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NBA G League
Men's basketball minor league, official minor league of the National Basketball Association
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The NBA G League, or simply the G League, is the National Basketball Association's (NBA) official minor leaguebasketball 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 leaguefarm system, with each When does usps open today 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 2020–21 season, the league consists of 30 teams, 28 of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team, along with the NBA G League Ignite exhibition team.
In the 2017–18 season, Gatorade became the title sponsor of the D-League, and it was renamed the NBA G League.
National Basketball Development League (2001–2005)
The league began its play as the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) in the 2001–02 season; the original eight franchises were all located in the southeastern United States (specifically in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, 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 led by David Kahn was granted permission by the league to operate four new teams. Southwest Basketball then purchased three existing franchises and one expansion team: the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Austin Toros, Fort Worth Flyers and the 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 for the first time with the addition of the 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, and a team originally slated for CBA expansion, the Colorado 14ers. Shortly after, the league announced expansion teams in the 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.
However, the westward expansion contributed to the contraction of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzle and 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.
After the 2006 to 2009 expansions, the league membership was fairly consistent with only a few relocations and suspensions. In 2009, the 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, was purchased by the 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, in the Greater Toronto Area in 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 created the Greensboro Swarm, the Brooklyn Nets created the Long Island Nets, and the Chicago Bulls created the Windy City Bulls.
NBA G League (2017–present)
In the 2017–18 season, the D-League entered into a multi-year partnership with Gatorade and announced it would be rebranded as the NBA Gatorade League, which was officially shortened to "NBA G League" prior to the season. It also continued its membership changes with the relocation of the Erie BayHawks to Lakeland, Florida, as the Lakeland Magic, a new Erie BayHawks franchise; and expansions in the Agua Caliente Clippers in Ontario, California; the Memphis Hustle in Southaven, Mississippi; and the Wisconsin Herd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Los Angeles D-Fenders would also re-brand to the South Bay Lakers.
In December 2017, the NBA and the live streaming website Twitch announced that they would broadcast G League games on Twitch. Games have also been aired on the ESPN Plus subscription service.
For the 2019–20 season, the G League will begin to offer select contracts to players that are not yet eligible to enter the NBA Draft. Since 2006, players that are not at least nineteen years old by the end of the calendar year have been ineligible, creating what became known as the "one-and-done" rule where players joined a college basketball team for one season and would then leave for the NBA. The new select contract is to be an alternative for players who do not want to or cannot attend a college, worth up to $125,000 for a season. The league launched its prospects team, the NBA G League Ignite, in 2020.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic-curtailed 2019–20 season, the G League postponed the start of the following season. In January 2021, the league announced it would play all games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, using the same isolation bubble as the 2020 NBA Bubble. Many teams opted out of participation, with 17 of the 28 teams from the 2019–20 season plus the new Ignite prospects team choosing to take part in the abbreviated bubble season beginning in February 2021.
For the 2021–22 season, the 30 teams are split into four regional pods for the Showcase Cup. Following the Showcase, the 28 teams participating teams in the regular season are split into two conferences. The Capitanes de Ciudad de México and NBA G League Ignite will only play an exhibition schedule during the regular season.
|Conference||Pod||Team||City||Arena||Capacity||Founded||Joined||Head coach||NBA affiliate|
|Eastern||Central||Cleveland Charge||Cleveland, Ohio||Wolstein Center||8,500[a]||2001[b]||Dan Geriot||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Fort Wayne Mad Ants||Fort Wayne, Indiana||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum||13,000||2007||Tom Hankins||Indiana Pacers|
|Grand Rapids Gold||Walker, Michigan||DeltaPlex Arena||4,500||2006[c]||Jason Terry||Denver Nuggets|
|Motor City Cruise||Detroit, Michigan||Wayne State Fieldhouse||3,000||2003[d]||2006||DJ Bakker||Detroit Pistons|
|Windy City Bulls||Hoffman Estates, Illinois||Now Arena||10,000||2016||Henry Domercant||Chicago Bulls|
|Wisconsin Herd||Oshkosh, Wisconsin||Oshkosh Arena||3,500||2017||Chaisson Allen||Milwaukee Bucks|
|East||Capital City Go-Go||Washington, D.C.||Entertainment and Sports Arena||4,200||2018||Mike Williams||Washington Wizards|
|College Park Skyhawks[e]||College Park, Georgia||Gateway Center Arena||3,500||2017[e]||Steve Gansey||Atlanta Hawks|
|Delaware Blue Coats||Wilmington, Delaware||Chase Fieldhouse||2,500||2007[f]||Connor Johnson||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Long Island Nets||Uniondale, New York||Nassau Coliseum||13,500||2016||Adam Caporn||Brooklyn Nets|
|Maine Celtics||Portland, Maine||Portland Exposition Building||3,100||2009||Jarell Christian||Boston Celtics|
|Raptors 905||Mississauga, Ontario||Paramount Fine Foods Centre||5,000||2015||Patrick Mutombo||Toronto Raptors|
|Westchester Knicks||White Plains, New York|
|Westchester County Center|
Webster Bank Arena[g]
|2014||Derrick Alston||New York Knicks|
|South||Greensboro Swarm||Greensboro, North Carolina||Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse||2,500||2016||Jordan Surenkamp||Charlotte Hornets|
|Lakeland Magic[e]||Lakeland, Florida||RP Funding Center||8,178||2008||Joe Barrer||Orlando Magic|
|Western||Central||Iowa Wolves||Des Moines, Iowa||Wells Fargo Arena||16,110||2007||Jeff Newton||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Sioux Falls Skyforce||Sioux Falls, South Dakota||Sanford Pentagon||3,250||1989[h]||2006||Kasib Powell||Miami Heat|
|South||Austin Spurs||Cedar Park, Texas||H-E-B Center at Cedar Park||7,200||2001[i]||Petar Božić||San Antonio Spurs|
|Birmingham Squadron||Birmingham, Alabama||Legacy Arena||17,654||2019[j]||Ryan Pannone||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Memphis Hustle||Southaven, Mississippi||Landers Center||8,362||2017||Jason March||Memphis Grizzlies|
|Rio Grande Valley Vipers||Edinburg, Texas||Bert Ogden Arena||9,000||2007||Mahmoud Abdelfattah||Houston Rockets|
|Texas Legends||Frisco, Texas||Comerica Center||4,500||2006[k]||George Galanopoulos||Dallas Mavericks|
|West||Agua Caliente Clippers||Ontario, California||Toyota Arena||10,832||2017||Paul Hewitt||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Oklahoma City Blue||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Paycom Center||18,203||2001[l]||Grant Gibbs||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Salt Lake City Stars||Taylorsville, Utah||Lifetime Activities Center||5,000||1997[m]||2006||Nathan Peavy||Utah Jazz|
|Santa Cruz Warriors||Santa Cruz, California||Kaiser Permanente Arena||2,505||1995[n]||2006||Seth Cooper||Golden State Warriors|
|South Bay Lakers||El Segundo, California||UCLA Health Training Center||750||2006[o]||Miles Simon||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Stockton Kings||Stockton, California||Stockton Arena||11,193||2008[p]||Bobby Jackson||Sacramento Kings|
|Exhibition||South||Capitanes de Ciudad de México||Mexico City, Mexico||Gimnasio Juan de la Barrera||5,242||2017||2021||Ramón Díaz Sánchez||None|
|West||NBA G League Ignite||Walnut Creek, California||obx netflix cast team||2020||Jason Hart||None|
- ^The Wolstein Center has a full basketball capacity of 13,610 seats
- ^As the Huntsville Flight.
