caliente Clippers||Ontario, California||Citizens Business Bank Arena||10,832||2017||Brian Adams||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Northern Arizona Suns||Prescott Valley, Arizona||Prescott Valley Event Center||5,100||2006||Bret Burchard||Phoenix Suns|
|Santa Cruz Warriors||Santa Cruz, California||Kaiser Permanente Arena||2,505||1995||2006||Aaron Miles||Golden State Warriors|
|South Bay Lakers||El Segundo, California||UCLA Health Training Center||750||2006||Coby Karl||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Stockton Kings||Stockton, California||Stockton Arena||11,193||2008||Tyrone Ellis||Sacramento Kings|
|Southwest||Austin Spurs||Cedar Park, Texas||H-E-B Center at Cedar Park||7,200||2001||Blake Ahearn||San Antonio Spurs|
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers||Edinburg, Texas||Bert Ogden Arena||9,000||2007||Joseph Blair||Houston Rockets|
|Salt Lake City Stars||Taylorsville, Utah||Lifetime Activities Center||5,000||1997||2006||Martin Schiller||Utah Jazz|
|Texas Legends||Frisco, Texas||Comerica Center||4,500||2006||Bob MacKinnon Jr.||Dallas Mavericks|
|Team||City||Arena||Capacity||Founded||Joining||Head coach||NBA affiliate|
|College Park Skyhawks||College Park, Georgia||Gateway Center||3,500||2017||2019||TBA||Atlanta Hawks|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||Erie Insurance Arena||6,750||2019||TBA||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Birmingham||Birmingham, Alabama||Legacy Arena||17,654||2019||2022||TBA||New Orleans Pelicans|
Ownership models vary across the NBA G League. Growing willingness among NBA organizations to invest in the G League has led to two main models: direct ownership of G League teams by parent NBA clubs and single-affiliate partnerships in which the G League team remains independently owned while the parent club runs and finances basketball operations.
Parent club direct ownership began in 2006 when the Los Angeles Lakers bought their own NBA D-League franchise, originally known as the Los Angeles D-Fenders and since 2017–18 as the South Bay Lakers, followed by the San Antonio Spurs purchasing the Austin Toros (now the Austin Spurs) in 2007 and the Oklahoma City Thunder purchasing the Tulsa 66ers (now the Oklahoma City Blue) in 2008. This led to more NBA teams to either purchase existing franchises or create expansion teams in order to have their own single-affiliation teams. In 2011, the Cleveland Cavaliers purchased the New Mexico Thunderbirds to become the Canton Charge and the Golden State Warriors purchased the Dakota Wizards, with the Warriors moving the Wizards a year later to become the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers purchased the inactive Utah Flash and moved them to Newark, Delaware as the Delaware 87ers (now the Delaware Blue Coats, and playing in that state's largest city of Wilmington). In 2014, the New York Knicks became the seventh team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate in the Westchester Knicks.In 2015, the Toronto Raptors created their own expansion franchise, the Raptors 905. In 2017, the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy and renamed the team the Iowa Wolves.
In 2009, the Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers pioneered the single-affiliate partnership, also known as the hybrid model. In November 2010, the New Jersey Nets and Springfield Armor announced they would enter into a single-affiliate partnership that began in 2011–12. In June 2011, the New York Knicks and Erie BayHawks announced they would be singly-affiliated. In May 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers entered into a single-affiliation partnership with the Idaho Stampede. The following month, the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws announced a single-affiliation partnership. In June 2013, the Miami Heat announced that they had entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In July 2013, the Sacramento Kings and Reno Bighorns (now the Stockton Kings) entered into a single-affiliation. The Stampede ended their affiliation with the Trail Blazers after the 2013–14 season and in June 2014 announced their affiliation with the Utah Jazz. The Armor moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the 2013–14 season and affiliated with the Detroit Pistons. From 2014 to 2017, the Memphis Grizzlies had a single-affiliation with the Iowa Energy. In 2015, the last multiple affiliate team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, was purchased by the Indiana Pacers making the 2015–16 season the first with all teams having single-affiliations.
In some cases, the hybrid affiliation led to the parent team buying their affiliate's franchise outright. On March 24, 2015, the Utah Jazz purchased their affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, and after one more season in Boise relocated the team to Salt Lake City. On April 11, 2016, the Phoenix Suns purchased their affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, and announced the immediate relocation of the team to Prescott Valley, Arizona, as the Northern Arizona Suns beginning with the 2016–17 season.On October 20, 2016, the Sacramento Kings bought the majority ownership of their affiliate of the previous eight seasons, the Reno Bighorns, and would eventually move the team to Stockton, California as the Stockton Kings after the 2017–18 G League season. On December 14, 2016, the Magic purchased their affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, with the intention to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida, in 2017. In 2017, the Miami Heat purchased the controlling interest in the Sioux Falls Skyforce after being its primary affiliate since 2013.
