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The NBA G LEAGUE is the National Basketball
Basketball
Association 's official minor league basketball organization. The league was known as the NATIONAL BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (NBDL) from 2001 to 2005, and the NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (NBA D-LEAGUE) from 2005 until 2017. The league started with eight teams until NBA commissioner David Stern announced a plan to expand the NBA D-League to fifteen teams and develop it into a true minor league farm system , with each NBA D-League team affiliated with one or more NBA teams in March 2005. At the conclusion of the 2013–14 NBA season , 33% of NBA players had spent time in the NBA D-League, up from 23% in 2011. As of the 2017–18 season , the league consists of 26 teams, all of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team.

For the 2017–18 season, the league rebranded to become the NBA G League as part of a multi-year partnership with Gatorade
Gatorade
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 National Basketball
Basketball
Development League (2001–2005) * 1.2 NBA Development League (2005–2017) * 1.3 NBA G League
NBA G League
(2017–present)

* 2 Teams

* 2.1 Current teams * 2.2 Team ownership and NBA affiliations

* 2.3 Future expansion teams and locations

* 2.3.1 Confirmed expansion and relocations * 2.3.2 Expansion candidate locations

* 2.4 Defunct / relocated teams * 2.5 Team timeline

* 3 Player allocations

* 3.1 Draft * 3.2 Successful NBA call-ups

* 4 Annual events

* 4.1 All-Star Game * 4.2 NBA G League
NBA G League
Showcase

* 5 Honors

* 5.1 List of champions * 5.2 Awards

* 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

HISTORY

NATIONAL BASKETBALL DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (2001–2005)

The league began its play as the National Basketball
Basketball
Development League (NBDL) in the 2001–02 season; the original eight franchises were all located in the southeastern United States (specifically in Virginia
Virginia
, North Carolina
North Carolina
, South Carolina
South Carolina
, Alabama
Alabama
, and Georgia ).

NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE (2005–2017)

In 2005, the league's name was changed to NBA Development League (NBA D-League) as part of the new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA and a bid to appeal to more fans by showing their connection to the major league. In the same offseason, Southwest Basketball, LLC lead by David Kahn was granted permission by the league to operate four new teams. Southwest Basketball
Basketball
then purchased three existing franchises and one expansion team: the Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Albuquerque Thunderbirds
, Austin Toros
Austin Toros
, Fort Worth Flyers
Fort Worth Flyers
and the Tulsa 66ers
Tulsa 66ers
. The Arkansas RimRockers were also added from the ABA for the 2005–06 season. In February 2006, the D-League expanded to California
California
for the first time with the addition of the Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam
. Two months later, the league announced that four teams from the Continental Basketball Association were joining the league: the Dakota Wizards , Sioux Falls Skyforce , Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede
, and a team originally slated for CBA expansion , the Colorado 14ers
Colorado 14ers
. Shortly after, the league announced expansion teams in the Anaheim Arsenal
Anaheim Arsenal
and the Los Angeles D-Fenders . The D-Fenders became the first D-League team to be directly owned by an NBA parent team, the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
.

However, the westward expansion contributed to the contraction of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzle
Roanoke Dazzle
and Fayetteville Patriots
Fayetteville Patriots
for that season. The Florida Flame suspended operations due to arena scheduling difficulties. After the 2006–07 season, there would be no more teams in the southeastern United States until the 2016 expansion team, the Greensboro Swarm
Greensboro Swarm
.

After the 2006 to 2009 expansions, the league membership was fairly consistent with only a few relocations and suspensions. In 2009, the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
entered into the first single-affiliation partnership, called the hybrid model, with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers . This began a wave of NBA and D-League teams entering into single-affiliation agreements of both the hybrid and parent-team owned varieties. With more NBA involvement, the league once again began to expand and spread its footprint.