- ^As the Anaheim Arsenal.
- ^As the Long Beach Jam in the American Basketball Association. Joined the D-League as the Bakersfield Jam in 2006.
- ^ abcThe original Erie BayHawks, at the time an affiliate of the Orlando Magic, were fully purchased and moved to Lakeland as the Lakeland Magic starting with the 2017 season. However, the Atlanta Hawks began operating their new development franchise in Erie, before moving it to College Park, Georgia, when their new arena at Georgia International Convention Center was completed. A third franchise began using the BayHawks' name with a new franchise owned by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019.
- ^As the Utah Flash.
- ^ abTemporary home location due to arena closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- ^Played in the Continental Basketball Association and the International Basketball League (1999–2001) before joining the NBA D-League in 2006.
- ^As the Columbus Riverdragons.
- ^The New Orleans Pelicans purchased an expansion team that began play as the Erie BayHawks in the 2019–20 season with intentions of moving to Birmingham, Alabama, for the 2021–22 season
- ^As the Colorado 14ers.
- ^As the Asheville Altitude.
- ^Played as the Idaho Stampede in the Continental Basketball Association before joining the NBA D-League in 2006.
- ^As the Dakota Wizards; Played in the International Basketball Association and the Continental 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.
- ^As the Reno Bighorns.
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 and since 2017–18 as the South Bay Lakers. This was followed by the San Antonio Spurs purchasing the Austin Toros (now the Austin Spurs) in 2007, and the Oklahoma City Thunder purchasing the Tulsa 66ers (now the Oklahoma City Blue) 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 purchased the New Mexico Thunderbirds to become the Canton Charge and the Golden State Warriors purchased the Dakota Wizards, with the Warriors moving the Wizards a year later to become the Santa Cruz Warriors. In 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers purchased the inactive Utah Flash and moved them to Newark, Delaware as the Delaware 87ers (now the Delaware Blue Coats, and playing in that state's largest city of Wilmington). In 2014, the 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 created their own expansion franchise, the Raptors 905. In 2017, the Timberwolves purchased the Iowa Energy and renamed the team the Iowa Wolves.
In 2009, the 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 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. The following month, the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws announced a single-affiliation partnership. In June 2013, the Miami Heat announced that they had entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In July 2013, the Sacramento Kings and Reno Bighorns (now the Stockton Kings) 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. The Armor moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, after the 2013–14 season and affiliated with the Detroit Pistons. From 2014 to 2017, the 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 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. On April 11, 2016, the 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. In 2021, the team relocated to Detroit after being purchased by the Pistons, becoming the Motor City Cruise. On October 20, 2016, the Sacramento Kings bought the majority ownership of their affiliate of the previous eight seasons, the Reno Bighorns, and would eventually move the team to Stockton, California as the Stockton Kings after the 2017–18 G League season. On December 14, 2016, the Magic purchased their affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, with the intention to relocate the team to 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. In July 2019, the Boston Celtics acquired its affiliate, Maine Red Claws.
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Single affiliation/hybrid model:
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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 October 24, 2018, the Pelicans announced select basketball leagues north texas to place their G League team in Birmingham, Alabama, to play in Legacy Arena located in the Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex by 2021 or 2022. As the arena needed to be renovated, the Pelicans' affiliate began play the 2019–20 season as the Erie BayHawks after the Atlanta Hawks' affiliate moved to College Park. The team was confirmed to relocate for the 2021–22 season and the BayHawks ceased operations following the 2020–21 season when it could not obtain a fourth franchise and NBA partner.
On December 7, 2017, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that he was looking into having a G League expansion team in Mexico City potentially as early as 2018. In September 2019, Raúl Zárraga of NBA Mexico stated that the league is working on adding a team in Mexico for the 2020–21 season. On December 12, 2019, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that current Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Select basketball leagues north texas team, Capitanes de Ciudad de México will be joining the G League in the 2020–21 season on a five-year agreement. During the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, a normal 2020–21 season did not occur and the Capitanes were not mentioned as members for the G League's 2021 season. They announced they still plan on joining in 2021–22. It would be the NBA's first official team in Mexico after testing the market with exhibition and regular season games in the city.
On July 29, 2020, the Detroit Pistons announced that they had purchased the Northern Arizona Suns from the Phoenix Suns and will move the team to Detroit to play in the new Wayne State Arena for the 2021–22 season as the Motor City Cruise.
Expansion candidate locations
On October 12, 2015, it was announced that Omaha 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 and 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 team could be CHI Health Center Omaha (known as CenturyLink Center Omaha in 2015), Ralston Arena, or Baxter Arena. There have been no further developments since 2015 for a team in Omaha.
