NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2021 – The NBA G League today released its game and telecast schedules for 2021 play, which will tip off on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The full 135- game schedule will be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.
Eighteen teams, including 17 NBA G League teams and NBA G League Ignite, will each play 15 games from Feb. 10 – March 6. The top eight teams will advance to a single-elimination playoff, which will begin on March 8 and conclude with the NBA G Final presented by YouTube TV on March 11.
The 2021 competition tips off when NBA G League Ignite, the recently launched team for NBA Draft-eligible players, makes its debut against NBA veteran Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors on Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The first day of play continues with 10 other NBA G League teams facing off in five additional games.
NBA TV coverage starts on opening day with the Salt Lake City Stars taking on the Erie BayHawks on Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. ET in a game that will be simulcast on Twitch.
Action on ESPN’s networks continues on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. ET when Admiral Schofield, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA G League Draft, and the Greensboro Swarm take on 2017 NBA Draft first-round selection Justin Patton and the Westchester Knicks on ESPNU. Coverage on NBA TV returns with the BayHawks going up against the Austin Spurs on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. ET.
ESPN’s NBA G League telecast schedule features 14 regular season games across ESPN2 and ESPNU, with over 100 regular season games streaming on ESPN+. NBA TV’s NBA G League telecast schedule features 12 games that will be simulcast on Twitch. Telecast information for the playoffs will be announced once it is available.
The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will host a maximum of six games per day across two venues. Under this year’s competitive format, there will be no division or conference alignment of teams and no team will play an opponent more than once. The full list of participating teams can be found at NBAGLEAGUE.com.
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 29 teams, 28 with direct affiliations to NBA franchises for 2020-21, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. A record 45 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2020-21 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.