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NBA G League Embarks on 19th Season with Record 28 Teams

November 8, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) News Release

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

Players and Teams

- 28 - A record 28 teams will compete this year, more than triple the number that played during the inaugural season in 2001-02 (eight).

- 40 - 40 NBA players have already been assigned to the NBA G League this season.

- 3 - The Rio Grande Valley Vipers have won three NBA G League championships (2010, 2013, 2019), the most by any team in league history.

- 1 - The College Park Skyhawks, owned and operated by the Atlanta Hawks, will play its first NBA G League season in 2019-20.

NBA G League Alumni in the NBA

- 208 - A record 208 players with NBA G League experience were on 2019-20 NBA opening-night rosters.

- 42 - A record 42% of players (208 of 496) on start-of-season NBA rosters, including those under NBA two-way contracts, have NBA G League experience. The previous record was 40% in 2018-19 (198 of 494).

- 18 - Eighteen NBA teams had at least seven NBA G League veterans on their opening-night rosters.

- 10 - The LA Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors led the NBA with 10 NBA G League players on their opening-night rosters.

- 4 - Four NBA teams feature head coaches with NBA G League coaching experience: the Memphis Grizzlies (Taylor Jenkins), Sacramento Kings (Luke Walton), Toronto (Nick Nurse) and the Utah Jazz (Quin Snyder).

Around the League

- 1.6 Million -The NBA G League last season surpassed 1.6 million in total attendance for the second straight year. This marked the 10th straight year that total attendance exceeded 1 million fans.

- 41 - ESPNU and NBA TV combined to present 41 games for the second straight season, including regular-season, playoffs and Finals action.

- 50 - Each NBA G League team will play a 50-game schedule that concludes in March 2019.

- 16 - The 16th MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase will be played in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22. The league's premier in-season scouting event, featuring 28 regular-season games, will introduce a tournament format and a $100,000 prize for players on the winning team.

- 6.0 - Teams will average a record-low 6.0 back-to-backs this season, a 9.1% reduction from 6.6 per team last season.


- 80 - 56 of the 70 NBA referees (80%) this season have worked in the NBA G League, including four from the 2018-19 season, who were hired full-time to the NBA this season.

- 40 - 25 of the 63 NBA G League officials (40%) are women.

- 4 - Four of the 63 NBA G League officials are from outside of the United States (Mexico: 2, Canada: 2).

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