NBA G League embarks on 19th season with record 28 teams

NEW YORK – The NBA G League tips off its 19th season today with eight games.  Below are some highlights and numbers pertaining to the 2019-20 NBA G League season.

Players and Teams

  • 28 – A record 28 teams will compete this year, more than triple the number that played during the inaugural season in 2001-02 (eight).
  • 4040 NBA players have already been assigned to the NBA G League this season.
  • 3 – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have won three NBA G League championships (2010, 2013, 2019), the most by any team in league history.
  • 1 – The College Park Skyhawks, owned and operated by the Atlanta Hawks, will play its first NBA G League season in 2019-20.

NBA G League Alumni in the NBA

  • 208 – A record 208 players with NBA G League experience were on 2019-20 NBA opening-night rosters.
  • 42 – A record 42% of players (208 of 496) on start-of-season NBA rosters, including those under NBA two-way contracts, have NBA G League experience. The previous record was 40% in 2018-19 (198 of 494).
  • 18 Eighteen NBA teams had at least seven NBA G League veterans on their opening-night rosters.
  • 10 – The LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors led the NBA with 10 NBA G League players on their opening-night rosters.
  • 4 – Four NBA teams feature head coaches with NBA G League coaching experience: the Memphis Grizzlies (Taylor Jenkins), Sacramento Kings (Luke Walton), Toronto (Nick Nurse) and the Utah Jazz (Quin Snyder).

Around the League

  • 6 Million –The NBA G League last season surpassed 1.6 million in total attendance for the second straight year.  This marked the 10th straight year that total attendance exceeded 1 million fans.
  • 41 – ESPNU and NBA TV combined to present 41 games for the second straight season, including regular-season, playoffs and Finals action.
  • 50 – Each NBA G League team will play a 50-game schedule that concludes in March 2019.
  • 16 – The 16th MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase will be played in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22. The league’s premier in-season scouting event, featuring 28 regular-season games, will introduce a tournament format and a $100,000 prize for players on the winning team.
  • 0 – Teams will average a record-low 6.0 back-to-backs this season, a 9.1% reduction from 6.6 per team last season.

Officiating

  • 80 – 56 of the 70 NBA referees (80%) this season have worked in the NBA G League, including four from the 2018-19 season, who were hired full-time to the NBA this season.
  • 40 – 25 of the 63 NBA G League officials (40%) are women.
  • 4 Four of the 63 NBA G League officials are from outside of the United States (Mexico: 2, Canada: 2).