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NBA G League
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League information
Former names: National Basketball Development League
NBA Development League
Minor league
Countries: Flag of the United States.png United States (27 teams)
Flag of Canada.png (1 team)
Mexico Flag.png (1 team)
Founded: 2001
No. of teams: 29
Headquarters: New York, New York
League management:
Commissioner Flag of the United States.png Adam Silver
President Flag of the United States.png Shareef Abdur-Rahim
Governing body: NBA
Championship information
Lakeland Magic (1)
Most titles: Rio Grande Valley Vipers (3)
External links

The NBA G League, or simply the G League, is a North American minor-league professional basketball organization owned and operated by the National Basketball Association (NBA). 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.[1] 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 league farm system, with each NBA 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 29 teams, 28 of which are either single-affiliated or owned by an NBA team, and 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.[2][1]


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[1][3] 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)[1] 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.[4] In the same offseason, Southwest Basketball, LLC led by David Kahn was granted permission by the league to operate four new teams.[5] Southwest Basketball then purchased three existing franchises and one expansion team: the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Austin Toros, Fort Worth Flyers[6] and the Tulsa 66ers.[7] 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.[8] Shortly after, the league announced expansion teams in the Anaheim Arsenal[9] and the Los Angeles D-Fenders (now the South Bay Lakers). The D-Fenders became the first D-League team to be directly owned by an NBA parent team, the Los Angeles Lakers.[10]

However, the westward expansion contributed to the contraction of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzle[11] and Fayetteville Patriots for that season.[12] The Florida Flame suspended operations due to arena scheduling difficulties.[13] 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.[14][15] 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,[2][3] which was officially shortened to "NBA G League" prior to the season.[16][17] 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.[18] 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.[19] Since 2006, players that are not at least 19 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 then leave for the NBA.[20] 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.[21]

All-Star Game

The NBA Development League held its first All-Star game February 17, 2007, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was part 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.[22]

The second annual All-Star game was held on February 16, 2008, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. 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).[23]

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.[24] Along with the All-Star game, the NBA D-League ran their second annual Dream Factory Friday Night events. H.O.R.S.E., which debuted last year, 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.[25]

The 2010 D-League All-Star game was held on February 13, 2010, at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. 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.[26] 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 Gilder 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.[27]

Template:AnchorD-League Showcase

The league stages an annual NBA D-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 has evolved into a fan-friendly four-day event in which each team plays two games apiece. Since the inception of the event in 2005, there have been 15 players called-up or recalled during or immediately following the Showcase. The showcase has been hosted in 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), and Reno, Nevada in 2012 and 2013, and Santa Cruz, California in 2015.


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), 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

Player allocations

Players for G League teams 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 Toros), NBA team assignments, and local tryouts.

Each NBA team can assign two first or second year players 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.[28] 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,[29] 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 tallest player ever to be assigned is Hasheem Thabeet, the second player selected in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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.[30]

Successful NBA call-ups

Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. The following are some of the called-up D-League players that went on to have successful NBA careers; Rafer Alston, Louis Amundson, Chris Andersen, Kelenna Azubuike, Matt Barnes, Devin Brown, Will Bynum, Matt Carroll, Eddie Gill, Stephen Graham, Jason Hart, Chuck Hayes, Anthony Johnson, Dahntay Jones, Jamario Moon, Mikki Moore, Smush Parker, Bobby Simmons, Ime Udoka, Von Wafer, C. J. Watson, Mike Wilks, J.J. Barea, Brandon Bass, Andray Blatche, Avery Bradley, Aaron Brooks, Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat, Ramon Sessions, Jeremy Lin, Danny Green and Martell Webster. [31] Aside from these players, there are several successful NBA players who were assigned to the D-League in their first and second season, such as .[32]

Currently, there are only 13 players with G League experience who won an NBA title: Tremaine Fowlkes with the Detroit Pistons in 2003–04; Devin Brown and Mike Wilks with the San Antonio Spurs in 2004–05; Earl Barron and Dorell Wright with the Miami Heat in 2005–06; James White with the San Antonio Spurs in 2006–07; Gabe Pruitt with the Boston Celtics in 2007–08; and, Sun Yue and Shannon Brown with the Los Angeles Lakers, Jordan Farmar, Josh Powell in 2008–09,and 2009-10, and most recently Jose Juan Barea, Rodrigue Beaubois, Ian Mahinmi, Dominique Jones with the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-2011, and Dexter Pittman, Terrel Harris with the Miami Heat in 2011-2012.[33] Bobby Simmons and Aaron Brooks are the only former D-League players to win an NBA end of season award; Simmons won the Most Improved Player Award with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2004–05 and Brooks won the Most Improved Player Award with the Houston Rockets in 2009–10.[34][35]

