NBA Reportedly Hopes to Grow G League 'Select Team' into Full Division

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 22, 2020

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The NBA reportedly has bigger plans for the G League's "Select Team" after top high school stars Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd signed up for the developmental program.

Per Marc Stein of the New York Times, the NBA has "long-range hopes" of turning the Select Team into a division of the G League with "multiple teams that can play against each other."

Green, the No. 3 recruit in the 2020 class in 247Sports' composite rankings, became the first high-profile high school prospect to bypass both college and overseas leagues to sign with the G League when he announced his decision April 16.

According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony and Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA "reshaped" its professional pathway program to pay elite prospects at least $500,000 and put them through a one-year development program that would take place outside the G League's traditional structure.

G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim told Givony and Wojnarowski the NBA began looking for ways to entice top prospects after RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball chose to play in Australia for one year before declaring for the NBA draft:

"We have kids leaving the United States -- Texas and California and Georgia -- to go around the world to play, and our NBA community has to travel there to scout them. That's counterintuitive. The NBA is the best development system in the world, and those players shouldn't have to go somewhere else to develop for a year. They should be in our development system."

As things stand, the Select Team could play 10 to 12 games against G League competition, but the results wouldn't count in the official standings, per Givony. Players will also receive professional coaching and training, participate in community events and attend life-skills programs.


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