Nevermind that the NBA D-League's coming off a record-breaking season of Assignments and Call-Ups. With Top Prospects galore and an Assignments corps packed with budding stars, 2012-13 promises to be the best season yet.
Come celebrate the start of the league's 12th season right here, where you can watch all four games Live on YouTube and join fans from all around the world in a chat with our experts! The action starts at 7 p.m. on Friday night, but all night long, you can join in the conversation with hashtag #DTipOff.
Maine @ Canton
7:30 p.m. | Canton, Ohio | Launch Game Hub Two of the league's strongest single-affiliates -- now that Maine's partnered-up with the Celtics -- square off in Canton, led by Maine's Fab Melo (on loan from the Celtics) and Canton's king of the boards Kevin Jones.
Erie @ Fort Wayne
7:30 p.m. | Fort Wayne, Ind. | Launch Game Hub JaJuan Johnson, the league's No. 1 overall Prospect, comes off an eight-block preseason effort to lead his Fort Wayne Mad Ants team against the Henry Sims, the league's likely first Call-Up at center, and the Erie BayHawks.
Texas @ Tulsa
8 p.m. | Tulsa, Okla. | Launch Game Hub The first Mexican-born coach and first Euro-born coach under the NBA umbrella debut against each other, as Texas' Eduardo Najera leads Chris Douglas-Roberts and the Legends against Darko Rajakovic's 66ers.
Bakersfield @ Rio Grande Valley
8 p.m. | Hidalgo, Tex. | Launch Game Hub While RGV's opener is a chance to see Rockets assignment Scott Machado at work, this one will be a battle on the inside, as NBA vet Damion James takes on Rockets assignment Donatas Motiejunas down low.
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