Defunct / relocated teams
|Team||City||Year(s)||Former NBA affiliates||Notes|
|Albuquerque / New Mexico Thunderbirds||Albuquerque, New Mexico||2005–2011||Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Utah Jazz||Became the Canton Charge|
|Anaheim Arsenal||Anaheim, California||2006–2009||Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers||Became the Springfield Armor|
|Arkansas RimRockers||North Little Rock, Arkansas||2004–2007||Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors||Suspended by owners|
|Asheville Altitude||Asheville, North Carolina||2001–2005||None||Became the Tulsa 66ers|
|Bakersfield Jam||Bakersfield, California||2006–2016||Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz||Became the Northern Arizona Suns|
|Canton Charge||Canton, Ohio||2011–2021||Cleveland Cavaliers||Became the Cleveland Charge|
|(North) Charleston Lowgators||Charleston, South Carolina||2001–2004||None||Became the Florida Flame|
|Colorado 14ers||Broomfield, Colorado||2006–2009||Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors||Became the Texas Legends|
|Columbus Riverdragons||Columbus, Georgia||2001–2005||None||Became the Austin Toros|
|Dakota Wizards||Bismarck, North Dakota||2006–2012||Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards||Became the Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||2008–2017||Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors||Became the Lakeland Magic|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||2017–2019||Atlanta Hawks||Became the College Park Skyhawks|
|Erie BayHawks||Erie, Pennsylvania||2019–2021||New Orleans Pelicans||Became the Birmingham Squadron|
|Fayetteville Patriots||Fayetteville, North Carolina||2001–2006||Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks||Folded by league|
|Florida Flame||Fort Myers, Florida||2004–2006||Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic||Folded by owners|
|Fort Worth Flyers||Fort Worth, Texas||2005–2007||Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers||Suspended by owners|
|Greenville Groove||Greenville, South Carolina||2001–2003||None||Folded by league|
|Huntsville Flight||Huntsville, Alabama||2001–2005||None||Became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds|
|Idaho Stampede||Boise, Idaho||2006–2016||Denver Nuggets, Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle SuperSonics, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz||Became the Salt Lake City Stars|
|Mobile Revelers||Mobile, Alabama||2001–2003||None||Folded by league|
|Northern Arizona Suns||Prescott Valley, Arizona||2016–2021||Phoenix Suns||Became the Cuna mutual benefits for you City Cruise|
|Reno Bighorns||Reno, Nevada||2008–2018||Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz||Became the Stockton Kings|
|Roanoke Dazzle||Roanoke, Virginia||2001–2006||New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards||Folded by league|
|Springfield Armor||Springfield, Massachusetts||2009–2014||New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers||Became the Grand Rapids Drive|
|Tulsa 66ers||Tulsa, Oklahoma||2005–2014||Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Seattle SuperSonics||Became the Oklahoma City Blue|
|Utah Flash||Orem, Utah||2007–2011||Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz||Became the Delaware 87ers|
Current teams in tan
Former teams or former names in blue
Announced future teams in green
NBA G League players generally 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) and NBA team assignments. 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 base annual salary is US$35,000 plus housing and insurance benefits. Players who are called up for NBA get bonuses totalling up to US$50,000.
The tallest player ever to be assigned was Hasheem Thabeet at 7'3", the second player selected in the 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 during the 2013–14 season.
See also: List of first overall NBA G League draft picks
The 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), players waived by an NBA team who are designated as an affiliate player to their respective G League affiliate, 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.
Draft rights player rule
Since 2014–15, an NBA team that declines to sign an NBA draft pick can have them sign directly with their G League affiliate. Previously, an unsigned NBA pick could not be protected by the organization's G League affiliate, and the player might have ended up on the G League team of another organization.
Players waived by an NBA team during training camp and up until the start of the regular season can be designated as affiliate players and allocated to the NBA team's G League affiliate. Each team is allowed four affiliate players. These are players that an NBA team is interested in developing in their own system. The affiliate players, however, still remain as free agents that any NBA team can sign.
Each NBA team can assign two first-year or second-year players who are under a standard NBA contract 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.
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, who the Dallas Mavericks assigned to the Texas Legends for two games.
The 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement for the NBA, which took effect with the 2017–18 season, included changes allowing each NBA team to sign two players on two-way contracts. Those players spend most of their time on the 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). Only players with four or less years of NBA experience are eligible for two-way contracts.
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 was $815,615 in the 2017–18 season).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two-way players in 2020–21 were initially allowed to play up to 50 games in the NBA. Late in the season, restrictions were further lifted, allowing them to play more than 50 games as well as being eligible for the NBA playoffs.
Successful NBA call-ups
Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Bobby Simmons, Aaron Brooks, and Pascal Siakam are the only former D-League players to win an NBA end-of-season award; all won the Most Improved Player Award with Simmons getting it with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004–05, Brooks earning it with the Houston Rockets in 2009–10 and Siakam receiving it with the Toronto Raptors in the 2018-19 NBA season.Khris Middleton became the first former D-League player to be named an NBA All-Star when he was selected to participate in the 2019 All-Star Game.
In the 2008 NBA draft, the Idaho Stampede's Mike Taylor was drafted 55th by the 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. 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 2019 NBA Champion Jeremy Lin; Hassan Whiteside; 2011 NBA champion J. J. Barea; 2014, 2019 and 2020 NBA champion Danny Green; 2015, 2017 and 2018 NBA champion Shaun Livingston; and 2017 NBA champion Matt Barnes.
Main article: NBA Development League All-Star Game
The league held its first All-Star game February 17, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was amazon com code alexa 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 in 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).
The 2009 D-League All-Star game was held on February 14, 2009, at the Phoenix Convention Center in 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 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.
The 2010 D-League All-Star game was held on February 13, 2010, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. The Western Conference team defeated the Eastern Conference Team, 98–81. 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 Select basketball leagues north texas 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.
The game continued until 2017, with games continuing select basketball leagues north texas be held during NBA All-Star Weekend at the same site. In 2018, it was replaced by a game between G League all-stars and the Mexican national team held in Los Angeles. After that, this contest did not return in any form.
NBA G League Showcase
The league stages an annual 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 evolved into a four-day event in which each team plays two games apiece. From 2005 to 2017, 15 players were called-up or recalled during or immediately following the Showcase.
As of 2019, the event's location was the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Because of limited space at the conference center site, all games are played without spectators, although TV and Internet coverage is available for all games. The 2019 showcase was a series of mini-tournaments in which the winning team shared a $100,000 grand prize.