By 2015, the last multiple-affiliate team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Fort Wayne Mad Ants
, was purchased by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
leading to the first season where all D-League teams were affiliated with only one NBA team. As there were no longer any unaffiliated D-League teams left, the remaining NBA teams began purchasing expansion franchises or hybrid partnership teams and placing them near the parent team. In 2015, the Toronto Raptors placed their own team, Raptors 905
Raptors 905
, in the Greater Toronto Area in Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
. In 2016, the D-League expanded by three more NBA parent club owned teams for the largest D-League expansion since 2007. The Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
created the Greensboro Swarm , the Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
created the Long Island Nets
Long Island Nets
, and the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
created the Windy City Bulls
Windy City Bulls
.

NBA G LEAGUE (2017–PRESENT)

Alternate Logo

In the 2017–18 season , the D-League entered into a multi-year partnership with Gatorade
Gatorade
and announced it would be rebranded as the NBA Gatorade
Gatorade
League. When the league completed the change over to the new branding, it had changed to referring to itself as simply the "NBA G League". It also continued its membership changes with the relocation of the Erie BayHawks to Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
, as the Lakeland Magic , a new Erie BayHawks franchise ; and expansions in the Agua Caliente Clippers in Ontario, California
California
; the Memphis Hustle
Memphis Hustle
in Southaven, Mississippi
Southaven, Mississippi
; and the Wisconsin Herd
Wisconsin Herd
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin . The Los Angeles D-Fenders
Los Angeles D-Fenders
would also re-brand to the South Bay Lakers to reflect the league name change.

TEAMS

CURRENT TEAMS

Raptors 905
Raptors 905
Charge 87ers BayHawks Magic Red Claws Hustle Knicks Mad Ants Drive Wolves Skyforce Spurs Vipers Legends Blue Clippers Suns Stars Lakers Bighorns Warriors Bulls Swarm Nets College Park (2019) Herd Washington, D.C. (2018) Locations of teams in the NBA G League
NBA G League

EASTERN CONFERENCE

DIVISION TEAM CITY ARENA CAPACITY FOUNDED JOINED HEAD COACH NBA AFFILIATE OWNERSHIP

ATLANTIC LONG ISLAND NETS Uniondale, New York
Uniondale, New York
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
13,500 2016 Ronald Nored Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
Parent club

MAINE RED CLAWS Portland, Maine
Portland, Maine
Portland Exposition Building 3,100 2009 Brandon Bailey Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
Hybrid

RAPTORS 905 Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
Hershey Centre
Hershey Centre
5,000 2015 Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse
Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Parent club

WESTCHESTER KNICKS White Plains, New York
White Plains, New York
Westchester County Center
Westchester County Center
5,000 2014 Mike Miller New York Knicks
New York Knicks
Parent club

CENTRAL CANTON CHARGE Canton, Ohio
Canton, Ohio
Canton Memorial Civic Center
Canton Memorial Civic Center
5,200 2001 Nate Reinking Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
Parent club

FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
13,000 2007 Steve Gansey Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
Parent club

GRAND RAPIDS DRIVE Walker, Michigan
Walker, Michigan
DeltaPlex Arena 4,500 2006 Rob Werdann Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
Hybrid

WINDY CITY BULLS Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Sears Centre
Sears Centre
10,000 2016 Nate Loenser Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
Parent club

WISCONSIN HERD Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Oshkosh Arena
Oshkosh Arena
3,500 2017 Jordan Brady Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
Parent club

SOUTHEAST DELAWARE 87ERS Newark, Delaware
Newark, Delaware
Bob Carpenter Center
Bob Carpenter Center
5,100 2007 Eugene Burroughs Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Parent club

ERIE BAYHAWKS Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie Insurance Arena
Erie Insurance Arena
6,750 2017 Josh Longstaff Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
Parent club

GREENSBORO SWARM Greensboro, North Carolina
North Carolina
Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse 2,500 2016 Noel Gillespie Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Hornets
Parent club

LAKELAND MAGIC Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
RP Funding Center
RP Funding Center
8,178 2008 2017 Stan Heath Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
Parent club

WESTERN CONFERENCE

DIVISION TEAM CITY ARENA CAPACITY FOUNDED JOINED HEAD COACH NBA AFFILIATE OWNERSHIP

MIDWEST IOWA WOLVES Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
Wells Fargo Arena 16,110 2007 Scott Roth Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
Parent club

