NEW YORK – The NBA G League today recognized the Wisconsin Herd and Salt Lake City Stars for finishing the 2019-20 season with the best records in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, respectively.
In honor of their achievement, the NBA G League will donate $10,000 to a community organization of each team’s choosing. Wisconsin has selected the National Urban League and Salt Lake City has selected Represent Justice to receive the donation.
“The Wisconsin Herd and Salt Lake City Stars are exceptional organizations and well deserving of this recognition,” said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “Both teams played with purpose throughout the season to earn their spots at the top of the NBA G League.”
The Herd finished with the NBA G League’s best record at 33-10 under head coach Chase Buford. Wisconsin, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, led the league in net rating and ranked third in defensive rating. The Herd produced one GATORADE Call-Up – Rayjon Tucker to the Utah Jazz.
Led by head coach Martin Schiller, the Stars finished with a 30-12 record. Salt Lake City, the NBA G League affiliate of the Jazz, won the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Salt Lake City produced two GATORADE Call-Ups – Juwan Morgan to the Jazz and William Howard to the Houston Rockets.
The NBA G League canceled the remainder of its 2019-20 season on June 4. The regular season was suspended on March 12 and had been scheduled to conclude on March 28.
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. A record 42 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2019-20 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.