Ahead of the 2021 NBA G League season commencing on February 9, a draft will take place on January 11 at 1pm ET. A draft in which NBA Call-Ups understands that 72 selections will be made.
Over a third of the G League will not be participating in the bubble season. Consequently, there won’t be enough roster spots to meet player demand. Although, the league is introducing a new “NBA Vet Selection” for rosters.
Over 100 players with NBA experience currently still sit in free agency, which suggests that the quality of play on show in the bubble should be high.
While some veterans will opt to sign directly with teams, e.g. Jeremy Lin with the Santa Cruz Warriors, some are eligible for the draft.
More Eligible Names and Draft/Season Details:
Other names include Jacob Evans, Isaiah Briscoe, Phil Booth, Diamond Stone, Dusty Hannahs, and Jemerrio Jones. The above names have been provided by Shams Charania of The Athletic and Jonathan Givony of EPSN.
Traditionally the G League signs 100+ players to join a pool of draft-eligible players each year. The pool includes undrafted college prospects, international players, and training camp players recently waived by NBA teams (Exhibit-10).
The draft consists of four rounds and teams have to make two selections. Each round usually has 28 selections (first, 27). However, the 2021 draft is understood to be hosting 72 selections. Which suggests that only 2-3 rounds may take place.
Disney World in Orlando is believed to be the location of the 2021 G League bubble. With teams expected to gather on January 19 in their respective markets, before arriving in the bubble on January 26.
Official games will reportedly begin on February 9, with the playoffs scheduled to be played from March 5-9.
There will be plenty of high-quality veterans on show in the G League bubble, along with NBA hopefuls. Who all have a small window of 12-15 games to impress, which should make for entertaining viewing.
NBA Teams Opting in/Out of G League Bubble:
Teams opting into the G League bubble: Clippers, Spurs, Cavaliers, 76ers, Wizards, Pacers, Hornets, Timberwolves, Magic, Nets, Grizzlies, Thunder, Raptors, Rockets, Jazz, Warriors, Knicks, and the G League Ignite team.
Teams opting out of the G League bubble: Hawks, Celtics, Bulls, Mavericks, Pistons, Lakers, Heat, Bucks, Suns, and Kings.
The Washington Wizards will not be sending their G League affiliate, but will be utilizing the Erie BayHawks, the affiliate of the New Orleans Pelicans.
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