By the time the dust settles in the Biggest Little City in the World, more than 150 basketball players will have auditioned for a precious few spots in the best basketball league in the world. They'll start on Monday and wrap on Thursday and over the course of those four days, 16 games and hours upon endless hours of hope and scrutiny, futures will be defined.
From teams to watch to players to know to the math that makes this year an extra-special one at Showcase, click here to read the top 10 things you need to know in Reno.
Before the Showcase tips on Monday in Reno, check out what NBA Game Time had to say about an event that's become a must-attend for scouts, executives and all sorts of talent evaluators from the NBA and around the globe.
NBA TV will broadcast the NBA Development League Showcase from Reno, Nev., when play tips off on Mon., Jan. 9, and ends with the final game buzzer on Thurs., Jan. 12. NBA TV will broadcast eight live games total throughout the showcase that will air daily at 1 p.m. (ET) and 3:45 p.m. (ET).
The eighth-annual NBA D-League Showcase is hosted by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and will take place at the Reno Events Center, home to the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. The showcase provides an opportunity for NBA D-League players and coaches to perform in front of NBA general managers, player personnel executives and scouts over four consecutive days as each team competes in two games each day throughout the showcase.
Play-by-play announcer Chad Andrus and analyst Kenyon Murray will be courtside providing match-up coverage, highlights, postgame recaps and more for all of the basketball action.
MONDAY, JAN. 9
1 p.m. (ET) Idaho Stampede @ Erie BayHawks
3:45 p.m. Springfield Armor @ L.A. D-Fenders
TUESDAY, JAN. 10
1 p.m. Maine Red Claws @ Sioux Falls Skyforce
3:45 p.m. Erie BayHawks @ Austin Toros
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
1 p.m. L.A. D-Fenders @ Maine Red Claws
3:45 p.m. Bakersfield Jam @ Idaho Stampede
THURSDAY, JAN. 12
1 p.m. Austin Toros @ Dakota Wizards
3:45 p.m. Tulsa 66ers @ Ft. Wayne Mad Ants
* All times Eastern
Twenty-three percent of players on 2010-11 NBA end-of-season rosters had NBA D-League experience, many of whom participated in an NBA D-League Showcase since its inception in 2005. During its seven-year history, more than 30 NBA D-League players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA during or after the NBA D-League Showcase; while an even larger number benefited from the exposure afforded them at the NBA D-League Showcase.
On Saturday, the New York Times' always-readable Off the Dribble blog focused on the recent talent boon in the NBA D-League, which has undergone a revolution in reputation of late. As the number of NBA players with Development League experience grows (it's at 22 percent right now, just shy of the record of 23 percent set last year), the league's mission has never been better-realized.
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2012 Showcase Schedule
|Monday, Jan. 9, 2012|
|Erie 103, Idaho 101 - Game Info | Highlights|
|L.A. 97, Springfield 82 - Game Info | Highlights|
|Ft. Wayne 100, Bakersfield 96 - Game Info | Highlights|
|Reno 116, Rio Grade Valley 99 - Game Info | Highlights|
|Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012|
|Maine 98, Sioux Falls 92 - Game Info | Highlights|
|Austin 111, Erie 88 - Game Info | Highlights|
|Texas 94, Tulsa 86 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Canton 99, Dakota 94 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012|
|Los Angeles 106, Dakota 94 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Bakersfield 113, Idaho 98 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Texas 98, Sioux Falls 95 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Reno 107, Iowa 72 -- Game Info | Highlights|
|Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012|
|Austin @ Dakota||10 a.m.||NBA TV|
|Tulsa @ Ft. Wayne||12:45 p.m.||NBA TV|
|RGV @ Springfield||3:30 p.m.||Futurecast|
|Canton @ Iowa||7 p.m.||Futurecast|
|FULL SCHEDULE||*All times local (Pacific)|