Lakeland Magic FAQs

What is the NBA G League?

The NBA G League, is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers and front office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the NBA Development League was renamed the NBA G League as part of a multiyear expanded partnership announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Gatorade. This marks the first time a U.S. professional sports league has named an entitlement partner.

When was the NBA G League established?

The NBA G League began play during the 2001-02 season and enters its 18th season in 2017-18.

How many teams are in the NBA G League?

There are an all-time high 25 NBA G League teams heading into the 2017-18 season, each of which is solely affiliated with one NBA team.

How many games are in an NBA G League season?

Each G League team plays a 50-game schedule with 24 away games, 24 home games and 2 neutral site games at the G League Showcase.

When do the regular season and playoffs begin and end?

The regular season begins in November and ends in March. Playoffs begin In April and consist of three rounds, all of which follow a best-of-three series format.

How do NBA G League contracts work?

NBA G League players sign standard one-year contracts with the league, not individual teams, according to three different salary scales. (This excludes players on assignment from the NBA and players on two-way contracts).

What are two-way contracts?

Teams will be able to develop two players in the G League on two-way contracts. The new rule will allow franchises to keep control of prospects they intend to develop while making sure the players get a bump in salary when they contribute to the parent team.

Who are some of the best NBA players to have played in the NBA G League?

Top players who have been assigned to the NBA G League include Suns guard Eric Bledsoe, Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Pistons guard Reggie Jackson and Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson. Top players who were called up from the NBA G League include Spurs guard Danny Green, Heat guard Gerald Green, Hornets guard Jeremy Lin and Heat center Hassan Whiteside.

What is a call-up?

A call-up occurs when a player under contract with the NBA G League is signed by an NBA team to an NBA contract. Over the past three seasons, an average of 39 players have received a call-up.

What is an assignment?

An assignment occurs when an NBA team sends a player to its NBA G League affiliate. That player remains under NBA contract and the assigning NBA team has the exclusive rights to recall that player at any time.

What happens once a player gets called up?

NBA G League players are eligible to be called-up to an NBA team at any point during the NBA’s preseason or regular season, with 10-day contracts being offered only after a specified date in January. The contract the player receives depends on his years of service in the NBA. A player can be signed to two consecutive 10-day contracts with an individual NBA team before that team must either sign him for the remainder of the season or release him.

How many players have been assigned to the G League?

An all-time high 92 NBA players, including 16 first-round NBA Draft picks in 2016, were assigned to the NBA G League during the 2016-17 season.

With call-ups and assignment players, how does a team set its roster?

An NBA G League team’s roster can be fluid. There are many ways a team can acquire players: returning players, the affiliate rule, two-way contracts, the NBA G League Draft, assignments, trades and the available player pool. An NBA G League team’s roster must be 10 players, with up to two (2) additional spots for players placed on the inactive/injury list. If its NBA parent assigns players (3) and if they sign players to two-way contracts (2), the team’s active roster may be expanded to 15. Once the season starts, teams are limited to 14 roster moves each year. There are exemptions to that limit if a team loses a player to a buyout, call-up or season-ending injury.

What is the affiliate rule?

An “affiliate player” is claimed by an NBA G League team via the affiliate rule. When a player goes to NBA training camp and is waived, the NBA team’s G League affiliate can select up to three players whose rights are not owned by another NBA G League team.

What does it mean when a player is “waived”?

When a player is waived in the NBA G League, the team has given up their rights to him. After 48 hours, he clears waivers and any team can claim him from the available player pool.

What is the NBA G League Showcase?

The NBA G League Showcase is the premier event for NBA G League players to display their skills in front of NBA scouts and personnel. It is a week-long event, where every NBA G League team plays two games against predetermined opponents. During its history, more than 30 NBA G League players have earned GATORADE call-ups to the NBA during or immediately after the NBA G League Showcase, while an even larger number benefited from the exposure of the showcase.

Is there an NBA G League All-Star Game?

Yes. The NBA G League All-Star Game is played during NBA All-Star festivities. The 2018 NBA G League All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles.

How are All-Stars selected?

The All-Stars are selected by a vote of all of the league’s head coaches. Players are eligible for All-Star voting if they play in at least half of their team’s games through a predetermined date in late January. Players must be on an active NBA G League roster at the time of the All-Star Game in order to compete and the league replaces any ineligible players.

Who coaches the All-Star teams?

The two spots go to the head coaches of the teams with the best record in each conference at the completion of All-Star voting in late January.

How many players are on an NBA G League roster?

There are a minimum of 10 players on rosters, with two additional spots for players placed on the inactive/injury list. A team’s active roster may expand to up to 17 players if its parent club assigns players from the NBA roster and if they sign players to two-way contracts.

Where can I buy tickets?

You can go to lakelandmagic.com to place a $25 per seat season ticket deposit. Single-game tickets and pricing will be released in the fall.

Who will the team play?

You can go to lakelandmagic.com to place a $25 per seat season ticket deposit. Single-game tickets and pricing will be released in the fall.

