MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase Visits Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

NBA G League’s Premier Scouting Event Hosted by Mandalay Bay Dec. 19-22

 

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2018 – The 2018 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase, the league’s premier in-season scouting event, will be played in Las Vegas from Dec. 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in promotion with Las Vegas Events.

The four-day, 27-game scouting event features the league’s 27 teams each playing two regular-season games in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams.  For the first time, the event will be held in December, allowing NBA team personnel the opportunity to evaluate two-way and NBA G League talent in advance of the 10-day signing period and two-way guarantee deadline.  For the second consecutive season, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will be played across two courts with as many as seven games per day.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with MGM Resorts and Las Vegas Events to bring the NBA G League Winter Showcase to Las Vegas and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center,” said NBA G League President Malcolm Turner.  “Las Vegas is a world-class hospitality destination and an exciting place to play NBA-caliber basketball in December.”

 

Lance Evans, Vice President of Marketing, Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said: “The NBA G League event further strengthens our great partnership with the NBA.  We are excited to have the opportunity to once again showcase professional basketball at Mandalay Bay.”

 

“As a destination, we look forward to hosting the 27 teams that will participate in the NBA G League Winter Showcase,” said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events.  “Las Vegas has a history of developing and growing events, and the NBA G League Showcase is part of that strategy.  This partnership continues Las Vegas’ steadfast commitment to the sport of basketball, which also includes our annual support of four collegiate conference basketball tournaments, NBA Summer League and USA Basketball Men’s National Team training camp and exhibition games.”

 

For the first time, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will host more than 20 players from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers for top prospects from outside the U.S.  The prospects will scrimmage against one another, participate in the 2018 Tarkanian Classic and receive life-skills programming focusing on education, leadership, health and wellness, and character development.  Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal.

 

The MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase has become a springboard to the NBA from its official minor league, with more than 60 players earning GATORADE Call-Ups during or immediately following the last 14 Showcases.

 

Last season, 11 players signed NBA contracts coming out of the Showcase, including Westchester Knicks guard Trey Burke.  He went on to average 12.8 points and 4.7 assists while shooting 50.3 percent from the field in 36 games with the New York Knicks.

 

The full game schedule is below.  A broadcast schedule for the event, which will be closed to fans, will be released at a later date.

 

Wednesday, December 19

VISITOR                               HOME                         TIME (PT)       LOCATION

Memphis                   at         Raptors                        12:00 pm         Court 1

Maine                       at         Lakeland                      2:30 pm           Court 1

Texas                        at         Erie                              5:00 pm           Court 1

Northern Arizona      at         Windy City                  7:30 pm           Court 1

 

Austin                       at         Capital City                  12:30 pm         Court 2

Iowa                         at         Westchester                 3:30 pm           Court 2

Agua Caliente           at         Grand Rapids               6:00 pm           Court 2

 

Thursday, December 20

VISITOR                               HOME                         TIME (PT)       LOCATION

Long Island               at         Rio Grande Valley       12:00 pm         Court 1

Greensboro               at         South Bay                    2:30 pm           Court 1

Fort Wayne               at         Salt Lake City              5:00 pm           Court 1

Lakeland                   at         Santa Cruz                   7:30 pm           Court 1

 

Wisconsin                 at         Memphis                      12:30 pm         Court 2

Canton                      at         Sioux Falls                   3:30 pm           Court 2

Delaware                  at         Stockton                      6:00 pm           Court 2

 

Friday, December 21

VISITOR                               HOME                         TIME (PT)       LOCATION

Capital City               at         Agua Caliente              12:00 pm         Court 1

Erie                           at         Northern Arizona         2:30 pm           Court 1

Raptors                     at         Texas                           5:00 pm           Court 1

Sioux Falls                at         Maine                          7:30pm             Court 1

 

Grand Rapids            at         Oklahoma City             12:30 pm         Court 2

Westchester              at         Austin                          3:30 pm           Court 2

Windy City               at         Iowa                            6:00 pm           Court 2

 

Saturday, December 22

VISITOR                               HOME                         TIME (PT)       LOCATION

South Bay                 at         Fort Wayne                  12:00 pm         Court 1

Stockton                    at         Wisconsin                    2:30 pm           Court 1

Oklahoma City          at         Long Island                  5:00 pm           Court 1

 

Santa Cruz                at         Canton                         12:30 pm         Court 2

Rio Grande Valley    at         Greensboro                  3:30 pm           Court 2

Salt Lake City           at         Delaware                     6:00 pm           Court 2

 

About the NBA G League

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.  Featuring 27 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2018-19 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.  An all-time-high 53 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2017-18 season boasted NBA G League experience.  In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.  NBA G League games are available on ESPN’s family of networks and NBA TV.

 

About Mandalay Bay

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas.  Mandalay Bay is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Las Vegas Events

Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1983, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 750 events.

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