Each season in January, the NBA D-League holds a five day showcase of games between the various Development League Teams. This year’s showcase will be held on January 5 through 9, 2014. The 10th annual event will be hosted for the third straight year by the Rino Bighorns and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority. The games will take place at the Reno Event Center in Reno, Nevada (home of the NGA D-League’s Reno Bighorns.
The matches begin with two games on Sunday, January 5 with Delaware 87ers vs. the hosting Bighorns at 5:30 p.m. ET and with the Bakersfield Jam battling the Sioux Falls Skyforce at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Following the opening day, the games continue with four contests scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with tip-off at 1:00 p.m. ET each day. The Showcase concludes with a three-game schedule for Thursday as the Springfield Armor hosts the Iowa Energy for the final game beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET.
“We’re thrilled to be returning to Reno for this year’s NBA D-League Showcase,” said Chris Alpert, NBA D-League Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Personnel. “The Bighorns and the RSCVA have done an incredible job over the last two seasons providing the NBA D-League with an excellent venue for our players to demonstrate their skills in front of NBA Scouts, and we’re looking forward to another successful week at the Event Center.”
Conceived prior to the 2004-05 season, the NBA D-League Showcase provides an opportunity for NBA D-League players and coaches to perform in front of key NBA decision makers over five consecutive days at one location. The City of Reno will play host to basketball operations executives from all 30 NBA teams who will attend games scouting top young NBA prospects.
Fans can buy tickets by visitingwww.ticketmaster.com/renobighorns. Once there, they can click on January and click on the Showcase date they would like to attend. Fans can also call the Bighorns front office directly at (775) 853-8220.
“The Showcase is one of the highlights of the many sporting events held throughout the year in Reno Tahoe USA,” said Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Christopher Baum. “We’re delighted to welcome the NBA D-League back to the region once again as a fun activity for our visitors and residents.”
"The return of the NBA Development League Showcase to Reno for a record three years in a row establishes our community as a NBA destination," said Bighorns owner Herb Santos, Jr. "Our resorts, our restaurants, our hospitality, our world class ski resorts, and everything else that Reno Tahoe has to offer will be showcased once again globally by the NBA. When it comes to high caliber, professional basketball, Reno is on the map!"
During and immediately following last year’s event, four players earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including eventual NBA champion Jarvis Varnado of the Miami Heat. During its nine-year history, more than 30 NBA D-League players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA during or immediately after the NBA D-League Showcase; while an even larger number benefited from the exposure afforded them at the NBA D-League
2014 NBA D-League Showcase Schedule (all times local)
Sunday, Jan. 5
Delaware 87ers vs. Reno Bighorns
2:30 p. m.
Bakersfield Jam vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce
Monday, Jan. 6
Idaho Stampede vs. Canton Charge
Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
Austin Toros vs. Erie BayHawks
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Canton Charge vs. Texas Legends
Iowa Energy vs. Bakersfield Jam
Maine Red Claws vs. Austin Toros
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Tulsa 66ers
Wednesday, Jan. 8
Erie BayHawks vs. Idaho Stampede
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Maine Red Claws
Tulsa 66ers vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Reno Bighorns vs. Springfield Armor
Thursday, Jan. 9
Texas Legends vs. Delaware 87ers
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Springfield Armor vs. Iowa Energy
The NBA Development 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. Featuring 14 teams with direct affiliations to NBA franchises, the league offers professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Thirty percent of players in the NBA at the end of the 2012-13 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com