MEMPHIS HUSTLE Southaven, Mississippi
Southaven, Mississippi
Landers Center 8,362 2017 Glynn Cyprien Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
Parent club

OKLAHOMA CITY BLUE Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cox Convention Center 13,846 2001 Mark Daigneault Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder Parent club

SIOUX FALLS SKYFORCE Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sanford Pentagon
Sanford Pentagon
3,250 1989 2006 Nevada
Nevada
Smith Miami Heat
Miami Heat
Parent club

SOUTHWEST AUSTIN SPURS Cedar Park, Texas
Cedar Park, Texas
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
7,200 2001 Blake Ahearn San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
Parent club

RIO GRANDE VALLEY VIPERS Hidalgo, Texas
Hidalgo, Texas
State Farm Arena
State Farm Arena
5,500 2007 Matt Brase Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
Hybrid

SALT LAKE CITY STARS Taylorsville, Utah
Taylorsville, Utah
Lifetime Activities Center-Bruin Arena 5,000 1997 2006 Martin Schiller Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Parent club

TEXAS LEGENDS Frisco, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Dr Pepper Arena 4,500 2006 Bob MacKinnon Jr. Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
Hybrid

PACIFIC AGUA CALIENTE CLIPPERS Ontario, California
California
Citizens Business Bank Arena
Citizens Business Bank Arena
10,832 2017 Casey Hill Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
Parent club

NORTHERN ARIZONA SUNS Prescott Valley, Arizona
Prescott Valley, Arizona
Prescott Valley Event Center
Prescott Valley Event Center
5,100 2006 Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
Parent club

RENO BIGHORNS Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada
Reno Events Center
Reno Events Center
7,000 2008 Darrick Martin Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
Parent club

SANTA CRUZ WARRIORS Santa Cruz, California
California
Kaiser Permanente Arena 2,505 1995 2006 Aaron Miles Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
Parent club

SOUTH BAY LAKERS El Segundo, California
California
UCLA Health Training Center 750 2006 Coby Karl Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
Parent club

ANNOUNCED FUTURE TEAMS

TEAM CITY ARENA CAPACITY FOUNDED JOINING HEAD COACH NBA AFFILIATE OWNERSHIP

College Park College Park, Georgia
College Park, Georgia
Georgia International Convention Center 3,500 2017 2019 TBA Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
Parent club

Washington Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena 4,200 2018 TBA Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
Parent club

* ^ As the Huntsville Flight . * ^ As the Anaheim Arsenal
Anaheim Arsenal
. * ^ As the Utah Flash . * ^ A B C D The original Erie BayHawks , at the time an affiliate of the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
, were fully purchased and moved to Lakeland as the Lakeland Magic
Lakeland Magic
starting with the 2017 season. However, the Atlanta Hawks began operating their new development franchise in Erie, intending to move it to College Park, Georgia, once a new arena at Georgia International Convention Center is completed. * ^ As the Asheville Altitude
Asheville Altitude
. * ^ Played in the Continental Basketball
Basketball
Association and the International
International
Basketball
Basketball
League (1999–2001) before joining the NBA D-League in 2006. * ^ As the Columbus Riverdragons
Columbus Riverdragons
. * ^ Played as the Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede
in the Continental Basketball Association before joining the NBA D-League in 2006. * ^ As the Colorado 14ers
Colorado 14ers
. * ^ As the Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam
. * ^ As the Dakota Wizards ; Played in the International
International
Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball
Basketball
Association before joining the NBA D-League in 2006. * ^ As the Los Angeles D-Fenders; did not field a team for the 2010–11 season.

TEAM OWNERSHIP AND NBA AFFILIATIONS

Ownership models vary across the NBA G League. Growing willingness among NBA organizations to invest in the G League has led to two main models: direct ownership of G League teams by parent NBA clubs and single-affiliate partnerships in which the G League team remains independently owned while the parent club runs and finances basketball operations.

Parent club direct ownership began in 2006 when the Los Angeles Lakers bought their own NBA D-League franchise, originally known as the Los Angeles D-Fenders
Los Angeles D-Fenders
and since 2017–18 as the South Bay Lakers , followed by the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
purchasing the Austin Toros
Austin Toros
in 2007 and the Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder purchasing the Tulsa 66ers
Tulsa 66ers
in 2008. This led to more NBA teams to either purchase existing franchises or create expansion teams in order to have their own single-affiliation teams. In 2011, the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
purchased the New Mexico Thunderbirds to become the Canton Charge
Canton Charge
and the Golden State Warriors purchased the Dakota Wizards . In 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers purchased the inactive Utah Flash and moved them to Newark, Delaware
Newark, Delaware
, as the Delaware 87ers . In 2014, the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
became the seventh team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate in the Westchester Knicks . In 2015, the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
created their own expansion franchise, the Raptors 905
Raptors 905
. In 2017, the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy
and renamed the team the Iowa Wolves .

In 2009, the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
and Rio Grande Valley Vipers pioneered the single-affiliate partnership, also known as the hybrid model. In November 2010, the New Jersey Nets and Springfield Armor announced they would enter into a single-affiliate partnership that began in 2011–12. In June 2011, the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
and Erie BayHawks announced they would be singly-affiliated. In May 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers entered into a single-affiliation partnership with the Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede
. The following month, the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
and Maine Red Claws announced a single-affiliation partnership. In June 2013, the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
announced that they had entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce
Sioux Falls Skyforce
. In July 2013, the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
and Reno Bighorns
Reno Bighorns
entered into a single-affiliation. The Stampede ended their affiliation with the Trail Blazers after the 2013–14 season and in June 2014 announced their affiliation with the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
. The Armor moved to Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids
, Michigan
Michigan
, after the 2013–14 season and affiliated with the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
. From 2014 to 2017, the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
had a single-affiliation with the Iowa Energy . In 2015, the last multiple affiliate team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants , was purchased by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
making the 2015–16 season the first with all teams having single-affiliations.

In some cases, the hybrid affiliation led to the parent team buying their affiliate's franchise outright. On March 24, 2015, the Utah Jazz purchased their affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, and after one more season in Boise relocated the team to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
. On April 11, 2016, the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
purchased their affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam , and announced the immediate relocation of the team to Prescott Valley, Arizona , as the Northern Arizona Suns beginning with the 2016–17 season. On October 20, 2016, the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
bought the majority ownership of their affiliate of the previous eight seasons, the Reno Bighorns
Reno Bighorns
. On December 14, 2016, the Magic purchased their affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, with the intention to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
, in 2017. In 2017, the Miami Heat purchased the controlling interest in the Sioux Falls Skyforce after being its primary affiliate since 2013.

PARENT CLUB OWNERSHIP: Agua Caliente Clippers (by the Los Angeles Clippers ), Austin Spurs
Austin Spurs
(by the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
), Canton Charge (by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
), Delaware 87ers (by the Philadelphia 76ers ), Erie BayHawks (by the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
), Greensboro Swarm
Greensboro Swarm
(by the Charlotte Hornets ), Iowa Wolves
Iowa Wolves
(by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
), Lakeland Magic
Lakeland Magic
(by the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
), Long Island Nets
Long Island Nets
(by the Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
), Memphis Hustle (by the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
), Northern Arizona Suns (by the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
), Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Blue
(by the Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder ), Raptors 905
Raptors 905
(by the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
), Reno Bighorns
Reno Bighorns
(by the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
), Salt Lake City Stars
Salt Lake City Stars
(by the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
), Santa Cruz Warriors (by the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
), Sioux Falls Skyforce (with the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
), South Bay Lakers
South Bay Lakers
(by the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
), Westchester Knicks (by the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
), the Windy City Bulls
Windy City Bulls
(by the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
), and the Wisconsin Herd
Wisconsin Herd
(by the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
).

SINGLE AFFILIATION/HYBRID MODEL: Grand Rapids Drive
Grand Rapids Drive
(with the Detroit Pistons ), Maine Red Claws
Maine Red Claws
(with the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (with the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
), and the Texas Legends
Texas Legends
(with the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
).

NBA TEAMS WITH ANNOUNCED FUTURE AFFILIATION: Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(with Washington by parent club ownership in 2018).

