The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 22 teams — all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — heading into the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are the best players ever to play in the NBA Development League? What is the relationship between NBA teams and their NBA D-League affiliates? How can I watch games?
Answers these questions and much more on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Get your calendars ready and take a look at the dates to know in 2016-17, from NBA D-League tryouts through the NBA Summer Leagues.
NBA D-LEAGUE SHOWCASE
Showcase is the NBA Development League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of the league’s teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2017 event — Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario — will mark the 13th NBA D-League Showcase.
Prospects who have turned heads in Showcases past include Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (Rio Grande Valley Vipers), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (Bakersfield Jam), Minnesota Timberwolves guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad (Iowa Energy), Miami Heat guard/forward Gerald Green and Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (Reno Bighorns).
RECAP THE 2016 OFFSEASON
Five new teams. Thirteen new head coaches. Dozens of prospects and alums taking steps forward in their careers.
It was yet another busy offseason for the NBA’s minor league. Catch up on everything that’s happened this last season ended.
HOW ROSTERS ARE BUILT
Players take a variety of paths to the NBA D-League as they push toward the NBA.
Learn about the eight different paths a player can take to an NBA D-League roster, which includes Returning Players, Affiliate Players, Local Tryout Players, NBA D-League Draft Picks, NBA Draft Rights Players, NBA Assignees, NBA Draft-Eligible Players and Free Agents.
HOW CALL-UPS WORK
All 22 NBA Development League teams are singly affiliated with an NBA franchise, but that does not mean that NBA franchises own exclusive rights to all of the players on their NBA D-League roster (like in Major League Baseball).
In fact, the majority of players in the NBA D-League are available for any of the 30 NBA teams to sign (call up); most NBADL players have signed contracts with the league rather than their individual team, so by NBA standards they are technically free agents.
Find out about this rule and the three exceptions to it.