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* The '''Minnesota Timberwolves''' are Kevin Garnett's team. Founded in 1989, the T-Wolves successes are tied with the prime years of Garnett, which culminated in 2004 with an MVP award and the team's only division title and only trip to the Western Conference Finals. Ever since then, the T-Wolves have finished at or near the bottom of a hyper-competitive Western Conference. Even though Kevin Garnett left Minnesota for Boston in 2007 [[note]]where he finally won a championship[[/note]], an older Garnett returned to the T-Wolves in 2015 for one final season as a mentor to the current young roster, which is now anchored by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

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* The '''Minnesota Timberwolves''' are Kevin Garnett's team. Founded in 1989, the T-Wolves successes are tied with the prime years of Garnett, which culminated in 2004 with an MVP award and the team's only division title and only trip to the Western Conference Finals. Ever since then, the T-Wolves have finished at or near the bottom of a hyper-competitive Western Conference. Even though Kevin Garnett left Minnesota for Boston in 2007 [[note]]where he finally won a championship[[/note]], an older Garnett returned to the T-Wolves in 2015 for one final season as a mentor to the current young roster, which is now anchored by Karl-Anthony Towns and Towns, Andrew Wiggins.Wiggins, and Jimmy Butler.



* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Hawks): Originally planned to launch in 2019–20 in the south Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, the Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie, Pennsylvania to replace the original [=BayHawks=] franchise (now the Lakeland Magic), while a new arena in College Park is constructed.

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* Erie [=BayHawks=] (Hawks): Originally planned to launch in 2019–20 in the south Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, the Hawks will temporarily place their team in Erie, Pennsylvania to replace the original [=BayHawks=] franchise (now the Lakeland Magic), while a new arena in College Park is constructed.built.



* '''Jimmy Butler''' – A 6'7" swingman (small forward/shooting guard) out of Marquette, Butler started out in 2011–12 as a bench player, being stuck behind Deng in the rotation. An injury to Deng in the 2012–13 season gave Butler a chance to start, and he made the most of it, becoming a key rotation player even after Deng returned. Deng's departure for the Heat gave him the chance to start in 2014–15, and he ended up making his first All-Star appearance and winning the league's Most Improved Player award that season. Has an interesting backstory as well—his father abandoned the family when he was an infant, and his mother kicked him out of the house when he was 13; he was eventually taken in by the family of a fellow player at his high school.[[note]]The fellow player in question, Jordan Leslie, grew up to be an NFL practice-squad player. And, by the way, Butler is black and Leslie is white.[[/note]]

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* '''Jimmy Butler''' – A 6'7" swingman (small forward/shooting guard) out of Marquette, Marquette who became the face of the Bulls before being traded to the T-Wolves in the 2017 offseason. Butler started out in 2011–12 as a bench player, being stuck behind Deng in the rotation. An injury to Deng in the 2012–13 season gave Butler a chance to start, and he made the most of it, becoming a key rotation player even after Deng returned. Deng's departure for the Heat gave him the chance to start in 2014–15, and he ended up making his first All-Star appearance and winning the league's Most Improved Player award that season. Has an interesting backstory as well—his father abandoned the family when he was an infant, and his mother kicked him out of the house when he was 13; he was eventually taken in by the family of a fellow player at his high school.[[note]]The fellow player in question, Jordan Leslie, grew up to be an NFL practice-squad player. And, by the way, Butler is black and Leslie is white.[[/note]]



* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boys' aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man that kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles' tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.

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* '''Isiah Thomas''', the leader of the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons, was a very controversial figure. While initially lauded for his determination and playmaking, his popularity took a huge hit when he said that Larry Bird would be "just another guy" if he weren't white and refused to back down from his statements. [[FaceHeelTurn He accepted his new villain role with open arms]] and became the general for the Bad Boys' aggressive style of play. He was infamous for his HairTriggerTemper, his rambunctious competitiveness, his trash-talking swagger and his dirty plays. He would often overreact to calls that went against him, commit hard-to-flagrant fouls on others and leave the court without shaking his opponents' hands; he was snubbed from the Dream Team due to his unpleasant on-court demeanor. Nevertheless, Isiah was the man that who kept ''Michael Jordan'' from winning a championship ''three years in a row'', from 1988 through 1990, twice in the conference finals. Isiah took his Bad Boys to three consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two consecutive titles in 1989-1990 against Clyde Drexler and the Lakers (though they were without Magic Johnson), the latter of whom defeated the Pistons in 1988. However, they were eventually eclipsed by Jordan's Bulls in 1991 through 1993; Isiah himself retired soon after tearing his Achilles' Achilles tendon in 1994. After retiring, earned [[NeverLiveItDown an infamous reputation]] [[ThePeterPrinciple as a bad coach, and even worse executive with plenty of boneheaded decisions]]. He's also not to be mixed up with current Boston Celtics player [[NamesTheSame Isaiah Thomas]], who also gets booed by Knicks fans because his name reminds them of their awful past with him.



* '''[=JaVale McGee=]''' is the NBA's version of a ButtMonkey. A journeyman who's played with five teams in his career—the Wizards, Nuggets, Sixers, Mavs, and now the Dubs—he's known for [[WhatAnIdiot bone-headed plays]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdb3vv-5ygI like these]]. However, since joining the Warriors at the same time as Durant, he's become a serviceable backup and has cut down greatly on his bone-headed plays.

