Since being founded in 2001, the NBA official minor league organization has been called the NBA D-League. This week, however, the NBA announced a partnership with Gatorade to officially re-brand the Development League as the NBA G League.
Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA G League will feature 26 teams, expanding from four teams since last season, 22 of which are owned and operated by NBA franchises.
For the first time this fall, NBA teams can sign up to two “two-way” players to NBA contracts, which allows the player to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, while spending most of the season in the NBA G League.
For the 2017-18 season, the NBA G League will unveil new on-court uniforms and collaborate with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery. Gatorade will also incubate its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G League locker rooms, and teams will also have the opportunity to collaborate with the brand.
Since debuting in 2001, the NBA G League has more than tripled in size. Last season, nearly 1.5 million fans attended games, marking the eighth straight year the league has surpassed 1 million fans.
For more info, visit the official NBA G League website here.