What are the most important things to watch during the NBA G League's 22nd season, which tips off Friday?
Which players are most likely to get an NBA call-up? What's next for G League Ignite, a team made up exclusively of young prospects preparing for the NBA draft?
One of those young stars to watch is Scoot Henderson, the projected No. 2 overall pick in 2023 who has already put his skills on display in early October showdowns against projected top pick Victor Wembanyama and his Metropolitans 92 squad.
NBA Insiders Jonathan Givony, Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton are breaking down the top storylines in the G League for 2022-23, including game-changing rule tweaks, call-up candidates and why the league has a major role in NBA roster building.
Why the G League has a critical role in NBA roster building
When COVID-19 ravaged NBA rosters, it was the G League that stepped in to help save the 2021-22 season. A league-record 184 players, the majority from the G League, signed hardship exceptions and an additional 24 players, including Lance Stephenson and Stanley Johnson, eventually signed standard 10-day contracts in January that resulted in deals for the remainder of the season.
The 2022-23 season should return to the league's rooted purpose: player development.