In the 2008 NBA Draft, the Idaho Stampede's Mike Taylor was drafted 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 Los Angeles Clippers.[36] In the 2010 NBA Draft, the Tulsa 66ers' Latavious Williams was drafted by the Miami Heat and later traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the NBA team affiliated with the 66ers.[37] One year later, in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Bakersfield Jam's Chukwudiebere Maduabum was drafted by the then-affiliated Los Angeles Lakers and later traded to the Denver Nuggets.[38]


Current teams

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2019–20 teams

Division Team City Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head coach NBA affiliate
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Delaware Blue Coats Wilmington, Delaware 76ers Fieldhouse 2,500 2007Template:Efn Connor Johnson Philadelphia 76ers
Long Island Nets Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum 13,500 2016 Shaun Fein Brooklyn Nets
Maine Red Claws Portland, Maine Portland Exposition Building 3,100 2009 Darren Erman Boston Celtics
Raptors 905 Mississauga, Ontario Paramount Fine Foods Centre 5,000 2015 Jama Mahlalela Toronto Raptors[15]
Westchester Knicks White Plains, New York Westchester County Center 5,000 2014 Derrick Alston New York Knicks
Central Canton Charge Canton, Ohio Canton Memorial Civic Center 5,200 2001Template:Efn Nate Reinking Cleveland Cavaliers
Fort Wayne Mad Ants Fort Wayne, Indiana Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 13,000 2007 Steve Gansey Indiana Pacers
Grand Rapids Drive Walker, Michigan DeltaPlex Arena 4,500 2006Template:Efn Donnie Tyndall Detroit Pistons
Windy City Bulls Hoffman Estates, Illinois Sears Centre 10,000 2016 Damian Cotter Chicago Bulls
Wisconsin Herd Oshkosh, Wisconsin Menominee Nation Arena 3,500 2017 Chase Buford Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Capital City Go-Go Washington, D.C. Entertainment and Sports Arena 4,200[39] 2018 Ryan Richman Washington Wizards
College Park SkyhawksTemplate:Efn College Park, Georgia Gateway Center Arena 3,500 2017Template:Efn Noel Gillespie Atlanta Hawks[40]
Erie BayHawksTemplate:Efn Erie, Pennsylvania Erie Insurance Arena 6,750 2019Template:Efn Ryan Pannone New Orleans Pelicans
Greensboro Swarm Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Fieldhouse 2,500 2016 Joe Wolf Charlotte Hornets
Lakeland MagicTemplate:Efn Lakeland, Florida RP Funding Center 8,178 2008 2017 Stan Heath Orlando Magic
Western Conference
Midwest Iowa Wolves Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena 16,110 2007 Sam Newman-Beck Minnesota Timberwolves
Memphis Hustle Southaven, Mississippi Landers Center 8,362 2017 Jason March Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Blue Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Cox Convention Center 13,846 2001Template:Efn Grant Gibbs Oklahoma City Thunder
Sioux Falls Skyforce Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sanford Pentagon 3,250 1989Template:Efn 2006 Eric Glass Miami Heat
Pacific Agua Caliente Clippers Ontario, California Toyota Arena 10,832 2017 Brian Adams Los Angeles Clippers
Northern Arizona Suns Prescott Valley, Arizona Findlay Toyota Center 5,100 2006Template:Efn Bret Burchard Phoenix Suns[41]
Santa Cruz Warriors Santa Cruz, California Kaiser Permanente Arena 2,505 1995Template:Efn 2006 Kris Weems Golden State Warriors
South Bay Lakers El Segundo, California UCLA Health Training Center 750 2006Template:Efn Coby Karl Los Angeles Lakers
Stockton Kings Stockton, California Stockton Arena 11,193 2008Template:Efn Tyrone Ellis Sacramento Kings
Southwest Austin Spurs Cedar Park, Texas H-E-B Center at Cedar Park 7,200 2001Template:Efn Blake Ahearn San Antonio Spurs
Rio Grande Valley Vipers Edinburg, Texas Bert Ogden Arena 9,000 2007 Mahmoud Abdelfattah Houston Rockets
Salt Lake City Stars Taylorsville, Utah Lifetime Activities Center 5,000 1997Template:Efn 2006 Martin Schiller Utah Jazz[42]
Texas Legends Frisco, Texas Comerica Center 4,500 2006Template:Efn George Galanopoulos Dallas Mavericks

Team ownership

Ownership models vary across the G League. Independent owners control most of the league’s teams, but growing willingness among NBA organizations to invest in the G League has led to two other 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.

The Houston Rockets and Rio Grande Valley Vipers pioneered the single-affiliate partnership, also known as the hybrid model, in 2009–10. In November 2010, the New Jersey Nets and Springfield Armor announced they will enter into a single-affiliate partnership beginning in 2011–12 (the Nets are now known as the Brooklyn Nets). In June 2011, the New York Knicks and Erie BayHawks announced they will be single-affiliated. In May 2012, the Portland Trail Blazers entered into a single-affiliated partnership with the Idaho Stampede. The following month, the Boston Celtics and Maine Red Claws announced a single-affiliation partnership. In April 2013, the Philadelphia 76ers announced that they had purchased the inactive Utah Flash and moved them to Newark, Delaware, as the Delaware 87ers (now the Delaware Blue Coats). 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 entered into a single-affiliation as well.

Independent ownership/operations: Capitanes de Ciudad de México (starts play in 2020–21)

Parent club ownership: Agua Caliente Clippers (by the Los Angeles Clippers), Austin Toros (by the San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (by the Cleveland Cavaliers), Capital City Go-Go (by the Washington Wizards), College Park Skyhawks (by the Atlanta Hawks), Delaware Blue Coats (by the Philadelphia 76ers), Erie BayHawks (by the New Orleans Pelicans), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (by the Indiana Pacers), Greensboro Swarm (by the Charlotte Hornets), Iowa Wolves (by the Minnesota Timberwolves), Lakeland Magic (by the Orlando Magic), Long Island Nets (by the Brooklyn Nets), Maine Red Claws (by the Boston Celtics), Memphis Hustle (by the Memphis Grizzlies), Northern Arizona Suns (by the Phoenix Suns), Oklahoma City Blue (by the Oklahoma City Thunder), Raptors 905 (by the Toronto Raptors), Salt Lake City Stars (by the Utah Jazz), Santa Cruz Warriors (by the Golden State Warriors), Sioux Falls Skyforce (by the Miami Heat), South Bay Lakers (by the Los Angeles Lakers), Stockton Kings (by the Sacramento Kings), Westchester Knicks (by the New York Knicks), Windy City Bulls (by the Chicago Bulls), Wisconsin Herd (by the Milwaukee Bucks).

Single affiliation/hybrid model: Grand Rapids Drive (with the Detroit Pistons), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (with the Houston Rockets), Texas Legends (with the Dallas Mavericks)

Defunct teams

Team City Active year(s) Former NBA affiliates Notes
Albuquerque / New Mexico
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,
2006–2009 Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers Became the Springfield Armor
Arkansas RimRockers Little Rock,
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
(North) Charleston Lowgators Charleston,
South Carolina
2001–2004 None Became the Florida Flame
Colorado 14ers Broomfield,
2006–2009 Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors Became the Texas Legends
Columbus Riverdragons Columbus,
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
Fayetteville Patriots Fayetteville,
North Carolina
2001–2006 Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks Folded by league
Florida Flame Fort Myers,
2001–2007 Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves Folded by owners
Fort Worth Flyers Fort Worth,
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,
2001–2005 None Became the Albuquerque Thunderbirds
Mobile Revelers Mobile,
2001–2003 None Folded by league
Roanoke Dazzle Roanoke,
2001–2006 New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards Folded by league
Utah Flash Orem, Utah 2007–2011 Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz Became the Delaware 87ers

