The four-day, 16-game NBA Development League Showcase, which features all 16 NBA D-League teams, tips off today at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev., home of the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. This season's event will also include a three-point shooting competition and a slam dunk contest. For the first time, all 16 games, as well as the skills competitions, will be televised nationally. Two games and the skills event will air on CBS Sports Network, while 14 games will be broadcast by NBA TV – nine live and four on a tape delay. Those games on delay will air live on NBADLeague.com powered by YouTube.
The ninth annual NBA D-League Showcase, hosted again this season by the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA), gets under way this morning at 10 a.m. PT when the Rio Grande Valley Vipers take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders and continues with three more contests today, including a night cap between the hometown Reno Bighorns and the Springfield Armor, a game which will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
The four-game slate on Tuesday, which starts at 10 a.m. PT, concludes with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Iowa Energy playing on CBS Sports Network in a fan appreciation night game. The event includes 1,000 free hot dogs for fans as well as ticket giveaways to an upcoming Sacramento Kings game, a VIP courtside suite giveaway to a future Bighorns game, as well as autographed basketballs and other prizes.
Wednesday's four-game schedule, which begins at 10 a.m. PT, will be capped off with the slam dunk competition and a three-point shootout, which will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The slam dunk competition will feature Travis Leslie (Santa Cruz Warriors), Dar Tucker (Reno Bighorns), Dominique Sutton (Tulsa 66ers) and Tony Mitchell (Fort Wayne Mad Ants), while the three-point shooting contestants are Nick Covington (Erie BayHawks), Justin Dentmon (Austin Toros), Marcus Landry (Reno Bighorns) and Andy Rautins (Tulsa 66ers). Thursday also includes four games also beginning at 10 a.m. PT.
The Bighorns and the NBA D-League Showcase welcome general managers, player personnel staff, and scouts from each of the 30 NBA teams, who attend to evaluate the league's top prospects. Conceived prior to the 2004-05 season, the NBA D-League Showcase provides an opportunity for NBA D-League players and coaches to perform in front of key NBA decision makers over four consecutive days at one location.
More than 25 percent of players on current NBA rosters have NBA D-League experience, many of whom participated in an NBA D-League Showcase. During its eight-year history, more than 30 NBA D-League players have earned GATORADE Call-Ups from the NBA D-League to the NBA during or immediately after the NBA D-League Showcase; while an even larger number benefited from the exposure afforded them at the NBA D-League Showcase.
Fans can buy tickets by visiting www.ticketmaster.com/renobighorns. Once there, they can click on January and click on the Showcase date they would like to attend. Fans can also call the Bighorns front office directly at (775) 853-8220.
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