JaMychal Green

G League gains importance in 'NBA family'

G League gains importance in 'NBA family'

Every NBA referee hired in the past 15 years came through the G League, formerly known as the D League.

Three NBA head coaches (four to start the season) and 29 NBA assistant coaches came through a G League coaching staff.

Many NBA basketball and business operations employees came through the G League, including the Lakers’ advance scout, head athletic trainer, video coordinator and public relations coordinators.

The G League’s on-the-job training touches all parts of the NBA but the minor league’s rapid expansion has footprints all over NBA floors. Currently, 42% of NBA roster players have G League experience.

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