NBA TEAMS WITHOUT AN EXCLUSIVE AFFILIATE: Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
, New Orleans Pelicans , and Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
.

FUTURE EXPANSION TEAMS AND LOCATIONS

Expansion in the league was slow for the first years, but has rapidly increased since the movement towards single-affiliate teams has become the norm.

Confirmed Expansion And Relocations

On January 6, 2016, the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
announced that they had begun the process of bringing an NBA D-League team to Central Florida or Northern Florida and sent RFPs to eight possible homes and venues for the team: Daytona Beach ( Ocean Center
Ocean Center
), Estero
Estero
( Germain Arena
Germain Arena
), Fort Myers ( Lee County Civic Center
Lee County Civic Center
), Jacksonville
Jacksonville
( Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena ), Kissimmee
Kissimmee
( Silver Spurs Arena
Silver Spurs Arena
), Lakeland (Lakeland Center ), and two venues in Orlando
Orlando
(HP Field House and CFE Arena ). The team would begin to play in the 2017–18 season and would be directly owned and operated by the Magic and would not be a relocation of their then hybrid affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. On June 30, the Magic had narrowed the list down to two cities: Kissimmee
Kissimmee
and Lakeland. On December 14, 2016, the Magic purchased the BayHawks and will relocate the team to Lakeland for the 2017–18 season.

On November 10, 2016, the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
announced that they had bought and established a new D-League team that will play in a new arena in nearby College Park beginning with the 2019–20 season. Beginning in 2017–18, the Hawks' G League franchise will play as the Erie BayHawks, following the Magic's purchase of the original franchise, until the arena in College Park is completed.

On January 23, 2017, the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
purchased the majority ownership of the Iowa Energy, which had a hybrid affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies. That same day, the Memphis Grizzlies announced they would be purchasing a new expansion team based in the Memphis suburb of Southaven, Mississippi
Southaven, Mississippi
, and playing at the Landers Center .

On February 8, 2017, the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
announced it will place an expansion franchise in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
, for the 2017–18 season.

In 2015, Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
, had previously mentioned the need for the Clippers to own a NBA Development League team. In April 2017, the Clippers began looking to add D-League affiliate either in nearby Ontario or Bakersfield for the 2017–18 season. The Clippers reportedly have settled on the Ontario location and possibly be calling the team the Agua Caliente Clippers . On May 15, the expansion team was confirmed.

On September 17, 2015, Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
owner Ted Leonsis
Ted Leonsis
said that the team's planned practice facility, to be located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
, would be the full-time home of the WNBA's Washington Mystics
Washington Mystics
. Leonsis also revealed at the time that there is a "serious discussion" about also having a D-League team play at the facility when it opens in 2018. On June 21, 2017, Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that the team had acquired the right to own and operate a G League team beginning with the 2018–19 season and that the team would play in the 4,200-seat facility.

Expansion Candidate Locations

On October 12, 2015, it was announced that Omaha
Omaha
, Nebraska
Nebraska
, was pursuing a D-League franchise. Gary Green, the owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers , said the NBA approved the idea of a franchise while also mentioning the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
and Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
as possible affiliates. Green said, "We've had talks with the NBA and the guys in the D-League and they absolutely want to have a team in Omaha... We have a deal with the D-League in place, we just gotta find a franchise now." The potential home for an Omaha
Omaha
team could be CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha
, Ralston Arena
Ralston Arena
, or Baxter Arena
Baxter Arena
.

On March 30, 2017, the New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
announced their intentions to have an owned-and-operated development team by the 2018–19 season located in the Gulf South
Gulf South
region. The organization then announced they were looking at 11 different locations: Mobile in Alabama; Alexandria , Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge
, Lafayette , Lake Charles , Monroe , Shreveport
Shreveport
, St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish
in Louisiana; Gulfport-Biloxi and Jackson in Mississippi; and Pensacola, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
. The list was narrowed when the Pelicans' received six proposals their April 25 deadline: Baton Rouge, Jackson, Mobile, Pensacola, Shreveport, and St. Tammany Parish. As of August 2017, the only two cities still in contention are Pensacola and Shreveport.