The 2016-17 teams include:

Austin Spurs (San Antonio Spurs), Canton Charge (Cleveland Cavaliers), Delaware 87ers (Philadelphia 76ers), Erie BayHawks (Atlanta Hawks), Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers), Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons), Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets), Iowa Energy (Memphis Grizzlies), Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets), Los Angeles D-Fenders (Los Angeles Lakers), Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics), Northern Arizona Suns (Phoenix Suns), Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder), Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors), Reno Bighorns (Sacramento Kings), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets), Salt Lake City Stars (Utah Jazz), Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Sioux Falls Skyforce (Miami Heat), Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks), Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) and Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls).

The 2017-18 expansion teams include:

  • The Milwaukee Bucks have purchased an expansion team to begin play in Oshkosh, Wisc.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies have purchased an expansion team to begin play in Southaven, Miss.
  • The Atlanta Hawks have purchased an NBA G League affiliate that will begin play as the Erie BayHawks before relocating to College Park, Ga., in 2019-20
  • The Orlando Magic have purchased the Erie BayHawks and renamed the team to the Lakeland Magic and will play in Lakeland, Fla.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced a letter of intent to purchase the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ current affiliate.

How can I follow the Lakeland Magic?

The official website of the Lakeland Magic is www.lakelandmagic.com. You can also download the NBA G League mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

How can I watch games?

All 2017-18 NBA G League games, with the exception of those that are televised nationally, will be streamed live on Facebook Live. Log on to Facebook.com/NBAGLeague before tip-off or find the link via the game page on NBAGLeague.com.

How can I follow the team on social media?

On social media, you can follow the NBA G League on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Snapchat. The Lakeland Magic social media will be live this summer.

When is the NBA G League Draft?

The NBA G League Draft is typically held in October. This occurs after NBA start-of-season rosters are finalized.

Who is eligible to be drafted?

The league signs about 180 players each year to join the pool of draft-eligible prospects. They include college players who went undrafted in the NBA Draft, international prospects, and players who were recently waived by NBA teams following training camp. Players must be 18 years old to be eligible for the NBA G League Draft, as opposed to the NBA’s age minimum of 19.

How can I get a job with the team?

We will be filling out the staff of the team soon. Continue to follow the team online, as all new positions will be posted once available at orlandomagiccareers.com

How many teams make the playoffs?

The playoff rules have changed as the league has expanded. In 2016, eight teams made the playoffs – four in each conference. This included the winners of each of the four divisions and two Wild Card teams in each conference – the top two teams in each conference on the basis of regular season record regardless of division.

How can I try out for the NBA G League?

The league holds a National Tryout once each year. Participants must fill out an application and make a $350 online payment. The event is limited to 220 players, and between 25 and 40 typically sign contracts and become eligible for the NBA G League Draft. Two players from the NBA G League National Tryout have gone on to reach the NBA: Dennis Horner (Nets) and Dwight Buycks (Raptors, Lakers). Additionally, each NBA G League team holds its own local tryout(s) prior to the start of the season and can invite up to five of the participants to its preseason training camp. Dates for the Lakeland Magic open tryout will be announced in the fall

How does the Orlando Magic assign players to the NBA G League?

The team moving in close proximity (approximately 45 minute drive) also allows for players to have a greater ability to play between the two teams to gain more experience.

Who owns the team?

The team in Lakeland is the Orlando Magic’s G League Affiliate, which means the team is owned and operated by the Orlando Magic.

When will tickets go on sale?

We are currently accepting $25 per seat season ticket deposits. Deposit holders will get to select their seat location in the order in which the deposit was received. Single-game tickets will go on sale in October.

How much will tickets cost?

Ticket prices will range from $10 – $22 for regular season tickets and $40 – $85 for court side season tickets. Pricing will be released in the summer.

Who will coach the team?

The Lakeland Magic will begin their search for a coaching staff during the summer and will announce the head coach once the candidate has been selected.

Where will the team play?

The team will play at the RP Funding Center.

What made Lakeland a more attractive option than the other cities who submitted proposals?

Lakeland, Winter Haven and Polk County accomplishes the Magic’s goals of developing players close to home, while extending the Magic brand across Central Florida. The facility is an ideal home for the Lakeland Magic and the business community and political leaders came together to make the location a reality.

Will there be opportunities for autographs and pictures with the players?

Yes. Autograph and photo opportunities will be announced on the team website prior to games.

How were the name and logo selected?

The name was selected after a community naming contest. In order to create synergy with the Orlando Magic brand, the team ultimately selected Lakeland Magic. The new logo incorporates the Orlando Magic’s current jersey/logo wordmark giving it an integrated look from Orlando to Lakeland. It continues the original Magic team’s colors with the Magic blue, Magic black and Magic silver.

The look features five of the iconic stars to represent each player on the court creating a smooth transition from Orlando to Lakeland. These five stars pay homage to Orlando’s iconic silver-colored stars that have been part of the team’s logo lineage. The silver stars were originally featured prominently as replacements for the letter “a” in both “Orlando” and “Magic” within the team’s first logo in 1989. The silver stars have remained a part of the Magic’s logo throughout the years and live on in the Lakeland Magic, building on the heritage of the Orlando Magic while creating a history all its own in Lakeland.