The NBA has partnered with Gatorade to announce the arrival of the NBA G League.
The NBA and Gatorade announced, via press release on NBA.com, that beginning today the NBA Development League (NBA D-League), the NBA’s minor league, will officially become the NBA G League.
The name change is immediate, with tangible upgrades starting at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
Per the release, notable changes will include an increase from 22 to 26, with 22 being owned and operated by NBA franchises.
Also, for the first time, NBA teams may sign a maximum of two “two-way” players to NBA contracts. These contracts will permit “two-way” players to be with their NBA parent team for up to 45 days, spending the bulk of the season in the NBA G League. G League teams will also sport new uniforms for the 2017-18 season.
Notable former D League players include Jeremy Lin, Jonathan Simmons, Chris Andersen and many more.
As for Gatorade’s role, the G League will collaborate with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) on programs to enhance player sports performance and recovery. Gatorade will also begin to introduce its latest product and equipment innovations into NBA G League locker rooms, and teams will have the opportunity to collaborate with Gatorade to help players maximize their athletic potential and on-court performance.
“This is a pivotal moment for the NBA G League,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner. “The league is experiencing unprecedented success both on and off the court, and our partnership with Gatorade is helping to drive momentum and create exciting opportunities for innovation, sports performance and player development.”