DEFUNCT / RELOCATED TEAMS

TEAM CITY YEAR(S) FORMER NBA AFFILIATES NOTES

Albuquerque / New Mexico Thunderbirds Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
2005–2011 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
, Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
, Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
, Miami Heat , New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets , Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
, Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
, Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Became the Canton Charge
Canton Charge

Anaheim Arsenal
Anaheim Arsenal
Anaheim, California
California
2006–2009 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
, Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
, Portland Trail Blazers Became the Springfield Armor

Arkansas RimRockers
Arkansas RimRockers
North Little Rock, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
2004–2007 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
, Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
, Miami Heat , Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Suspended by owners

Asheville Altitude
Asheville Altitude
Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina
2001–2005 None Became the Tulsa 66ers
Tulsa 66ers

Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield, California
California
2006–2016 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
, Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
, Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
, Los Angeles Lakers , Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
, Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
, Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
, Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Became the Northern Arizona Suns

(North) Charleston Lowgators Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina
2001–2004 None Became the Florida Flame

Colorado 14ers
Colorado 14ers
Broomfield, Colorado
Broomfield, Colorado
2006–2009 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
, New Jersey Nets , Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Became the Texas Legends
Texas Legends

Columbus Riverdragons
Columbus Riverdragons
Columbus, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
2001–2005 None Became the Austin Toros
Austin Toros

Dakota Wizards Bismarck, North Dakota
Bismarck, North Dakota
2006–2012 Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
, Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
, Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
, Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
Became the Santa Cruz Warriors
Santa Cruz Warriors

Erie BayHawks Erie, Pennsylvania
Erie, Pennsylvania
2008–2017 Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
, Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
Became the Lakeland Magic
Lakeland Magic

Fayetteville Patriots
Fayetteville Patriots
Fayetteville, North Carolina
North Carolina
2001–2006 Charlotte Bobcats , Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
Folded by league

Florida Flame Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
2004–2006 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
, Miami Heat
Miami Heat
, Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
, Orlando Magic Folded by owners

Fort Worth Flyers
Fort Worth Flyers
Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
2005–2007 Charlotte Bobcats , Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
, Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
, Los Angeles Lakers , Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
Suspended by owners

Greenville Groove
Greenville Groove
Greenville, South Carolina
South Carolina
2001–2003 None Folded by league

Huntsville Flight Huntsville, Alabama
Alabama
2001–2005 None Became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Albuquerque Thunderbirds

Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede
Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
2006–2016 Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
, Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
, Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
, Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Became the Salt Lake City Stars
Salt Lake City Stars

Mobile Revelers
Mobile Revelers
Mobile, Alabama
Alabama
2001–2003 None Folded by league

Roanoke Dazzle
Roanoke Dazzle
Roanoke, Virginia
Virginia
2001–2006 New Jersey Nets , Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
, Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
Folded by league

Springfield Armor Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
2009–2014 New Jersey/ Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
, Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Became the Grand Rapids Drive
Grand Rapids Drive

Tulsa 66ers
Tulsa 66ers
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2005–2014 Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Thunder , Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
, New York Knicks
New York Knicks
Became the Oklahoma City Blue
Oklahoma City Blue

Utah Flash Orem, Utah
Orem, Utah
2007–2011 Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
, Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
, Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
Became the Delaware 87ers

TEAM TIMELINE

Current teams in tan Former teams or former names in blue Announced future teams in green

PLAYER ALLOCATIONS

With the exception of players under two-way contracts (explained below), players for NBA G League
NBA G League
teams do not sign contracts with the individual teams, but with the league itself. G League team rosters consist of a total of 12 players, 10 (or fewer) being G League players and two (or more) NBA players. The rosters are made up in a number of ways: the previous years' players, players taken in the G League draft, allocation players (meaning players who are assigned to a team with which they have a local connection, such as a University of Texas player being assigned to the Austin Spurs
Austin Spurs
), NBA team assignments, and local tryouts.

Each NBA team can assign two first-year or second-year players to its affiliated G League team. If more than two NBA players are assigned to a team, the team must reduce the number of G League players to keep the total roster size to 12. An NBA player will continue to be paid his NBA salary and will continue to be included on his NBA team's roster on the inactive list while playing in the G League. Each team also has local tryouts, and one player from the tryouts is assigned to the team.

