What is Showcase?
Showcase is the NBA Development League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all 18 D-League teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams. The 2015 event marks the 11th NBA D-League Showcase.
Why is it important?
Showcase gives the nearly 200 players on NBA D-League rosters a chance to shine in hopes of achieving their dream: landing an NBA contract. It coincides with the period of the season when NBA teams can sign free agents to 10-day contracts, which began on Jan. 5 this year.
The majority of players in the NBA D-League are free agents who can be signed by any NBA team (click here to learn more about how rosters are built), so a flurry of deals typically follows Showcase each year; last season, 23 minor-league prospects earned 10-day NBA contracts, including six in the first 15 days after Showcase.
Which players have appeared in past Showcases?
A host of up-and-coming NBA players have put their skills on display at Showcase over the past 10 years, especially since NBA teams often assign young talent to the D-League at this time.
Last year, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Shabazz Muhammad – playing in his home state of Nevada – took the event by storm, scoring a combined 46 points in 49 minutes in two games with the Iowa Energy. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who is enjoying a breakout season of his own this year, was a 2014 standout with the Bakersfield Jam.
And less than five months before he made a game-winning three-pointer in an NBA playoff game, Troy Daniels was the starting shooting guard for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Showcase – just another D-League prospect trying to make a name for himself.
Other past participants include: Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and forward Terrence Jones, Suns guard/forward Gerald Green and forward Marcus Morris, Raptors forward Amir Johnson, Spurs guard Cory Joseph and Lakers guard Jeremy Lin.
What’s new in 2015?
For the 11th installment of the event, the league has introduced a brand-new single elimination tournament called the Showcase Cup that will pit the top eight teams by record against each other. (The remaining 10 teams will still play in non-Cup games.)
The Maine Red Claws, affiliate of the Boston Celtics, earned the top seed in the inaugural tournament with a red-hot 13-3 start. See who else qualified here.
The scene also shifts from Reno, Nev., where the Bighorns hosted the last three years, to Santa Cruz, Calif., where the Warriors’ diehard fan base awaits. (Past hosts include Columbus, Ga., Fayetteville, N.C., Sioux Falls, S.D., Boise, Idaho and South Padre Island, Texas.)
Where are the games broadcast?
Ten of the 19 games scheduled for the 2015 Showcase will be broadcast live on NBA TV, including Monday’s Cup Championship Game. The remaining nine, like all regular-season NBA D-League games in 2014-15, can be viewed live on YouTube and NBADLeague.com.