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What You Need to Know About the NBA D-League

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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Read below for more information on the NBA D-League.

FRANCHISE MAP

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Go to NBADLeague.com/Expansion for more

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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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.

>> NBA D-League FAQ

KEY DATES

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Get your calendars ready and take a look at the dates to know in 2015-16, from NBA D-League tryouts through the NBA Summer Leagues.

>> Key Dates: 2015-16

HOW ROSTERS ARE BUILT

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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 NBA D-League Rosters Are Built

HOW CALL-UPS WORK

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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.

>> How Do Call-Ups Work?

NBA D-LEAGUE SHOWCASE

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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 2016 event marked the 12th 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).

>> More on Showcase

RECAP THE 2015 OFFSEASON

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A new team. A new affiliation. Groundbreaking coaches, up-and-coming players, and strategy in utilizing the Development League that continues to evolve.

It was yet another busy offseason for the NBA’s minor league. Here’s what you missed a year ago.

>> 2015 Offseason Recap

MORE 101: Affiliate PlayersDraft and Stash | Path to the NBA Draft | Coaching Call-Ups