WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Sept. 14, 2021 - As part of the NBA G League's innovative new season format, NBA G League Ignite is set for 14 league contests this fall in the Showcase Cup.
The expanded Showcase Cup includes all 29 G League teams plus Ignite separated into four regional pods, with each team playing 12 games in NBA G League markets. The teams with the best winning percentage in each regional pod, along with the next four teams across the league with the best winning percentages, will advance to compete for the Showcase Cup in a single-elimination tournament during the NBA G League Winter Showcase, set for Dec. 19-22. The 22 remaining teams will each play two games outside of the Showcase Cup tournament during the Winter Showcase.
"We're so excited to begin this next season competing in the Showcase Cup, and we're looking forward to giving our young players early opportunities to learn and develop against tough G League opponents," said Ignite head coach Jason Hart.
Prior to Ignite's 14 Showcase Cup contests, the team will also play preseason exhibition games at the Iowa Wolves (Oct. 29) and Sioux Falls Skyforce (Oct. 31).
Ignite will not compete in the NBA G League's regular season, which begins after the Showcase Cup, but additional competition will be announced at a later date.
Ignite's Showcase Cup schedule is as follows:
|Friday, Oct. 29||at Iowa Wolves*|
|Sunday, Oct. 31||at Sioux Falls Skyforce*|
|Friday, Nov. 5||at South Bay Lakers|
|Wednesday, Nov. 10||Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Thursday, Nov. 11||Agua Caliente Clippers|
|Wednesday, Nov. 17||at South Bay Lakers|
|Friday, Nov. 26||at Santa Cruz Warriors|
|Sunday, Nov. 28||at Stockton Kings|
|Monday, Nov. 29||at Stockton Kings|
|Friday, Dec. 3||Oklahoma City Blue|
|Sunday, Dec. 5||Oklahoma City Blue|
|Monday, Dec. 13||Salt Lake City Stars|
|Wednesday, Dec. 15||Salt Lake City Stars|
|Sun., Dec. 19 - Wed., Dec. 22||NBA G League Winter Showcase|
*Preseason exhibition games
Led by new head coach Jason Hart, Ignite returns to the court for its second season featuring a slew of Top 10 recruits, including Jaden Hardy (ESPN No. 2, 2021), Michael Foster Jr. (ESPN No. 7, 2021) and Scoot Henderson (ESPN No. 7, 2022), as well as NBA Global Academy product Dyson Daniels.
A full broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.