NBA G League is not only a minor league or NBA D-League, but it’s also an NBA development organization that main works to make players, coaches, trainers, research, make trainers, officials, and more.
The organization was initially called the National Basketball Development between the years of 2001 to 2005 and was changed to the National Development league in 2005 till 2017. After 2017, it adopted the current name because of the sponsorship from Gatorade hence the `g’ in the name. The original organizations had 8 associations playing in the league from 2001 to 2005. The number of teams in the league grew to 15 in the National Basketball League era. Today there are 28 teams in the league.
There are 28 teams for the 2021-22 season in the NBA G League.
History of the G- league
When explaining the history of the league it is simpler to tackle it according to the 3 eras
1. National Basketball Development League (2001-2005)
This was the time that only 8 teams were allowed to play in the league. All the teams were based in the southeastern part of the United States of America.
2. National Development League (2005-2017)
This emerged after the shortcomings of the previous league. The only teams were from southeastern America. The new league wanted to end this. The number of teams increased to 15. The league sorts out to expand throughout the country not only the southeastern part.
3. Renamed NBA G-League (2017- present)
They changed their name after they signed a partnership with Gatorade which is a well-renowned beverage company. It was officially named the minor team to the NBA. Players from the G-league can be drafted to play in the majors. Currently, the total number of teams in the G-league is 28.
When was the NBA G League founded?
NBA G League is starting from the 2001-02 season and the 2020-21 season is its 20th consecutive season as an NBA G League. But the 2021-22 season had not been completed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Team ownership and NBA Affiliations
Team ownership comes in two ways. The first way you can own a G-league is through direct possession where an NBA club-major league can directly own it. The second is by a single affiliate where there is a partnership. This partnership makes the G league-owned but independent. The parent club, however, is in charge of the finances and any other basketball dealings. The teams can also be owned by TV networks such as ESPN, NBA TV Canada, Twitch, Facebook Live, and Eleven Sports. During the first years of these developments, the expansion of teams was quite slow because single affiliate ownership was not as popular as it is these days. The expansion, however, has grown over the years because people have appreciated the route of single affiliation practices. Some of the parent club owners are the Los Angeles Clippers own the Agua Caliente Clippers, the Boston Celtics own the Maine Red Claws. Single affiliation teams are like the Grand Rapids Drive that owns the Detroit Pistons.
Player allocation is the process in which the players are assigned. A g-league team roster comprises of 12 players. Of which 10 or less are players from the g-league organizations and the remaining 2 or more from the NBA. There are various ways that determine how these rosters are made. The first one being the preceding years’ players. The second process is by adding players acquired from the g-league’s drafting. Thirdly, players are allocated to teams based on their local relationships or connection.
Draft and rule
Drafting is a seasonal affair. In addition, drafting is the key source when building or making a team’s roster. For players to be drafted in the g-league, you must be 18 years of age which is contrary to the NBA where a player is required to be 19 years. Drafting comprises 4 rounds where the first team to select will be the last to choose in the second round and vice versa. After a signed agreement in 2014, NBA teams that refused to pick players from the already picked draft have the chance to pick ones that are in their affiliate g-league clubs.
Minimum 18 years old are allowed for the G League Draft.
Each parent NBA team can appoint two 1st year or 2nd-year players. These players must have or be under a standard NBA contract to its associated G league association. If there are more than 2 NBA players in a G League team, the number of G League players is reduced to keep the roster at 12.
NBA G League All-star game
This is an annual special basketball game that is held by the G League. The game held in a special jam session court and features popular games like the slam dunk and the 3 pointers shoot-out. Twenty of the best players in the league are chosen through fan balloting or chosen by head coaches on their official websites. The games are played in 4 rounds. The first two games being in 4 quarters of 12 minutes and the remaining two of 2 20 minute games.
Yes, the NBA g league has a wild-card round, single-elimination rounds, and one-on-one format NBA G League Finals.
NBA G league international challenge
This is an international event. The main essence of the game is to give the best from G league teams a chance to compete with teams from all-stars of different leagues and teams from around the world. The competition was founded in 2018. 6 teams compete in the event. The current champions are the German team while the team with the most wins is the American team and the German team both with 1 win each. The rules of this championship, however, differ from the NBA rules. They play using the FIBA rules.