The minimum age to play in the G League is 18, unlike the NBA which requires players to be 19 years old and one year out of high school in order to sign an NBA contract or be eligible for the draft. The tallest player ever to be assigned was Hasheem Thabeet at 7'3", the second player selected in the 2009 NBA draft
2009 NBA draft
. The tallest player to ever play in the G League was England's Paul Sturgess at 7'8", who played with the Texas Legends
Texas Legends
during the 2013–14 season.

NBA teams can call up players as many times as they choose, and there is no limit to the number of times an NBA player with three years or less experience can be assigned to the G League. Starting in 2011–12, veteran NBA players could be assigned with their consent. The first example of such was with Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian
, who the Dallas Mavericks assigned to the Texas Legends
Texas Legends
for two games.

The 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NBA, which took effect with the 2017–18 season, includes changes to G League allocation rules. While most G League players continue to be under contract to the league, each NBA team is allowed to sign two players to two-way contracts with the players still primarily being a part of a team's G League roster, but can freely move to their respective NBA team for up to 45 days in the regular season, as well as be a part of the team's roster before the start of the season (including NBA training camps) and after the conclusion of the G League's regular season (though they are not allowed to be on a team's playoff roster or play in a playoff game). Unlike other G League players, who can be called up by any NBA team, two-way players can only be called up by their contracted NBA team. Players under two-way contracts are not counted against the NBA team's regular roster limit, and can be assigned to a G League affiliate for development while also getting a larger salary whenever they are called up to the parent team. For teams that do not have a one-to-one affiliation with a G League team, a process similar to the "flexible assignment" rule is being used to determine the placement for their own two-way contracts in the G League until every team has their proper affiliation underway. In addition, salaries for two-way players are much higher than those for regular G League players. As of the 2017–18 season, G League players who are not on two-way contracts earn either $19,500 or $26,000 during the league's season. By contrast, two-way players' salaries while in the G League, which are pro-rated according to the number of days the player is with his G League team, are based on an annual salary between $50,000 and $75,000, and while these players are with their NBA team, they will earn a pro-rated portion of the NBA minimum rookie salary (which will be $815,615 in the 2017–18 season).

DRAFT

See also: List of first overall NBA Development League draft picks

The NBA G League
NBA G League
Draft occurs each season and is the major source from which teams build their rosters. Team rosters are made up of returning players (players who were on the team during the previous season), allocated players (players who have local significance), and drafted players. The 8 round draft utilizes a "serpentine" format, meaning the order alternates in each round; Team A who selected first in Round 1 will select last in Round 2, while Team B who selected last in Round 1 will get the first pick in Round 2. Round 3 was added in 2014,

The league holds an annual Player Invitational, where prospects hope to earn eligibility for the upcoming draft.

SUCCESSFUL NBA CALL-UPS

Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Bobby Simmons and Aaron Brooks are the only former D-League players to win an NBA end-of-season award; both won the Most Improved Player Award with Simmons getting it with the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
in 2004–05 and Brooks earning it with the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in 2009–10 .

In the 2008 NBA draft
2008 NBA draft
, the Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede
's Mike Taylor was drafted 55th by the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
. He became the first player from the NBA D-League to be drafted by an NBA team. He was subsequently traded and signed a rookie contract with the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
. In the 2014 draft , two D-League players were selected for the first time: P. J. Hairston was drafted 26th (which was also the first time a D–League player was drafted in the first round in the NBA) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo was the 51st pick.

Other noteworthy D-League call-ups include Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin
, Hassan Whiteside , 2011 NBA champion J. J. Barea
J. J. Barea
, 2014 NBA champion Danny Green , 2015 and 2017 NBA champion Shaun Livingston
Shaun Livingston
, and 2017 NBA champion Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes
.

ANNUAL EVENTS

ALL-STAR GAME

Main article: NBA Development League All-Star Game
NBA Development League All-Star Game

The league held its first All-Star game February 17, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
in Las Vegas
Las Vegas
, Nevada
Nevada
. It was part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. As with the NBA's showcase game, a fan vote determined the starting lineup for each team. The East won, 114 to 100, with Pops Mensah-Bonsu named the game's MVP.

