2014 NBA D-League Showcase Tips Off Today

RENO, Nev. Jan. 5, 2014 -- The five-day, 17-game NBA Development League Showcase, which features all 17 NBA D-League teams, tips off today at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev., home of the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. All 17 games will be televised nationally, with CBS Sports Network airing two games and NBA TV airing 15 - eight live and seven on tape delay. Those games on delay will also air live on the NBA D-League’s YouTube channel.

The 10th annual NBA D-League Showcase, hosted for the third consecutive season by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), gets under way this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. PT when the Delaware 87ers and the Bighorns face off in a game nationally televised on CBS Sports Network. Action continues when the Bakersfield Jam and Sioux Falls Skyforce meet at 5:15 p.m. PT.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday feature four NBA D-League games apiece, while the event concludes on Thursday with three more contests. During the 2014 NBA D-League Showcase, each team will play two regular season games.

The Bighorns and the NBA D-League Showcase welcome general managers, player personnel staff, and scouts from each of the 30 NBA teams, who attend to evaluate the league’s top prospects, while members of the local and national media will be on hand to cover the event. 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 four consecutive days at one location.

More than 25 percent of players on current NBA rosters have NBA D-League experience, many of whom participated in an NBA D-League Showcase. During its nine-year history, more than 35 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 Showcase.