The NBA G League is introducing a new tournament format for their premier showcase games, starting in the 2019-20 season.
The 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase will take place December 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and it will feature all 28 teams in the league, with the winning squad taking home a $100,000 prize.
Under the re-brand, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will see the teams seeded No. 1 through 28, with the top four seeds receiving a bye and advancing straight to the Championship Bracket. The remaining 24 teams will get placed into six separate four-team brackets. All games played at the Winter Showcase will count against G League regular-season records.
2019 MGM Resorts #NBAGLeague Winter Showcase News— NBA G League (@nbagleague) September 18, 2019
🗓️: Dec 19-22
🏀 New tournament format
💰 $100,000 in prize money
📍 Mandalay Bay Convention Center (Las Vegas)
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For a league full of players fighting for NBA attention and ultimately, (NBA) dollars, the $100,000 prize is sure to add a decent amount of motivation. The Showcase is one of the best ways for unheralded talent to make it to the NBA, as 60 players got called-up during or after the last five Showcases.
Last season the Bulls signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract following a breakout performance at the 2018 G League Showcase for the Rio Grande Vipers.
Sampson averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through 18 G League games for the Vipers before signing his Two-Way deal with the Bulls and gaining 214 minutes of NBA experience over 14 games.
The new tournament format for the Winter Showcase will make for an exciting spectacle to for hardcore basketball fans and will add a great layer of intrigue to what is already the best in-season scouting event for NBA scouts interested in the G League.