Before Las Vegas, host cities were Columbus, Georgia (2005), Fayetteville, North Carolina (2006), Sioux Falls, South Dakota (2007), Boise, Idaho (2008), Orem, Utah (2009), Boise, Idaho (2010), South Padre Island, Texas (2011), Reno, Nevada in 2012 and 2013, Santa Cruz, California in 2015, and Mississauga, Ontario in 2017 and 2018. It was not held in 2016.
NBA G League International Challenge
Main article: NBA G League International Challenge
List of champions
Main article: List of NBA G League champions
Main article: List of NBA G League awards
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What is March Madness: The NCAA tournament explained
March Madness is one of the biggest, most exciting and fun events in all of sports. Here’s everything you need to know about the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, which has been played since 1939.
What is March Madness?
The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship. The penultimate round is known as the Final Four, when (you guessed it) only four teams are left.
What (and when) is Selection Sunday?
Selection Sunday is the day when the Selection Committee reveals the full NCAA tournament bracket, including all teams and all seeds. In 2021, Selection Sunday is on March 14.
How will March Madness be different in 2021 because of the pandemic?
The NCAA will host the entire tournament in one geographic location for the first time ever.
The NCAA announced in early January the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship will be played in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. Selection Sunday is still scheduled for March 14, and plans remain to have the Final Four on April 3 and 5. The NCAA announced preliminary round dates on Jan. 19.
Games will be played on two courts inside Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Only one game at a time will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium. Teams will practice at the Indiana Convention Center with multiple courts set up inside the venue. All teams will be housed on dedicated hotel floors, with physically distanced meeting and dining rooms, as well as secure transportation to and from competition venues.
The bracket will be handled a little bit differently, too. The top four seeds will be handled the same and so will the First Four. The changes will come in how the rest of the bracket is completed. Teams will be placed in the bracket based on rankings without the usual considerations for geography. This is called using the "S-curve" to fill the bracket. There will be 37 at-large selections (one more than normal) and 31 automatic qualifiers (one fewer than normal).
You can read the entire release from the NCAA on its bracketing changes for 2021 here.
When is 2021’s March Madness?
Here is the full select basketball leagues north texas for 2021's NCAA tournament. It will stream on March Madness Live.
|2021 NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULTS||LOCATION|
|First Four — Thursday, March 18|
|(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary's 52||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita State 52||Mackey Arena|
|(16) Norfolk State 54, (16) Appalachian State 53||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80||Mackey Arena|
|First Round — Friday, March 19|
|(7) Florida 75, (10) Virginia Tech 70 (OT)||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(3) Arkansas 85, (14) Colgate 68||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(1) Illinois 78, (16) Drexel 49||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(6) Texas Tech 65, (11) Utah State 53||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72 (OT)||Mackey Arena|
|(1) Baylor 79, (16) Hartford 55||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (9) Georgia Tech 60||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56||Bankers Life Fiieldhouse|
|(4) Oklahoma State 69, (13) Liberty 60||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(9) Wisconsin 85, No. 8 Select basketball leagues north texas Carolina 62||Mackey Arena|
|(2) Houston 87, (15) Cleveland State 56||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69 (OT)||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)|
|(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(3) West Virginia 84, (14) Morehead State 67||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(5) Villanova 73, (12) Winthrop 63||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|First Round — Saturday, March 20|
|(5) Colorado 96, (12) Georgetown 73||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(4) Florida State 64, (13) UNC Greensboro 54||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(3) Kansas 93, (14) Eastern Washington 84||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(8) LSU 76, (9) St. Bonaventure 61||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(1) Michigan 82, (16) Texas Southern 66||Mackey Arena|
|(5) Creighton 63, (12) UC Santa Barbara 62||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(2) Alabama 68, (15) Iona 55||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(6) USC 72, (11) Drake 56||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(2) Iowa 86, (15) Grand Canyon 74||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(10) Maryland 63, (7) UConn 54||Mackey Arena|
|(13) Ohio 62, (4) Virginia 58||Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall|
|(8) Oklahoma 72, (9) Missouri 68||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)|
|(1) Gonzaga 98, (16) Norfolk State 55||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(11) UCLA 73, (6) BYU 62||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(14) Abilene Christian 53, (3) Texas 52||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(7) Oregon vs. (10) VCU — NO-CONTEST DUE TO COVID-19 PROTOCOLS||--|
|Second Round — Sunday, March 21|
|(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) Illinois 58||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(1) Baylor 76, (9) Wisconsin 63||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(3) Arkansas 68, (6) Texas Tech 66||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(2) Houston 63, (10) Rutgers 60||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(5) Villanova 84, (13) North Texas 61||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(12) Oregon State 80, (4) Oklahoma State 70||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|Second Round — Monday, March 22|
|(7) Oregon 95, (2) Iowa 80||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(1) Gonzaga 87, (8) Oklahoma 71||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(11) UCLA 67, (14) Abilene Christian 47||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(5) Creighton 72, (13) Ohio 58||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(1) Michigan 86, (8) LSU 78||Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)|
|(4) Florida State 71, (5) Colorado 53||Indiana Farmers Coliseum|
|(2) Alabama 96, (10) Maryland 77||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(6) USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|Sweet 16 — Saturday, March 27|
|(12) Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(1) Baylor 62, (5) Villanova 51||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(3) Arkansas 72, (15) Oral Roberts 70||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(2) Houston 62, (11) Syracuse 46||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|Sweet 16 — Sunday, March 28|
|(1) Gonzaga 83, (5) Creighton 65||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(1) Michigan 76, (4) Florida State 58||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78 (OT)||Hinkle Fieldhouse|
|(6) USC 82, (7) Oregon 68||Bankers Life Fieldhouse|
|Elite Eight — Monday, March 29|
|(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)|
|(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)|
|Elite Eight — Tuesday, March 30|
|(1) Gonzaga 85, (6) USC 66||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)|
|(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49||Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)|
Where can I get an NCAA bracket?
You can click or tap here to get a printable .PDF of the 2021 NCAA bracket. It will open in a new tab or window. You can also go here to see the official interactive bracket.
When did March Madness start?
The first NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament was in 1939 and was held every year until the 2019-20 season. The event was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
How has the tournament changed since 1939?
The inaugural tournament had just eight teams, and saw Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33 for the title:
In 1951, the field doubled to 16, and kept expanding over the next few decades until 1985, when the modern format of a 64-team tournament began. In 2001, after the Mountain West Conference joined Division I and received an automatic bid, pushing the total teams to 65, a single game was added prior to the first round. In 2011, three more teams were added, and with them, three more games to round out the First Four.