League development

Year # Teams Expansion teams Folded teams Annexed teams Returning teams Suspended teams Relocated / renamed teams
2001–02 8 Asheville Altitude
North Charleston Lowgators
Columbus Riverdragons
Fayetteville Patriots
Greenville Groove
Huntsville Flight
Mobile Revelers
Roanoke Dazzle
2002–03 8
2003–04 6 Greenville Groove
Mobile Revelers
North Charleston LowgatorsCharleston Lowgators (name change only)
2004–05 6 Charleston LowgatorsFlorida Flame
2005–06 8 Fort Worth Flyers Arkansas RimRockers Asheville AltitudeTulsa 66ers
Columbus RiverdragonsAustin Toros
Huntsville FlightAlbuquerque Thunderbirds
2006–07 12 Anaheim Arsenal
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Fayetteville Patriots
Roanoke Dazzle
Bakersfield Jam
Colorado 14ers
Dakota Wizards
Idaho Stampede
Sioux Falls Skyforce
Florida Flame
2007–08 14 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Iowa Energy
Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Utah Flash
Florida Flame Arkansas RimRockers
Fort Worth Flyers
2008–09 16 Erie BayHawks
Reno Bighorns
2009–10 16 Maine Red Claws Anaheim ArsenalSpringfield Armor
Colorado 14ersTexas Legends (began playing in 2010–11)
2010–11 16 Los Angeles D-Fenders Albuquerque ThunderbirdsNew Mexico Thunderbirds (arena move only)
2011–12 16 Los Angeles D-Fenders Utah Flash New Mexico ThunderbirdsCanton Charge
2012–13 16 Dakota WizardsSanta Cruz Warriors
2013–14 17 Utah FlashDelaware 87ers

Team timeline

Current teams in tan
Former teams or former names in blue

Maine Red ClawsReno BighornsErie BayHawksDelaware 87ersUtah FlashRio Grande Valley VipersIowa EnergyFort Wayne Mad AntsSioux Falls SkyforceIdaho StampedeSanta Cruz WarriorsDakota WizardsTexas LegendsColorado 14ersBakersfield JamLos Angeles D-FendersSpringfield ArmorAnaheim ArsenalArkansas RimRockersFort Worth FlyersRoanoke DazzleMobile RevelersCanton ChargeNew Mexico ThunderbirdsHuntsville FlightGreenville GrooveFayetteville PatriotsAustin TorosColumbus RiverdragonsFlorida FlameNorth Charleston LowgatorsTulsa 66ersAsheville Altitude


Season Winner Score Runner-up
2001–2002 Greenville Groove 81–63, 75–68 North Charleston Lowgators
2002–2003 Mobile Revelers 92–82, 71–77, 75–72 Fayetteville Patriots
2003–2004 Asheville Altitude 108–106 (OT)[43] Huntsville Flight
2004–2005 Asheville Altitude 90–67[44] Columbus Riverdragons
2005–2006 Albuquerque Thunderbirds 119–108[45] Fort Worth Flyers
2006–2007 Dakota Wizards 129–121 (OT) Colorado 14ers
2007–2008 Idaho Stampede 89–95, 90–89, 108–101[46] Austin Toros
2008–2009 Colorado 14ers 136–131, 123–104[47] Utah Flash
2009–2010 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 136–131, 94–91[48] Tulsa 66ers
2010–2011 Iowa Energy 123–106, 122–141, 119–111 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2011–2012 Austin Toros 101–109 (OT), 113–94, 122–110 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2012–2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 112–102, 102–91 Santa Cruz Warriors

Note: For the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons, (and resuming with the 2007–08 season onwards) the championship has been a best-of-three game series.

Awards and honors

Most Valuable Player

  • 2001–02 Ansu Sesay, Greenville Groove
  • 2002–03 Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
  • 2003–04 Tierre Brown, Charleston Lowgators
  • 2004–05 Matt Carroll, Roanoke Dazzle
  • 2005–06 Marcus Fizer, Austin Toros
  • 2006–07 Randy Livingston, Idaho Stampede
  • 2007–08 Kasib Powell, Sioux Falls Skyforce
  • 2008–09 Courtney Sims, Iowa Energy
  • 2009–10 Mike Harris, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • 2010–11 Curtis Stinson, Iowa Energy
  • 2011–12 Justin Dentmon, Austin Toros
  • 2012–13 Andrew Goudelock, Rio Grand Valley Vipers

Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year

  • 2006–07 Bryan Gates, Idaho Stampede
  • 2007–08 Bryan Gates, Idaho Stampede
  • 2008–09 Quin Snyder, Austin Toros
  • 2009–10 Chris Finch, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • 2010–11 Nick Nurse, Iowa Energy
  • 2011–12 Eric Musselman, Los Angeles D-Fenders
  • 2012–13 Alex Jensen, Canton Charge

Rookie of the Year

  • 2001–02 Fred House, North Charleston Lowgators
  • 2002–03 Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
  • 2003–04 Desmond Penigar, Asheville Altitude
  • 2004–05 James Thomas, Roanoke Dazzle
  • 2005–06 Will Bynum, Roanoke Dazzle
  • 2006–07 Louis Amundson, Colorado 14ers
  • 2007–08 Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards
  • 2008–09 Othyus Jeffers, Iowa Energy
  • 2009–10 Alonzo Gee, Austin Toros
  • 2010–11 DeShawn Sims, Maine Red Claws
  • 2011–12 Edwin Ubiles, Dakota Wizards
  • 2012–13 Tony Mitchell, Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Defensive Player of the Year

  • 2001–02 Jeff Myers, Greenville Groove
  • 2002–03 Mikki Moore, Roanoke Dazzle
  • 2003–04 Karim Shabazz, Charleston Lowgators
  • 2004–05 Derrick Zimmerman, Columbus Riverdragons
  • 2005–06 Derrick Zimmerman, Austin Toros
  • 2006–07 Renaldo Major, Dakota Wizards
  • 2007–08 Mouhamed Sene, Idaho Stampede, and Stephane Lasme, Los Angeles D-Fenders
  • 2008–09 Brent Petway, Idaho Stampede
  • 2009–10 Greg Stiemsma, Sioux Falls Skyforce
  • 2010–11 Chris Johnson, Dakota Wizards
  • 2011–12 Stefhon Hannah, Dakota Wizards
  • 2012–13 Stefhon Hannah, Santa Cruz Warriors

Impact Player of the Year

  • 2007–08 Morris Almond, Utah Flash
  • 2008–09 Eddie Gill, Colorado 14ers
  • 2009–10 Brian Butch, Bakersfield Jam
  • 2010–11 Jeff Adrien, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • 2011–12 Eric Dawson, Austin Toros
  • 2012–13 Rasual Butler, Tulsa 66ers

Most Improved Player

  • 2009–10 Mildon Ambres, Idaho Stampede
  • 2010–11 Dar Tucker, New Mexico Thunderbirds
  • 2011–12 Kenny Hayes, Maine Red Claws
  • 2012–13 Cameron Jones, Santa Cruz Warriors

Executive of the Year

  • 2009–10 Jon Jennings, Maine Red Claws
  • 2010–11 Bert Garcia, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
  • 2011–12 David Higdon, Bakersfield Jam
  • 2012–13 Bill Boyce, Texas Legends

Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award

  • 2001–02 Mike Wilks, Huntsville Flight
  • 2002–03 Billy Thomas, Greenville Groove
  • 2005–06 Ime Udoka, Fort Worth Flyers
  • 2006–07 Roger Powell, Arkansas RimRockers
  • 2007–08 Billy Thomas, Colorado 14ers
  • 2008–09 Will Conroy, Albuquerque Thunderbirds
  • 2009–10 Andre Ingram, Utah Flash
  • 2010–11 Larry Owens, Tulsa 66ers
  • 2011–12 Moses Ehambe, Iowa Energy
  • 2012–13 Ron Howard, Fort Wayne Mad Ants

All-Star Game MVP

  • 2006 Robert Adams, Tulsa 66ers
  • 2007 Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Fort Worth Flyers
  • 2008 Jeremy Richardson, Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  • 2009 Blake Ahearn, Dakota Wizards and Courtney Sims, Iowa Energy
  • 2010 Brian Butch, Bakersfield Jam
  • 2011 Courtney Sims, Iowa Energy
  • 2012 Gerald Green, Los Angeles D-Fenders
  • 2013 Travis Leslie, Santa Cruz Warriors

All-NBA Development League Team

See also

  • List of NBA Development League yearly standings
  • List of developmental and minor sports leagues


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