Parent club ownership: Agua Caliente Clippers (by the Los Angeles Clippers), Austin Spurs (by the San Antonio Spurs), Birmingham (by the New Orleans Pelicans), Canton Charge (by the Cleveland Cavaliers), Capital City Go-Go (by the Washington Wizards), College Park Skyhawks (by the Atlanta Hawks), Delaware Blue Coats (by the Philadelphia 76ers), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (by the Indiana Pacers), Greensboro Swarm (by the Charlotte Hornets), Iowa Wolves (by the Minnesota Timberwolves), Lakeland Magic (by the Orlando Magic), Long Island Nets (by the Brooklyn Nets), Memphis Hustle (by the Memphis Grizzlies), Northern Arizona Suns (by the Phoenix Suns), Oklahoma City Blue (by the Oklahoma City Thunder), Raptors 905 (by the Toronto Raptors), Salt Lake City Stars (by the Utah Jazz), Santa Cruz Warriors (by the Golden State Warriors), Sioux Falls Skyforce (with the Miami Heat), South Bay Lakers (by the Los Angeles Lakers), Stockton Kings (by the Sacramento Kings), Westchester Knicks (by the New York Knicks), the Windy City Bulls (by the Chicago Bulls), and the Wisconsin Herd (by the Milwaukee Bucks).
Single affiliation/hybrid model: Grand Rapids Drive (with the Detroit Pistons), Maine Red Claws (with the Boston Celtics), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (with the Houston Rockets), and the Texas Legends (with the Dallas Mavericks).
NBA teams with announced future affiliation: Erie BayHawks (with the New Orleans Pelicans)
NBA teams without an exclusive affiliate: Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.
Expansion in the league was slow for the first years, but has rapidly increased since the movement towards single-affiliate teams has become the norm.
On November 10, 2016, the Atlanta Hawks announced that they had bought and established a new D-League team that will play in a new arena in nearby College Park beginning with the 2019–20 season.In the 2017–18 season, the Hawks' G League franchise began play as the Erie BayHawks, following the Magic's purchase of the original franchise, until the arena in College Park is completed. The team name was announced as the College Park Skyhawks.
On October 24, 2018, the Pelicans announced plans to place their G League team in Birmingham, Alabama, to play in Legacy Arena located in the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex by 2022. As the arena needs to be renovated, the Pelican's affiliate will begin play the 2019–20 season as the Erie BayHawks after the Atlanta Hawks' affiliate moves to College Park.
On October 12, 2015, it was announced that Omaha, Nebraska, was pursuing a D-League franchise. Gary Green, the owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers, said the NBA approved the idea of a franchise while also mentioning the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets as possible affiliates. Green said, "We've had talks with the NBA and the guys in the D-League and they absolutely want to have a team in Omaha... We have a deal with the D-League in place, we just gotta find a franchise now." The potential home for an Omaha team could be CHI Health Center Omaha (known as CenturyLink Center Omaha in 2015), Ralston Arena, or Baxter Arena.
On December 7, 2017, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that he was looking into having a G League expansion team in Mexico City potentially as early as 2018.It would be the NBA's first official permanent team in Mexico to test the market after playing exhibition and regular season games in the city.