Here’s how the 2019 bracket looked (and here's a PDF):
Where did the term “March Madness” come from?
March Madness was first used to refer to basketball by an Illinois high school official, Henry V. Porter, in 1939, but the term didn’t find its way to the NCAA tournament until CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger (who used to be a sportswriter in Chicago) used it during coverage of the 1982 tournament. The term has been synonymous with the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament ever since.
How are the teams selected?
There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid, which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers. There are 31 of these in the 2021 season because the Ivy League did not conduct a winter season.
The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament. There are 37 of these in 2021.
What is select basketball leagues north texas March Madness selection committee?
The 10-member NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.
How do they decide which teams get an at-large bid?
There are a multitude of stats and rankings that the Selection Committee takes into account, but there is no set formula that determines whether a team receives an at-large bid or not.
What happens once the teams are selected?
Once the field of 68 is finalized, each team is assigned a seed and placed in one of four regions, which determines their first round matchups and their path to the championship.
What are seeds?
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is made up of 68 teams. On Selection Sunday, before any tournament game is played, those teams are ranked 1 through 68 by the Selection Committee, with the best team in college basketball — based on regular season and conference tournament performance — sitting at No. 1. Four of those teams are eliminated in the opening round of the tournament (known as the First Four), leaving us with a field of 64 for the first select basketball leagues north texas 64 teams are split into four regions of 16 teams each, with each team being ranked 1 through 16. That ranking is the team’s seed.
In order to reward better teams, first-round matchups are determined by pitting the top team in the region against the bottom team (No. 1 vs. No. 16). Then the next highest vs. the next lowest (No. 2 vs. No. 15), and so on. In theory, this means that the 1 seeds have the easiest opening matchup in the bracket.
How to watch March Madness:
Every March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live.
How can you participate in March Madness?
By filling out a bracket! The Bracket Challenge Game, the official bracket game of the NCAA, will open immediately after the committee announces the field on Selection Sunday. The brackets will lock before the first game of the first round begins, so get your picks in before then. How hard is filling out a bracket? Well no one has ever gotten a perfect bracket, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying.
Advice for filling out a March Madness bracket:
Need help making your picks? We’ve got you covered with BracketIQ. We have more than 100 stories to guide you as you fill out your bracket, covering everything from March Madness history and records, to lessons from past winners of our bracket game, to 7 common bracket-picking mistakes to avoid, to how to pick your bracket based on each team’s mascot.
Who has won every NCAA tournament?
In the 81 years since the tournament’s inception, 36 different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975.
Here is the list of every men’s basketball national championship since the NCAA tournament first started in 1939:
|2020||Season cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|2019||Virginia (35-3)||Tony Bennett||85-77 (OT)||Texas Tech||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|2018||Villanova (36-4)||Jay Wright||79-62||Michigan||San Antonio, Tex.|
|2017||North Carolina (33-7)||Roy Williams||71-65||Gonzaga||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|2016||Villanova (35-5)||Jay Wright||77-74||North Carolina||Houston, Texas|
|2015||Duke (35-4)||Mike Krzyzewski||68-63||Wisconsin||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2014||Connecticut (32-8)||Kevin Ollie||60-54||Kentucky||Arlington, Texas|
|2013||Louisville (35-5)*||Rick Pitino||82-76||Michigan||Atlanta, Ga.|
|2012||Kentucky (38-2)||John Calipari||67-59||Kansas||New Orleans, La.|
|2011||Connecticut (32-9)||Jim Calhoun||53-41||Butler||Houston, Texas|
|2010||Duke (35-5)||Mike Krzyzewski||61-59||Butler||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2009||North Carolina (34-4)||Roy Williams||89-72||Michigan State||Detroit, Mich.|
|2008||Kansas (37-3)||Bill Self||75-68 (OT)||Memphis||San Antonio, Texas|
|2007||Florida (35-5)||Billy Donovan||84-75||Ohio State||Atlanta, Ga.|
|2006||Florida (33-6)||Billy Donovan||73-57||UCLA||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|2005||North Carolina (33-4)||Roy Williams||75-70||Illinois||St. Louis, Mo.|
|2004||Connecticut (33-6)||Jim Calhoun||82-73||Georgia Tech||San Antonio, Texas|
|2003||Syracuse (30-5)||Jim Boeheim||81-78||Kansas||New Orleans, La.|
|2002||Maryland (32-4)||Gary Williams||64-52||Indiana||Atlanta, Ga.|
|2001||Duke (35-4)||Mike Krzyzewski||82-72||Arizona||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|2000||Michigan State (32-7)||Tom Izzo||89-76||Florida||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|1999||Connecticut (34-2)||Jim Calhoun||77-74||Duke||St. Petersburg, Fla.|
|1998||Kentucky (35-4)||Tubby Smith||78-69||Utah||San Antonio, Texas|
|1997||Arizona (25-9)||Lute Olson||84-79 (OT)||Kentucky||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|1996||Kentucky (34-2)||Rick Pitino||76-67||Syracuse||East Rutherford, N.J.|
|1995||UCLA (31-2)||Jim Harrick||89-78||Arkansas||Seattle, Wash.|
|1994||Arkansas (31-3)||Nolan Richardson||76-72||Duke||Charlotte, N.C.|
|1993||North Carolina (34-4)||Dean Smith||77-71||Michigan||New Orleans, La.|
|1992||Duke (34-2)||Mike Krzyzewski||71-51||Michigan||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|1991||Duke (32-7)||Mike Krzyzewski||72-65||Kansas||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|1990||UNLV (35-5)||Jerry Tarkanian||103-73||Duke||Denver, Colo.|
|1989||Michigan (30-7)||Steve Fisher||80-79 (OT)||Seton Hall||Seattle, Wash.|
|1988||Kansas (27-11)||Larry Brown||83-79||Oklahoma||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1987||Indiana (30-4)||Bob Knight||74-73||Syracuse||New Orleans, La.|
