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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