NBA Announces G League Ignite Will No Longer Exist

NBA Announces G League Ignite Will No Longer Exist

The NBA (National Basketball Association) has announced that NBA G League Ignite, the team that is owned and operated by the league will cease to exist after this current season.

NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim made the announcement four years after the NBA first started the team to give high school and college prospects the chance to develop their skills in a professional environment to prepare for the NBA Draft.

“Four years ago, we started Ignite to fill a void in the basketball landscape, and I’m proud of the contributions we were able to make to that ecosystem,” said Abdur-Rahim in a written statement. “With the changing environment across youth and collegiate basketball, now is the right time to take this step. I want to extend my sincere gratitude to general manager Anthony McClish, head coach Jason Hart, and their staff, and to each player who wore an Ignite jersey. As ever, the G League’s commitment to developing top NBA talent and helping players achieve their NBA dreams is unwavering.”

The reason given for the ending of the team is based on the current climate in the NCAA where student-athletes can capitalize off their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), which allows students to accept endorsement deals from any interested companies.

When the league introduced the G League Ignite team back in April 2020, it was providing a first-of-its-kind development pathway for NBA Draft prospects to hone their skills and learn the professional game, all while receiving a salary and endorsement income before they were eligible for the NBA Draft.

In the team’s first three seasons, 10 players, who were developed through the team were selected in the NBA Draft. This included four players being selected in the top 10 of their classes. Some players who participated in the NBA G League Fall Invitational were offered a platform for top prospects to showcase their talents. Victor Wembanyama (currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs) and the Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 participated in 2022, while Alexandre Sarr and the Perth Wildcats played last year.

The team will play its last game on March 28 against the Ontario Clippers.

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