The NBA G League announced today in a press release that it will tip off its 2021/22 season on November 5 with a new, expanded 14-game Showcase Cup tournament.
The event will feature the 28 affiliated G League teams, the G League Ignite, and the Capitanes de la Ciudad de México, who will be based out of Fort Worth, TX for practice and housing, but will play as the home team in G League cities.
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The 30 teams will be separated into four regional pods. According to the NBAGL’s press release, eight teams will advance to compete for the Showcase Cup in a single-elimination tournament during the NBA G League’s annual Winter Showcase. The four winners of the regional pods will participate in that tournament, as will the next-best four teams across the league.
The other 22 teams will each play two games during the Winter Showcase, outside of the Showcase Cup. The Winter Showcase will take place from December 19-22.
At the conclusion of the Showcase Cup, all team results will be reset, and the 28 affiliated teams will then play a 36-game regular season from December 27 to April 2, with the top six teams from each conference advancing to the playoffs, to be held following the season. The full schedule for the Showcase Cup and the regular season can be found here.
In a separate press release, the G League Ignite – the league’s “select team” featuring several top prospects – announced their schedule for the Showcase Cup tournament, including two preseason exhibition games. Like the Capitanes, the Ignite don’t have a home arena this season and will not participate in the 36-game regular season. However, the press release states that “additional competition” for the Ignite will be announced at a later date.