|Team||City||Year(s)||Former NBA affiliates||Notes|
|Albuquerque / New Mexico Thunderbirds||Albuquerque, New Mexico||2005–2011||Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Utah Jazz||Became the Canton Charge|
|Anaheim Arsenal||Anaheim, California||2006–2009||Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers||Became the Springfield Armor|
|Arkansas RimRockers||North Little Rock, Arkansas||2004–2007||Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors||Suspended by owners|
|Asheville Altitude||Asheville, North Carolina||2001–2005||None||Became the Tulsa 66ers|
|Bakersfield Jam||Bakersfield, California||2006–2016||Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz||Became the Northern Arizona Suns|
|(North) Charleston Lowgators||Charleston, South Carolina||2001–2004||None||Became the Florida Flame|
|Colorado 14ers||Broomfield, Colorado||2006–2009||Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors||Became the Texas Legends|
|Columbus Riverdragons||Columbus, Georgia||2001–2005||None||Became the Austin Toros|
|Dakota Wizards||Bismarck, North Dakota||2006–2012||Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards||Became the Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||2008–2017||Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors||Became the Lakeland Magic|
|Fayetteville Patriots||Fayetteville, North Carolina||2001–2006||Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks||Folded by league|
|Florida Flame||Fort Myers, Florida||2004–2006||Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic||Folded by owners|
|Fort Worth Flyers||Fort Worth, Texas||2005–2007||Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers||Suspended by owners|
|Greenville Groove||Greenville, South Carolina||2001–2003||None||Folded by league|
|Huntsville Flight||Huntsville, Alabama||2001–2005||None||Became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds|
|Idaho Stampede||Boise, Idaho||2006–2016||Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz||Became the Salt Lake City Stars|
|Mobile Revelers||Mobile, Alabama||2001–2003||None||Folded by league|
|Reno Bighorns||Reno, Nevada||2008–2018||Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz||Became the Stockton Kings|
|Roanoke Dazzle||Roanoke, Virginia||2001–2006||New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards||Folded by league|
|Springfield Armor||Springfield, Massachusetts||2009–2014||New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers||Became the Grand Rapids Drive|
|Tulsa 66ers||Tulsa, Oklahoma||2005–2014||Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle SuperSonics||Became the Oklahoma City Blue|
|Utah Flash||Orem, Utah||2007–2011||Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz||Became the Delaware 87ers|
Current teams in tan
Former teams or former names in blue
Announced future teams in green
NBA G League players generally do not sign contracts with the individual teams, but with the league itself. G League team rosters consist of a total of 12 players, 10 (or fewer) being G League players and two (or more) NBA players. The rosters are made up in a number of ways: the previous years' players, players taken in the G League draft, allocation players (meaning players who are assigned to a team with which they have a local connection, such as a University of Texas player being assigned to the Austin Spurs) and NBA team assignments. Each team also has local tryouts, and one player from the tryouts is assigned to the team.
The minimum age to play in the G League is 18,unlike the NBA which requires players to be 19 years old and one year out of high school in order to sign an NBA contract or be eligible for the draft. The base annual salary is US$35,000 plus housing and insurance benefits. Players who are called up for NBA get bonuses totalling up to US$50,000.
The tallest player ever to be assigned was Hasheem Thabeet at 7'3", the second player selected in the 2009 NBA draft. The tallest player to ever play in the G League was England's Paul Sturgess at 7'8", who played with the Texas Legends during the 2013–14 season.
The NBA G League Draft occurs each season and is the major source from which teams build their rosters. Team rosters are made up of returning players (players who were on the team during the previous season), players waived by an NBA team who are designated as an affiliate player to their respective G League affiliate, allocated players (players who have local significance), and drafted players. The 8 round draft utilizes a "serpentine" format, meaning the order alternates in each round; Team A who selected first in Round 1 will select last in Round 2, while Team B who selected last in Round 1 will get the first pick in Round 2. Round 3 was added in 2014,
The league holds an annual Player Invitational, where prospects hope to earn eligibility for the upcoming draft.
Players waived by an NBA team during training camp and up until the start of the regular season can be designated as affiliate players and allocated to the NBA team's G League affiliate. Each team is allowed four affiliate players. These are players that an NBA team is interested in developing in their own system. The affiliate players, however, still remain as free agents that any NBA team can sign.
Each NBA team can assign two first-year or second-year players who are under a standard NBA contract to its affiliated G League team. If more than two NBA players are assigned to a team, the team must reduce the number of G League players to keep the total roster size to 12. An NBA player will continue to be paid his NBA salary and will continue to be included on his NBA team's roster on the inactive list while playing in the G League.
NBA teams can call up players as many times as they choose, and there is no limit to the number of times an NBA player with three years or less experience can be assigned to the G League. Starting in 2011–12, veteran NBA players could be assigned with their consent.The first example of such was with Yi Jianlian, who the Dallas Mavericks assigned to the Texas Legends for two games.
The 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NBA, which took effect with the 2017–18 season, included changes allowing each NBA team to sign two players to two-way contracts. These players will spend the majority of their time on a team's G League roster, but can freely move to their respective NBA team for up to 45 days in the regular season, as well as be a part of the team's roster before the start of the season (including NBA training camps) and after the conclusion of the G League's regular season (though they are not allowed to be on a team's playoff roster or play in a playoff game).Only players with four or less years of NBA experience are eligible for two-way contracts. Unlike other G League players, who can be called up by any NBA team, two-way players can only be called up by their contracted NBA team. Players under two-way contracts are not counted against the NBA team's regular roster limit, and can be assigned to a G League affiliate for development while also getting a larger salary whenever they are called up to the parent team. For teams that do not have a one-to-one affiliation with a G League team, a process similar to the "flexible assignment" rule is being used to determine the placement for their own two-way contracts in the G League until every team has their proper affiliation underway. In addition, salaries for two-way players are much higher than those for regular G League players. As of the 2017–18 season, G League players who are not on two-way contracts earn either $19,500 or $26,000 during the league's season. By contrast, two-way players' salaries while in the G League, which are pro-rated according to the number of days the player is with his G League team, are based on an annual salary between $50,000 and $75,000, and while these players are with their NBA team, they will earn a pro-rated portion of the NBA minimum rookie salary (which was $815,615 in the 2017–18 season).
Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Bobby Simmons and Aaron Brooks are the only former D-League players to win an NBA end-of-season award; both won the Most Improved Player Award with Simmons getting it with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004–05 and Brooks earning it with the Houston Rockets in 2009–10.
In the 2008 NBA draft, the Idaho Stampede's Mike Taylor was drafted 55th by the Portland Trail Blazers. He became the first player from the NBA D-League to be drafted by an NBA team. He was subsequently traded and signed a rookie contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.In the 2014 draft, two D-League players were selected for the first time: P. J. Hairston was drafted 26th (which was also the first time a D–League player was drafted in the first round in the NBA) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo was the 51st pick.
Other noteworthy D-League call-ups include Jeremy Lin, Hassan Whiteside, 2011 NBA champion J. J. Barea, 2014 NBA champion Danny Green, 2015, 2017 and 2018 NBA champion Shaun Livingston, and 2017 NBA champion Matt Barnes.
The league held its first All-Star game February 17, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. As with the NBA's showcase game, a fan vote determined the starting lineup for each team. The East won, 114 to 100, with Pops Mensah-Bonsu named the game's MVP.
The second annual All-Star game was held on February 16, 2008, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The Blue team beat the Red team, 117–99, and Jeremy Richardson was named the MVP. In addition to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, the league debuted its first Dream Factory Friday Night events, which modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events. The events consists of Three-Point Shootout (won by Adam Harrington), Slam Dunk Contest (won by Brent Petway) and game of H-O-R-S-E (won by Lance Allred).
The 2009 D-League All-Star game was held on February 14, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Red Team defeated the Blue Team, 113–103, and Blake Ahearn and Courtney Sims were named co-MVPs.Along with the All-Star game, the NBA D-League ran their second annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. H-O-R-S-E was won by Will Conroy of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. The Three-Point Shootout was won by Blake Ahearn of the Dakota Wizards, and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by James White of the Bakersfield Jam.
The 2010 D-League All-Star game was held on February 13, 2010, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. The Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference Team, 98–81. Bakersfield Jam center Brian Butch, who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, was named as the MVP of the game.The NBA D-League also ran their third annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. The inaugural Shooting Stars Competition was won by a team of Pat Carroll, Trey Gilder and Carlos Powell. The Three-Point Shootout was won by Andre Ingram of the Utah Flash, and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by Dar Tucker of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
The league stages an annual NBA G League Showcase in which all of the league's teams play each other in a "carnival" format. The showcase was first played in 2005 was originally intended solely as a scouting event for NBA general managers and scouts, but has evolved into a fan-friendly four-day event in which each team plays two games apiece. Since the inception of the event in 2005, there have been 15 players called-up or recalled during or immediately following the Showcase. The showcase has been hosted in Columbus, Georgia (2005), Fayetteville, North Carolina (2006), Sioux Falls, South Dakota (2007), Boise, Idaho (2008), Orem, Utah (2009), Boise, Idaho (2010), South Padre Island, Texas (2011), Reno, Nevada in 2012 and 2013, Santa Cruz, California in 2015, and Mississauga, Ontario in 2017 and 2018.
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The Salt Lake City Stars are an American basketball team that plays in the NBA G League. The team is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and are affiliated with the Utah Jazz. Beginning in the 2016–17 season, the Stars play at the Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena, on the campus of Salt Lake Community College.
The Iowa Wolves are an American professional basketball team based in Des Moines, Iowa. It is owned by and affiliated with the Minnesota Timberwolves as of the 2017–18 season. They play in the Western Conference in the NBA G League, a minor league basketball organization run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Wolves play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena. From 2007 to 2017, the team was known as the Iowa Energy in the NBA Development League (D-League) until being purchased and renamed by the Timberwolves. They broke the D-league attendance record on their first ever home game with 8,842 fans. They later set the record again in game two of the 2011 D-League Finals with an attendance of 14,036 fans. They won the 2011 D-League Finals, defeating the Rio Grande Valley Vipers two-games-to-one.
