The NBA Development League features an all-time high 22 teams during the 2016-17 season, each singly affiliated with an NBA parent club.
The league launched with eight teams in 2001-02.
|Number of NBA Development League Teams By Season|
Three NBA franchises purchased new NBA Development League affiliates that began play this season: the Charlotte Hornets (Greensboro Swarm), Brooklyn Nets (Long Island Nets) and Chicago Bulls (Windy City Bulls).
Two other NBA franchises purchased and relocated their affiliates this past offseason: the Utah Jazz (Salt Lake City Stars) and Phoenix Suns (Northern Arizona Suns).
Five NBA franchises have purchased or intend to purchase NBA D-League affiliates, including three new teams, which will expand the league to 25 teams next season. For 2017-18:
- The Milwaukee Bucks have purchased an expansion team to begin play in Oshkosh, Wisc.
- The Memphis Grizzlies have purchased an expansion team to begin play in Southaven, Miss.
- The Orlando Magic have purchased the Erie BayHawks and intend to rename and relocate the team to Lakeland, Fla.
- The Atlanta Hawks have purchased an NBA D-League affiliate that will begin play as the Erie BayHawks before relocating to College Park, Ga., in 2019-20
- The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced a letter of intent to purchase the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ current affiliate.
Learn more about the new teams:
Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic)
Announced: December 14, 2016 | Official Release
Location: Lakeland, Fla.
Home Arena: The Lakeland Center
More Info: LakelandMagic.com
Milwaukee Bucks: Coming in 2017-18
Announced: February 8, 2017 | Official Release
Location: Oshkosh, Wisc.
Home Arena: Under construction
More Info: FoxValleyBasketball.com
Memphis Grizzlies: Coming in 2017-18
Announced: January 24, 2017 | Official Release
Location: Southaven, Miss.
Home Arena: Landers Center
More Info: MemphisDLeague.com
Minnesota Timberwolves: Coming in 2017-18
Announced: January 23, 2017 | Official Release
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Team Name: Iowa Energy
Home Arena: Wells Fargo Arena
Atlanta Hawks: Coming in 2017-18
Announced: Nov. 10, 2016 & January 31, 2017 | Official Release
Location: Erie, Pa. (2017-18 & 2018-19); College Park, Ga. (2019-20)
Home Arena: Coming Summer of 2019 (Gateway Center)
Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets)
Location: Greensboro, N.C.
Home Arena: Greensboro Coliseum Complex
More Info: Hornets.com/GSOSwarm
Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets)
Location: Brooklyn (2016-17), Uniondale, N.Y. (2017-18 and beyond)
Home Arena: Barclays Center (2016-17), Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (2017-18 and beyond)
More Info: LongIslandNets.com
Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls)
Location: Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Home Arena: Sears Centre Arena
More Info: BullsDLeague.com
Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz)
Announced: April 4, 2016 | Official Release
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Home Arena: Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena (Salt Lake Community College)
Formerly: Idaho Stampede
More Info: SLCStars.com
Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns)
Location: Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Home Arena: Prescott Valley Event Center (PVEC)
Formerly: Bakersfield Jam
More Info: nazsuns.com