|1986||Louisville (32-7)||Denny Crum||72-69||Duke||Dallas, Texas|
|1985||Villanova (25-10)||Rollie Massimino||66-64||Georgetown||Lexington, Ky,|
|1984||Georgetown (34-3)||John Thompson||84-75||Houston||Seattle, Wash.|
|1983||North Carolina State (26-10)||Jim Valvano||54-52||Houston||Albuquerque, N.M.|
|1982||North Carolina (32-2)||Dean Smith||63-62||Georgetown||New Orleans, La.|
|1981||Indiana (26-9)||Bob Knight||63-50||North Carolina||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|1980||Louisville (33-3)||Denny Crum||59-54||UCLA||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|1979||Michigan State (26-6)||Jud Heathcote||75-64||Indiana State||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|1978||Kentucky (30-2)||Joe Hall||94-88||Duke||St. Louis, Mo.|
|1977||Marquette (25-7)||Al McGuire||67-59||North Carolina||Atlanta, Ga.|
|1976||Indiana (32-0)||Bob Knight||86-68||Michigan||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|1975||UCLA (28-3)||John Wooden||92-85||Kentucky||San Diego, Calif.|
|1974||North Carolina State (30-1)||Norm Sloan||76-64||Marquette||Greensboro, N.C.|
|1973||UCLA (30-0)||John Wooden||87-66||Memphis State||St. Louis, Mo.|
|1972||UCLA (30-0)||John Wooden||81-76||Florida State||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|1971||UCLA (29-1)||John Wooden||68-62||Villanova||Houston, Texas|
|1970||UCLA (28-2)||John Wooden||80-69||Jacksonville||College Park, Md.|
|1969||UCLA (29-1)||John Wooden||92-72||Purdue||Louisville, Ky.|
|1968||UCLA (29-1)||John Wooden||78-55||North Carolina||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|1967||UCLA (30-0)||John Wooden||79-64||Dayton||Louisville, Ky.|
|1966||UTEP (28-1)||Don Haskins||72-65||Kentucky||College Park, Md.|
|1965||UCLA (28-2)||John Wooden||91-80||Michigan||Portland, Ore.|
|1964||UCLA (30-0)||John Wooden||98-83||Duke||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1963||Loyola (Ill.) (29-2)||George Ireland||60-58 (OT)||Cincinnati||Louisville, Ky.|
|1962||Cincinnati (29-2)||Ed Jucker||71-59||Ohio State||Louisville, Ky.|
|1961||Cincinnati (27-3)||Ed Jucker||70-65 (OT)||Ohio State||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1960||Ohio State (25-3)||Fred Taylor||75-55||California||Daly City, Calif.|
|1959||California (25-4)||Pete Newell||71-70||West Virginia||Louisville, Ky.|
|1958||Kentucky (23-6)||Adolph Rupp||84-72||Seattle||Louisville, Ky.|
|1957||North Carolina (32-0)||Frank McGuire||54-53 (3OT)||Kansas||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1956||San Francisco (29-0)||Phil Woolpert||83-71||Iowa||Evanston, Ill.|
|1955||San Francisco (28-1)||Phil Woolpert||77-63||LaSalle||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1954||La Salle (26-4)||Ken Loeffler||92-76||Bradley||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1953||Indiana (23-3)||Branch McCracken||69-68||Kansas||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1952||Kansas (28-3)||Phog Allen||80-63||St. John's||Seattle, Wash.|
|1951||Kentucky (32-2)||Adolph Rupp||68-58||Kansas State||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|1950||CCNY (24-5)||Nat Holman||71-68||Bradley||New York, N.Y.|
|1949||Kentucky (32-2)||Adolph Rupp||46-36||Oklahoma A&M||Seattle, Synergy bank thibodaux la (36-3)||Adolph Rupp||58-42||Baylor||New York, N.Y.|
|1947||Holy Cross (27-3)||Doggie Julian||58-47||Oklahoma||New York, N.Y.|
|1946||Oklahoma State (31-2)||Henry Iba||43-40||North Carolina||New York, N.Y.|
|1945||Oklahoma State (27-4)||Henry Iba||49-45||NYU||New York, N.Y.|
|1944||Utah (21-4)||Vadal Peterson||42-40 (OT)||Dartmouth||New York, N.Y.|
|1943||Wyoming (31-2)||Everett Shelton||46-34||Georgetown||New York, N.Y.|
|1942||Stanford (28-4)||Everett Dean||53-38||Dartmouth||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1941||Wisconsin (20-3)||Bud Foster||39-34||Washington State||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1940||Indiana (20-3)||Branch McCracken||60-42||Kansas||Kansas City, Mo.|
|1939||Oregon (29-5)||Howard Hobson||46-33||Ohio State||Evanston, Ill.|
*Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament was later vacated by the Committee on Infractions.
March Madness glossary:
The Madness of March isn’t just confined to what happens on the basketball court. When discussing teams, there are a bevy of statistics, terms, and acronyms thrown out. There’s a team’s NET rankings, KPI, and BPI. The SOS and the SOR. The automatic bid and the at-large bid. It can be a bit daunting.
Maybe you’ve never heard of any of these, maybe you just need a quick refresher. Either way, we’ve compiled a list of the 29 most helpful terms when dealing with the NCAA tournament. These are stats and phrases that the Selection Committee will use to determine the field, and understanding what they mean can go a long way in helping you make informed decisions while filling out your bracket.
At-large bid — Teams that receive a bid to the NCAA tournament are broken into two categories: At-large bids, and automatic bids. The selection committee hands out 36 at-large bids to teams that did not win their conference tournament, but impressed the committee enough to earn a trip to the tournament. There is no limit on the number of at-large teams the committee may select from one conference.
Automatic bid — In Division I, there are 32 conferences. Each has its own conference tournament at the conclusion of the regular season. Teams that win this tournament, regardless of their regular-season performance, automatically earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.
AP ranking – The Associated Press has been ranking the top basketball teams since 1948. In its current form, the poll ranks the top 25 teams in Division I via a ranking that is compiled from the ballots of 65 sports journalists across the country. The ranking has no official weight in the selection process, and even a No. 1 ranking in the AP poll does not technically guarantee a team a bid to the NCAA tournament. View the current AP rankings here.
BPI — College Basketball’s Power Index, invented by ESPN, is a statistic that measures how far above or below average every team is, and projects how well the team will do going forward. The index uses two measurements to do this: BPI Select basketball leagues north texas (measure of a team’s offensive strength compared to an average offense) and BPI Defense (measure of a team’s defensive strength compared to an average defense). BPI is calculated by finding the difference between these two measurements. View the current BPI rankings here.
The bubble — Select basketball leagues north texas team that is “on the bubble” for the NCAA tournament is one whose qualification for the tournament could go either way. They’re on the verge of making the field of 68, but an invitation isn’t guaranteed.
Cinderella — Much like the titular character from the fairy tale, a Cinderella team is one that is much more successful than expected. Examples in March would be Villanova’s 1985 championship run, when the eighth-seeded Wildcats became the lowest seeded team to ever win the title, knocking off the heavy favorite Georgetown.
Defensive efficiency — A simple statistic that calculates the points allowed per 100 defensive possessions. For example, if Team A’s opponent scored 80 points in a game with 75 possessions, Team A’s defensive efficiency would be 106.7. View current defensive efficiency rankings here.
Elite Eight — The fourth round of the tournament, when just eight teams remain, is known as the Elite Eight. This round is the final game for each regional, before the four winners move on to the national semifinal, known as the Final Four. Read our Elite Eight ultimate guide for more.
Final Four — The fifth round of the tournament, when just four teams remain, is known as the Final Four. This is the penultimate round of the tournament, when the winners of each regional face off for a chance to play in the championship game. Read our Final Four ultimate guide for more.
First Four — When the NCAA tournament was expanded to 68 teams, a new round was added to the format: The First Four. Four games, played on the Tuesday and Wednesday after Selection Sunday determine which of eight teams advance to the first round of the tournament. Read our First Four ultimate guide for more.
First four out — When ranking all 68 teams in the NCAA tou rnament, the First Four Out fall in spots 69-72. These teams will not make the NCAA tournament, but will be the top-seeded teams in the NIT Championship.
KPI — KPI Sports ranks every team’s wins and losses on a scale of -1.0 (the worst possible loss) to +1.0 (the best possible win), and averages these scores across a season to give a score to a team’s winning percentage. The formula uses opponent’s winning percentage, opponent’s strength of schedule, scoring margin, pace of game, location, and opponent’s KPI ranking. View the current KPI rankings here.
Last four in — Another unofficial term, the "last four in" refers to the final four teams that receive at-large bids to the tournament. These are teams that are usually on the bubble as Selection Sunday draws near.
NET — NCAA Evaluation Tool was a new ranking in 2018-19 that relies on game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin, net offensive and defensive efficiency, and the quality of wins and losses. The ranking replaces RPI as the main sorting tool for the selection committee. Some of the unique aspects of the NET include the omission of game date and order (to give equal importance to both early and late-season games), and the inclusion of a cap of 10 points for winning margin (to prevent teams needlessly running up the score in a game where the outcome was certain). Read more about the NET here.
Offensive efficiency — Points scored per 100 offensive possessions. For example, if a team scored 95 points in a game with 85 possessions, their offensive efficiency would be 115.9. View current offensive efficiency rankings here.
Pace/Tempo — An estimate of the number of possessions a team has per regulation (40 minutes).
Per-40 stats — A reference used to compare two or more players who do not play the same amount of minutes per game. It is measured by taking each statistic, dividing it by the minutes played per game, and then multiplying it by 40 — a full regulation game. For example, if Player A scores an average of 20 points in 30 minutes of play, his points per-40 would be 26.7.
POM — Kenpom.com, run by Ken Pomeroy, is a website devoted to advanced basketball statistics. The site gives an overall rating to each Division I team throughout the season based on a multitude of advanced metrics. The Selection Committee uses these rankings to help evaluate teams.
Quadrants (Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4) — In order to determine the strength of a team’s wins or losses, the selection committee divides the team’s record into four quadrants on each team sheet. The quadrants are meant to serve as an indicator of how good a team’s wins are, or how bad their losses are. Each quadrant is divided based on a combination of the location of the game — Home (H), Neutral court (N), or Away (A) — and the opponent’s NET ranking.
- Q1: H: 1-30; N: 1-50; A: 1-75
- Q2: H: 31-75; N: 51-100; A: 76-135
- Q3: H: 76-160; N: 101-200; A: 136-240
- Q4: H:161-353; N: 201-353; A: 241-353
Regional — The NCAA tournament bracket is split into four regionals. The South, East, West, and Midwest. The first four rounds of the tournament are played in regionals, with the Elite Eight serving as the regional championship game. Teams are assigned a regional based on a combination of factors, such as overall seed, proximity to the regional, the other teams in that regional, and more.
SAG — On a team sheet, “SAG” stands for Sagarin rankings, from sagarin.com. The Sagarin rankings account for score differentials, strength of schedule, and weights for how recent a game was (wins in February are worth more than wins in November). Sagarin rankings differ from KenPom rankings in that efficiency is not taken into account. View the current rankings here.
Seed — 68 teams earn bids to the NCAA tournament, and each one receives a seed — from 1 to 16 —that determines where the team will be placed in the bracket. After the First Four, there are four of every seed. The seeds are also ranked overall from 1 to 68. This overall ranking affects the order in which team locations are selected (with higher-ranked teams getting preference), and which teams play in the First Four (the four lowest-seeded at-large teams and the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers go to the First Four).
Selection committee —The 10-member NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference coldwell banker georgetown ct are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.
Selection Sunday — The day everyone waits for, when the Selection Committee announces the tournament field. This year, Selection Sunday is March 17.
Strength of record — From ESPN: “Strength of Record (SOR) is a measure of team accomplishment based on how difficult a team's W-L record is to achieve. SOR reflects the chance a typical 25th ranked team would have team's record or better, given the schedule on a 0 to 100 scale, where 100 is best.”
Strength of schedule — Strength of Schedule (or SoS) measures the difficulty of a team’s schedule, based on the win percentage of the team’s opponents.
Sweet 16 — The third round of the tournament, where only 16 teams remain. The winner of each game will play in the Elite Eight. Read our Sweet 16 ultimate guide for more.
Team sheet — A one-page document for every team in Division I that helps the committee get a complete picture of that team’s performance during the season. The team sheets contain in-depth team information about strength of schedule, performance against top-50 teams and home/road records.
Daniel Wilco has worked at the AJC, Sports Illustrated, and SEC Country. His writing has also appeared on SI.com, Men’s Health, and The Cauldron.
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HAMILTON, ONT – The Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) revealed all the top talent that was drafted by the league’s six teams in its first ever Entry Draft on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The draft reveal took place at the Art Gallery of Hamilton in front of media, sports and lifestyle influencers, prominent basketball personalities and executives.
