All eyes are locked on G League Ignite as the 2020-21 G League season fast approaches. Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, and Co will kick-start the bubble campaign on February 10 against Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors.
While a huge amount of attention is drawn by the top prospects, there’s also a large veteran presence on the team. Amir Johnson, Jarrett Jack, and Bobby Brown are among Ignite’s contingent that holds extensive NBA experience.
On January 28, on the ESPN Daily podcast, NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz reported that G League Ignite Head Coach Brian Shaw plans to start games with 4 prospects and a veteran center. In terms of playing time per game, the reported bracket for prospects is between 18-24 minutes.
Brian Shaw’s Latest Comments:
In a media availability on February 2, Coach Shaw stated that lineups haven’t been set at present time. Although, he did reiterate that every player on the team will play “significant” time.
“No, I haven’t really set lineups. In terms of who starts, that’s not really important to me. Everybody is going to play pretty significant time,” Shaw said. “Our team, for the most part, obviously we want to try to win anytime we step on the floor. But it’s not really about wins and losses for us. It’s about the development of our young guys.”
“They’re going to get their opportunities to play a significant amount of minutes and our veterans understand that as well. They’re going to get their minutes too. There will be times when all the young prospects are on the floor together, and there will be times where they’re mixed in with our veteran players.”
When asked about whether there’s a minutes bracket for the likes of Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga, Shaw responded that “nothing is written in stone”. He alluded to the intense schedule that sits ahead for Ignite, emphasizing that lineups may be changed accordingly.
Bubble Schedule Struggles:
G League Ignite’s schedule consists of 15 regular-season games in a 24-day period. February 10, against the Santa Cruz Warriors, marks the team’s first public appearance in a professional contest. The regular-season finale comes against the Austin Spurs on March 6. Depending on performances, Ignite may then partake in a single-elimination playoff between March 8-11.
“Nothing written in stone. In terms of development, the only way that you can develop is by getting experience out on the floor. They’re going to play significant minutes,” Brian Shaw said.
“We have a lot of games in a short amount of time, we have 15 games that we’re basically going to be playing in a month. I think we have 4 back-to-back games, so there will be a lot of opportunity to change the lineups. There will be a lot of opportunity for the guys to play.”
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