The Washington Wizards proudly announced on Friday night the name and revealed the logos for their nascent G-League franchise, the Capital City Go-Go which will take the court next fall for the 2018-19 season. When they begin play, they will become the 27th G-League team. The following season, the Atlanta Hawks will have a team in College Park, Ga. making it 28.
With 30 teams in the NBA, the G-League is quickly becoming a robust minor league system where sooner than later each NBA franchise will have an affiliate. Each year the G-League resemble more and more the well-established development programs in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wonders how a more developed minor league system will change the NBA. When the Wizards announced the Go-Go, he twice wondered if an expansion in the NBA Draft is inevitable. He told Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards-Pistons broadcast that a three- or four-round draft sounds realistic.
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He reiterated that in a press conference about the Go-Go's branding.
"I'm sure at some point there will be a change in the rules," Leonsis explained. "Maybe the draft will get deeper and it will be very, very exciting where maybe one day if you can sign somebody out of high school or it's a one-and-done world and the draft is deeper, then you put them on your G-League team and now you're promoting and you're saying go to St. Elizabeth's and go watch our future."
The NBA has the shortest draft of the four major sports at two rounds, a product of there being smaller rosters by comparison. MLB has a 40-round draft while the NHL and NFL have seven rounds.
The NBA used to have a much deeper draft. Back in the 1970s there were 10 rounds. Over the years that was pared down to a two-round draft, established in 1989.
Leonsis thinks the NBA and its players could benefit from more prospects being not only given a chance, but a real system of development to hone their skills. That would include direction from NBA coaching staffs, state-of-the-art facilities, nutritional guidance and other things to help them reach their potential.
"You want the G-League to be the second-best basketball league in the world. Right now you would say that the AHL in hockey is the second-best hockey league in the world. That should be our goal as a league," he said.
The more the G-League improves, the more it will affect the NBA and the Wizards are ready to reap those benefits.
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