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the home venue for the team. The team is the first minor league basketball franchise to play in Fort Wayne since the Fort Wayne Fury of the Continental Basketball Association. The Mad Ants won their first D-League championship in 2014. In September 2015, the Indiana Pacers purchased the Mad Ants, which thus became the Pacers' one-to-one D-League affiliate.
The Texas Legends are an NBA G League team based in Frisco, Texas, and the minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. The franchise began as the Colorado 14ers in 2006, before relocating to Frisco in 2009 and becoming the Texas Legends for the 2010–11 season. The Legends play their home games at the Dr Pepper Arena.
Solomon Makfan Alabi is a Nigerian professional basketball player for Fukushima Firebonds of the B.League. He attended Florida State University where he helped them to a third-place finish in the ACC standings and a trip to the NCAA Tournament where they fell to Gonzaga in the first round. The 7-foot-1 Alabi was a two-time ACC All-Defensive team selection in both his freshman and sophomore years. He played soccer before taking up basketball at age 15.
The 2010–11 NBA Development League season is the tenth season of the NBA Development League. The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The league was formed in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). The league adopted its current name in 2005 to reflect its close affiliation with the NBA. One expansion franchise, the Texas Legends, joined the 15 returning teams from the previous season.
The 2011–12 NBA Development League season is the 11th season of the NBA Development League. The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned and run by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The league was formed in 2001 as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL). The league adopted its current name in 2005 to reflect its close affiliation with the NBA. The 2011–12 season will be competed by 16 teams. The Los Angeles D-Fenders, after spending one season inactive, joined the 15 returning teams from the previous season. The Utah Flash ceased operation at the end of the previous season and would not be playing in the 2011–12 season. The New Mexico Thunderbirds relocated to Canton, Ohio and were renamed as the Canton Charge.
Alex Poythress is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for University of Kentucky.
The Westchester Knicks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and is an affiliate of the New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Based in Westchester County, the Knicks play their home games at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.
DeAndre M. Daniels is an American professional basketball player for the Texas Legends of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the UConn Huskies, and won a national championship in 2014. Daniels was a key player for the Huskies' 2013–14 NCAA championship team, as he made 2014 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.
The Grand Rapids Drive are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and is an affiliate of the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The franchise began as the Anaheim Arsenal in 2006, before relocating to Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2009, becoming the Springfield Armor. After five seasons in Springfield, the franchise moved to Grand Rapids in 2014 and were subsequently renamed the Grand Rapids Drive. They play their home games at the DeltaPlex Arena in Walker, Michigan.
Tyler Jordon Harvey is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Eastern Washington Eagles. He primarily plays the point guard and shooting guard positions. Harvey graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School of Torrance, California in 2011. According to Eagles head coach Jim Hayford, Harvey was the player the team was "building their basketball program on" as a sophomore.
Anthony LeJohn Brown is an American professional basketball player for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal.
The Raptors 905 are a Canadian professional basketball team in the NBA G League. The team is based in Mississauga, Ontario, and began play in the 2015–16 season. The club, which is the G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association, plays their home games at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre, replacing the Centre's former basketball tenant, the Mississauga Power of the National Basketball League of Canada. The team also plays occasional home games at the Scotiabank Arena, the home of their parent club. Raptors 905 were the eighth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team and the first to be based outside the United States.
The 2015–16 NBA Development League season was the 15th season of the NBA Development League. The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Idaho Stampede was an American basketball team in the NBA D-League, based in Boise, Idaho. They played their home games at the Ford Idaho Center in nearby Nampa from 1997 until they moved to CenturyLink Arena in Boise in 2005.
The College Park Skyhawks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. The team is based in College Park, Georgia, with home games at Gateway Center at College Park after the franchise played its first two seasons in Erie, Pennsylvania, at the Erie Insurance Arena as the Erie BayHawks. The team became the sixteenth D-League team to be owned by an NBA team.
The Lakeland Magic are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League announced to begin play for the 2017–18 season as an affiliate of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Based in Lakeland, Florida, the team plays their home games at the RP Funding Center.
The 2017–18 NBA G League season was the 17th season of the NBA G League, the minor league for the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is the first season after the league rebranded to become the NBA G League as part of multi-year partnership with Gatorade.
The Erie BayHawks are an American professional basketball team of the NBA G League and an affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association that is announced to begin play in 2019. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, the team will play their home games at the Erie Insurance Arena. The New Orleans Pelicans plan to relocate their G League franchise to Birmingham, Alabama, to play at a renovated Legacy Arena by 2022.
The player will continue to be paid his NBA salary and will continue to be included on his NBA team's roster (on the inactive list) while playing in the NBADL.
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