Raptors 905 to host NBA G League Showcase 2018

NEW YORK – Raptors 905, the NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, will host the NBA G League Showcase for the second consecutive season, it was announced today.  The four-day, 26-game event will run from Jan. 10-13, 2018, and feature the league’s 26 teams playing two regular-season games each in Mississauga, Ontario.

The NBA G League Showcase will have as many as seven games per day across two courts at the Hershey Centre and adjoining SportZone complex.

“We’re thrilled to work in partnership with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment and Raptors 905 to bring the NBA G League Showcase back to Mississauga,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.  “Last year’s event proved to be successful on and off the court, and I’m looking forward to another week of great basketball and community events in the Greater Toronto Area.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome the NBA G League back to Mississauga as the host team for NBA G League Showcase 2018,” said Raptors General Manager Bobby Webster.  “The Showcase is the premier event for the G League and we look forward to working with the league to host all 26 teams this season.”

NBA G League Showcase 2018, the league’s primary in-season scouting event, is expected to draw personnel from all 30 NBA teams.  During or immediately following the last 13 Showcases, more than 50 players earned Call-Ups to the NBA, including the Dallas Mavericks’ Yogi Ferrell, who signed with Dallas from the NBA G League’s Long Island Nets within a week of last season’s event.  Ferrell, who averaged 22.0 points, 7.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 37.0 minutes at the Showcase in 2017, went on to earn NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors.

In addition to the full slate of games, NBA G League Showcase 2018 will feature several off-the-court events, including a women-in-sports panel, a coach’s clinic and a chalk talk with referees.  Additionally, the Jr. NBA will return to Mississauga to host clinics for local children, while the NBA G League’s School Day initiative will welcome students from around the region.

Tickets to NBA G League Showcase 2018 will be sold in a variety of ways, from individual day passes to full event packages.  There are also group sales opportunities for select games.  For information on tickets, please e-mail tickets@raptors905.com.  Information on volunteer opportunities and ancillary events is available by email at info@raptors.com.

The full game and broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.

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 26 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2017-18 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  An all-time-high 44 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2016-17 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.  NBA G League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks and NBA TV.