The Fraser Valley Bandits had the first overall pick in the regional rounds and selected 6-foot-5 guard Joel Friesen, a Fraser Valley native who played for the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Alberta before launching his professional career in 2015.
From players who have represented Canada Basketball to rising talents from current U SPORTS programs, below is a breakdown of all the players that were drafted into the CEBL.
The first four rounds of the draft had a regional focus as CEBL teams selected players from their respective territories, allowing each team to have a nucleus of players from its own region.
1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Joel Friesen, University of Alberta, (Hometown: Abbotsford, BC)
2. Edmonton Stingers: Mamadou Gueye, University of Alberta, (Hometown: Quebec City, QC)
3. Guelph Nighthawks: Connor Wood, Carleton University (Hometown: Guelph, ON)
4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Denzel James, MacEwan University (Hometown: Edmonton, AB)
5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: MiKyle McIntosh, University of Oregon, Raptors 905 (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
6. Niagara River Lions: Kaza Kajami-Keane, Carleton University (Hometown: Ajax, ON)
1. Niagara River Lions: Kassius Robertson, Missouri State University, (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Erik Nissen, Acadia University, (Hometown: Quispamsis, NB)
3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Jelane Pryce, University of Winnipeg (Hometown: Innisfil, ON)
4. Guelph Nighthawks: Jevohn Shepherd, Michigan State University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
5. Edmonton Stingers: Mathieu Kamba, Central Arkansas University (Hometown: Calgary, AB)
6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Marek Klassen, Point Loma Nazarene University (Hometown: Abbotsford, BC)
1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Diego Kapelan, McNeese State University (Hometown: Vancouver, BC)
2. Edmonton Stingers: Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, University of Calgary, (Hometown: Winnipeg, MB)
3. Guelph Nighthawks: Marvin Binney, St. Mary’s University, (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Justus Alleyn, University of Manitoba, (Hometown: Winnipeg, MB)
5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Duane Notice, University of South Carolina, Raptors 905 (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
6. Niagara River Lions: Guillaume Boucard, Carleton University, (Hometown: Montreal, QC)
1. Niagara River Lions: Tyrone Watson, New Mexico State University, (Hometown: Hamilton, ON)
2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Junior Cadougan, Marquette University, (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Thomas Cooper, University of Calgary, (Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee)
4. Guelph Nighthawks: Emanual Shepherd, Southern University (Hometown: Toronto, ON)
5. Edmonton Stingers: Jordan Baker, University of Alberta, (Hometown: Edmonton, AB)
6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Dallin Bachynski, University of Utah, (Calgary, AB)
Commencing with Round Five, the draft opened up for all teams to select players from any region of the world. The following were the players drafted by each team in the open rounds:
Fraser Valley Bandits:
• Conor Morgan, University of British Columbia
• Elijah Foster, University of Nevada
• Levon Kendall, University of Pittsburgh
• Maurice Jones, Northwest Nazarene University
• Ransford Brempong, Western Carolina University
• Rashaun Broadus, Brigham Young University
• Troy Gottselig, University of Saskatchewan
• Adika Peter-McNeilly, Ryerson University
• Akeem Ellis, Coppin State University
• Ashton Smith, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
• Christian Musoko, Southern Utah University
• Corey Allmond, Sam Houston State University
• Grandy Glaze, Grand Canyon University
• Greg Morrow, University of Western Ontario
• Chris Johnson, St. Bonaventure University
• Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State University
• Meshack Lufile, Cape Breton University
• Marvell Waithe, University of Arkansas
• Myck Kabongo, University of Texas
• Jamal Reynolds, Canisius College
• Chadrack Lufile, Wichita State University
• Alex Campbell, University of Windsor
• Chad Posthumus, Morehead State University
• Gentrey Thomas, University of California, Riverside
• Kevin Bercy, St. Francis Xavier University
• Michael Linklater, University of Saskatchewan
• Shane Osayande, University of Saskatchewan
• Terry Thomas, University of Ottawa
Hamilton Honey Badgers:
• Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate University
• Derek Cooke Jr., University of Wyoming
• Justin Edwards, Kansas State University
• Ryan Ejim, Carleton University
• Shaquille Keith, Cape Breton University
• Joe Rocca, Carleton University
• Tramar Sutherland, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Niagara River Lions:
• Julian Boyd, Long Island University Brooklyn
• Nem Mitrovic, University of Portland
• Alex Johnson, North Carolina State University
• Joel Kindred, Saint Augustine’s University
• Ryan Wright, Oklahoma State University
• Rayvon Higdon, Redeemer University College
• Jaylon Tate, University of Illinois
U SPORTS ROUNDS
The rising stars of tomorrow – these rounds saw teams select emerging Canadian basketball talent currently playing in U SPORTS programs across Canada
1. Niagara River Lions: Fil Vujadinovic, Ryerson University
2. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Connor Gilmore, McMaster University
3. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Chan De Ciman, University of Saskatchewan
4. Guelph Nighthawks: Malcolm Glanville, University of Guelph
5. Edmonton Stingers: Narcisse Ambanza, University of Winnipeg
6. Fraser Valley Bandits: Mason Bourcier, University of British Columbia
1. Fraser Valley Bandits: Grant Shephard, University of British Columbia
2. Edmonton Stingers: Brody Clarke, University of Alberta
3. Guelph Nighthawks: Myles Charvis, Ryerson University
4. Saskatchewan Rattlers: Jean-Victor Mukama, Ryerson University
5. Hamilton Honey Badgers: Thomas Kennedy, University of Windsor
6. Niagara River Lions: Tyler Brown, Brock University
“It gives me immense pleasure to see such amazing talent represent the league and its six teams,” said Mike Morreale, Chief Executive Officer of the CEBL. “Congratulations to all the players who got drafted – it’s a historic time for a Canadian basketball fan.”
The CEBL, the official professional league partner of Canada Basketball, opens its inaugural season in May with franchises in Fraser Valley (Abbotsford), Edmonton, Guelph, Hamilton, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), and Niagara (St. Catharines). CEBL teams will play a 20-game regular season from May 9 to August 15, culminating with a league championship playoff at a site to be announced.
More information about the CEBL may be obtained at https://www.cebl.ca/
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