2016–17 NBA Development League season

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2016–17 NBA Development League season
LeagueNBA Development League
SportBasketball
DurationNovember 11, 2016 – April 1, 2017
Draft
Top draft pickAnthony Brown
Picked byErie BayHawks
Regular season
Top seedRaptors 905
Season MVPVander Blue (Los Angeles D-Fenders)
Finals
ChampionsRaptors 905
  Runners-upRio Grande Valley Vipers
Finals MVPPascal Siakam (Raptors 905)
NBA Development League seasons

The 2016–17 NBA Development League season was the 16th season of the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA D-League is the official minor league basketball organization owned by the National Basketball Association (NBA). The following season, the league was rebranded to NBA G League as part of multi-year partnership with Gatorade and its parent company, PepsiCo.[1]

League changes[edit]

The league expanded to a record 22 teams for the 2016–17 season. Three expansion teams were introduced this season (Greensboro Swarm, Long Island Nets, and Windy City Bulls), each of them owned and affiliated with an NBA team.[2] Along with these three new teams, the Bakersfield Jam were purchased by their 2015–16 affiliate, the Phoenix Suns, and relocated to become the Northern Arizona Suns. The Idaho Stampede, who were already owned by the Utah Jazz, were also relocated and became the Salt Lake City Stars. The Reno Bighorns were purchased by their NBA affiliate, the Sacramento Kings just prior to the start of the season. The addition of the three teams, as well as the purchases of existing teams, left just eight NBA teams without a D-League affiliate and only seven D-League teams not owned by an NBA team.

The league consists of two conferences, each with 11 teams split into two divisions, two with six and two with five. The Greensboro Swarm and Long Island Nets were placed into the Atlantic Division. The Raptors 905 moved from the Atlantic Division, along with the newly formed Windy City Bulls, to the Central Division. With the addition of the three expansion teams, to even out the conferences, the Iowa Energy and Sioux Falls Skyforce moved from the Central Division of the Eastern Conference to the Southwest Division of the Western Conference.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings.[4]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Atlantic Division
Team (affiliate) W L PCT GB Home Road
y – Maine Red Claws (BOS) 29 21 .580 0 15–10 14–11
Delaware 87ers (PHI) 26 24 .520 3 15–10 11–14
Westchester Knicks (NYK) 19 31 .380 10 12–13 7–18
Greensboro Swarm (CHA) 19 31 .380 10 13–12 6–19
Long Island Nets (BKN) 17 33 .340 12 10–15 7–18
Erie BayHawks (ORL) 14 36 .280 15 9–16 5–20
Central Division
Team (affiliate) W L PCT GB Home Road
z – Raptors 905 (TOR) 39 11 .780 0 18–7 21–4
x – Fort Wayne Mad Ants (IND) 30 20 .600 9 16–9 14–11
x – Canton Charge (CLE) 29 21 .580 10 17–8 12–13
Grand Rapids Drive (DET) 26 24 .520 13 15–10 11–14
Windy City Bulls (CHI) 23 27 .460 16 15–10 8–17

Western Conference[edit]

Southwest Division
Team (affiliate) W L PCT GB Home Road
y – Oklahoma City Blue (OKC) 34 16 .680 0 19–6 15–10
x – Rio Grande Valley Vipers (HOU) 32 18 .640 2 19–6 13–12
Sioux Falls Skyforce (MIA) 29 21 .580 5 16–9 13–12
Austin Spurs (SAS) 25 25 .500 9 13–12 12–13
Texas Legends (DAL) 25 25 .500 9 14–11 11–14
Iowa Energy (MEM) 12 38 .240 22 6–19 6–19
Pacific Division
Team (affiliate) W L PCT GB Home Road
y – Los Angeles D-Fenders (LAL) 34 16 .680 0 16–9 18–7
x – Santa Cruz Warriors (GSW) 31 19 .620 3 18–7 13–12
Northern Arizona Suns (PHX) 22 28 .440 12 14–11 8–17
Reno Bighorns (SAC) 21 29 .420 13 12–13 9–16
Salt Lake City Stars (UTA) 14 36 .280 20 7–18 7–18

Playoffs[edit]

Conference Semifinals
Best of 3
Conference Finals
Best of 3
Finals
Best of 3
         
E1 Raptors 905 2
E4 Canton Charge 0
E1 Raptors 905 2
Eastern Conference
E2 Maine Red Claws 0
E2 Maine Red Claws 2
E3 Fort Wayne Mad Ants 1
E1 Raptors 905 2
W3 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 1
W1 Oklahoma City Blue 2
W4 Santa Cruz Warriors 1
W1 Oklahoma City Blue 1
Western Conference
W3 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 2
W2 Los Angeles D-Fenders 1
W3 Rio Grande Valley Vipers 2


References[edit]

  1. ^ "NBA Development League to Become NBA Gatorade League" (Press release). NBA Development League. February 14, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "NBA Development League Expansion". dleague.nba.com. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Five New Teams Highlight 2016-17 NBA D-League Schedule". dleague.nba.com. August 22, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "NBA D-League Standings". NBA D-League. Retrieved January 15, 2017.

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