South Bay Lakers
The South Bay Lakers are the official NBA G League affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers. Following a successful run as the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team has become the South Bay Lakers and is moving into a new home, the new UCLA Health Training Center. The UCLA Health Training Center will bring fans up close and personal to future stars of the league, while also being the practice facility for the Los Angeles Lakers. Get in on the inaugural season at our new home! Season Tickets Now Available
The South Bay Lakers show many of their games on Spectrum SportsNet. More details and broadcast schedule.
All games are streamed on Facebook Live via the South Bay Lakers Facebook page.
South Bay Lakers OriginsWith the goal of aligning closer to its parent club, South Bay has adopted the "Lakers" name while also keeping the purple and gold colors. To maintain its own identity, the club adds the “South Bay blue” color to its uniforms, while its secondary logo features the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier as a tribute to the region the team calls home.
NBA Call-Ups, Division Title Highlight D-Fenders' 2016-17 Season
The impact of the D-Fenders’ 2016-17 campaign was felt at the NBA level, especially for their parent club. David Nwaba surprised all involved by going from D-League tryout participant to Los Angeles Laker in a matter of months, using his trademark defense to earn a multi-year NBA contract. Plus, Ivica Zubac sharpened his game with the D-Fenders, averaging 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds before getting his chance to shine as the Lakers’ starting center.
In addition to those that split time between the D-Fenders and Lakers, several others found considerable success. Justin Harper also received a call-up to the Philadelphia 76ers, while Vander Blue averaged the D-League’s second-most points (24.8) and climbed into third place on the all-time scoring rankings (4,024).
Add in the tactics of first-year coach Coby Karl and leadership of league assists leader Josh Magette (9.4 apg), and the result was the team’s second straight Pacific Division title, which was dedicated to the memory of video coordinator Adam Cave, who tragically passed away mid-season. However, the season concluded with a loss in the Western Conference Semifinals.
South Bay Lakers/LA D-Fenders History
In July 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Buss family became the first NBA franchise to own an NBA Development League team, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. The D-Fenders are the sole affiliate of the Lakers and are committed to providing the highest quality of emerging talent.
In 2017, the Los Angeles D-Fenders became the South Bay Lakers and the the NBA Developmental League became the NBA G League. The NBA G League is the NBA's official minor league which features 26 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams and is designed to help grow the sport of basketball both domestically and internationally by offering NBA caliber basketball. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its G League teams, players and staff promote youth basketball, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development. The NBA G League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA.