What is Showcase?
Showcase is the NBA Development League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of the 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 2017 event – Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario – marked the 13th NBA D-League Showcase, featuring 22 games over five days.
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.
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 occurs during and after Showcase each year. More than 50 players have been called during or immediately after the 13 Showcases.
Where does it take place?
Showcase 2017 was held in Mississauga, Ontario, home of the Toronto Raptors’ affiliate, Raptors 905. Showcase 2016 was held in Santa Cruz, Calif., home of the Santa Cruz Warriors, for the second straight year.
Past hosts include Reno, Nev., Columbus, Ga., Fayetteville, N.C., Sioux Falls, S.D., Boise, Idaho and South Padre Island, Texas.
Where are the games broadcast?
A record 14 of the 22 games in 2017 were nationally televised on ESPNU and NBA TV. The remaining eight, like all 2016-17 regular-season NBA D-League games, were streamed live on Facebook Live and NBADLeague.com.
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 12 years, especially since NBA teams often assign young talent to the Development League at this time.
At Showcase 2016, Sean Kilpatrick shined for the Delaware 87ers, earning a Call-Up two days later and becoming an impact player for the Brooklyn Nets.
Rookie guard Josh Richardson also earned NBADLeague.com All-Showcase honors after leading the Sioux Falls Skyforce to the Showcase Cup title. By the next month, he had cracked the Heat’s rotation, eventually emerging as a key piece off the bench during the playoffs.
Heat star Hassan Whiteside also put his skills on display as a 23-year-old center for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the 2013 Showcase.
Other past participants include: Rockets guard Patrick Beverley and center Clint Capela, Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Nets guard Jeremy Lin, Celtics guard/forward Gerald Green, Celtics forward Amir Johnson and Mavericks guard Seth Curry.