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 — in the 2016-17 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
Read below for more information on the NBA D-League.
NBA GATORADE LEAGUE
Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League (NBA D-League) will be renamed the NBA Gatorade League (NBA G League) as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.
The NBA Development League featured 22 teams for the 2016-17 season. The league will expand to 26 teams in 2017-18 with the Atlanta Hawks, L.A. Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Milwaukee Bucks purchasing expansion franchises.
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.
All NBA D-League games during the 2016-17 season, with the exception of those televised nationally, will stream live on Facebook Live. Log on to Facebook.com/NBADLeague before tip-off or find the link via the game page on NBADLeague.com.
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 — marked 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).
NBA D-LEAGUE ALL-STAR
The NBA D-League All-Star Game has been part of NBA All-Star Weekend since 2007. The minor league also puts on its own three-point and slam dunk contests. This year’s All-Star events will be held on Saturday, February 18 in New Orleans.
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.