The second annual All-Star game was held on February 16, 2008, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
in New Orleans
New Orleans
. The Blue team beat the Red team, 117–99, and Jeremy Richardson was named the MVP. In addition to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, the league debuted its first Dream Factory Friday Night events, which modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events. The events consists of Three-Point Shootout (won by Adam Harrington ), Slam Dunk Contest (won by Brent Petway ) and game of H-O-R-S-E (won by Lance Allred
Lance Allred
).

The 2009 D-League All-Star game was held on February 14, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix Convention Center
in Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
. The Red Team defeated the Blue Team, 113–103, and Blake Ahearn and Courtney Sims were named co-MVPs. Along with the All-Star game, the NBA D-League ran their second annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. H-O-R-S-E, which debuted last year, was won by Will Conroy of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds . The Three-Point Shootout was won by Blake Ahearn of the Dakota Wizards , and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by James White of the Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam
.

The 2010 D-League All-Star game was held on February 13, 2010, at the Dallas Convention Center
Dallas Convention Center
in Dallas
Dallas
. The Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference Team, 98–81. Bakersfield Jam
Bakersfield Jam
center Brian Butch , who scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, was named as the MVP of the game. The NBA D-League also ran their third annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. The inaugural Shooting Stars Competition was won by a team of Pat Carroll , Trey Gilder and Carlos Powell . The Three-Point Shootout was won by Andre Ingram of the Utah Flash , and the Slam Dunk Contest was won by Dar Tucker of the Los Angeles D-Fenders .

NBA G LEAGUE SHOWCASE

The league stages an annual NBA G League
NBA G League
Showcase in which all of the league's teams play each other in a "carnival" format. The showcase was first played in 2005 was originally intended solely as a scouting event for NBA general managers and scouts, but has evolved into a fan-friendly four-day event in which each team plays two games apiece. Since the inception of the event in 2005, there have been 15 players called-up or recalled during or immediately following the Showcase. The showcase has been hosted in Columbus, Georgia
Columbus, Georgia
(2005), Fayetteville, North Carolina
North Carolina
(2006), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
(2007), Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
(2008), Orem, Utah
Orem, Utah
(2009), Boise, Idaho
Boise, Idaho
(2010), South Padre Island, Texas (2011), Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada
in 2012 and 2013, Santa Cruz, California
California
in 2015, and Mississauga, Ontario
Mississauga, Ontario
in 2017.

HONORS

LIST OF CHAMPIONS

Main article: List of NBA G League champions

YEAR CHAMPION

2002 Greenville Groove
Greenville Groove

2003 Mobile Revelers
Mobile Revelers

2004 Asheville Altitude
Asheville Altitude

2005 Asheville Altitude
Asheville Altitude

2006 Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Albuquerque Thunderbirds

2007 Dakota Wizards

2008 Idaho Stampede
Idaho Stampede

2009 Colorado 14ers
Colorado 14ers

2010 Rio Grande Valley Vipers

2011 Iowa Energy
Iowa Energy

2012 Austin Toros
Austin Toros

2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers

2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Fort Wayne Mad Ants

2015 Santa Cruz Warriors
Santa Cruz Warriors

2016 Sioux Falls Skyforce
Sioux Falls Skyforce

2017 Raptors 905
Raptors 905

AWARDS

Main article: List of NBA G League awards

* Most Valuable Player * Finals MVP * All-Star Game MVP * Defensive Player of the Year * Impact Player of the Year * Most Improved Player * Rookie of the Year * Coach of the Year * Sportsmanship Award * Team Executive of the Year * Basketball
Basketball
Executive of the Year * All-D-League Team * All-Defensive Team * All-Rookie Team * Development Champion

SEE ALSO

* List of developmental and minor sports leagues * List of NBA Development League yearly standings * List of NBA G League champions

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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website * D-League – Basketball-Reference.com * DraftExpress.com D-League Blog * NBA D-League on