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* '''[=JaVale McGee=]''' is the NBA's version of a ButtMonkey. A journeyman who's played with five teams in his career—the Wizards, Nuggets, Sixers, Mavs, and now the Dubs—he's known for [[WhatAnIdiot bone-headed plays]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdb3vv-5ygI like these]]. However, since joining the Warriors at the same time as Durant, he's become a serviceable backup and has cut down greatly on his said bone-headed plays.



* '''Zach [=LaVine=]''' is a guard drafted #13 in 2014 by the Timberwolves. Played heavy minutes during his rookie season when Ricky Rubio was struggling with injuries and built up his confidence enough to win the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, and won the Rising Stars MVP the next year, along with putting on a show for the ages in a Slam Dunk Contest duel with Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic reminiscent of Dominique Wilkins vs. Michael Jordan.

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* '''Zach [=LaVine=]''' is a guard drafted #13 in 2014 by the Timberwolves. Played heavy minutes during his rookie season when Ricky Rubio was struggling with injuries and built up his confidence enough to win the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest, and won the Rising Stars MVP the next year, along with putting on a show for the ages in a Slam Dunk Contest duel with Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic reminiscent of Dominique Wilkins vs. Michael Jordan. Dealt to the Bulls in the 2017 offseason in the trade that brought Jimmy Butler to the Twin Cities.
22nd Jun '17 9:03:19 PM Gsueagle31049
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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G-League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League [or simply D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most name. Most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of May June 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, and Wizards) Blazers currently do not have their own G-League affiliate; however, affiliate, while the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* Lakeland Magic (Magic): Founded as the original Erie [=BayHawks=], they were affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers, given this Pennsylvania city is between the two teams. Purchased by the Magic in 2017, and moved to Lakeland, Florida, roughly halfway between Orlando and Tampa.

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* Lakeland Magic (Magic): Founded as the original Erie [=BayHawks=], [=BayHawks=] in 2008, they were affiliated with the Cavs and Sixers, given this Pennsylvania city is between the two teams. Purchased by the Magic in 2017, and moved to Lakeland, Florida, roughly halfway between Orlando and Tampa.
20th Jun '17 10:24:20 AM KYCubbie
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* '''Dave Cowens''' was a center (often called undersized for a center), drafted 4th overall by the Celtics at the behest of Bill Russell. Although largely overlooked because of who's listed below him, Cowens was the 1971 Rookie of the Year, the 1973 regular season MVP, a seven-time All-Star and a two-time champion (1974, 1976). His #18 jersey (sound familiar?) was retired by the Celtics. Cowens' playing credo was all-out intensity at both ends of the court, a style that never wavered during his 11-year NBA career. As a testament to his all-around ability, Cowens is one of only four players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals (during the 1977-78 season). The other three are Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett and [=LeBron=] James. Also was a bit of a BunnyEarsLawyer - Cowens took a leave of absence from the Celtics and worked as a cab driver for one night. He explained that he just needed "to clear his head" and that he was "suffering from burnout." He was, for the 1978-79 season, the last player-coach in NBA history.

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* '''Dave Cowens''' was a center (often called undersized for a center), drafted 4th overall by the Celtics at the behest of Bill Russell. Although largely overlooked because of who's listed below him, Cowens was the 1971 Rookie of the Year, the 1973 regular season MVP, a seven-time All-Star and a two-time champion (1974, 1976). His #18 jersey (sound familiar?) was retired by the Celtics. Cowens' playing credo was all-out intensity at both ends of the court, a style that never wavered during his 11-year NBA career. As a testament to his all-around ability, Cowens is one of only four five players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals (during the 1977-78 season). The other three four are Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett and Garnett, [=LeBron=] James.James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Also was a bit of a BunnyEarsLawyer - Cowens took a leave of absence from the Celtics and worked as a cab driver for one night. He explained that he just needed "to clear his head" and that he was "suffering from burnout." He was, for the 1978-79 season, the last player-coach in NBA history.
16th Jun '17 2:47:52 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original) team of UsefulNotes/LeBronJames. Founded in 1970, the Cavs have been [[ButtMonkey borderline mediocre]] throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them twice more since then, in 2015 and 2016, and all three appearances have been with [=LeBron=]. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing; the Cavs are now back near the top of the league, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally won a championship in 2016]] (Cleveland's first in any major league sport since ''1964'').[[note]]Also, both [=LeBron=] and one of the Cavs' backups, James Jones, became the first players since the [=50s=] Celtics to get to six straight decisive series![[/note]]

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* The '''Cleveland Cavaliers''' are the current (and original) team of UsefulNotes/LeBronJames. Founded in 1970, the Cavs have been [[ButtMonkey borderline mediocre]] throughout much of their history, having never made it to the NBA Finals until 2007; they've reached them twice thrice more since then, in 2015 and 2015, 2016, and 2017, and all three four appearances have been with [=LeBron=]. In 2003, they drafted [=LeBron=] first overall and became of the best teams in the East for the next few seasons. After several seasons of playoff disappointments, [=LeBron=] left the Cavs and signed with Miami in 2010, putting Cleveland in a weird place between ButtMonkey and [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status, as they went roughly nowhere without their best player. But then after four years in Miami, he decided to come home to much rejoicing; the Cavs are now back near the top of the league, and [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally won a championship in 2016]] (Cleveland's first in any major league sport since ''1964'').[[note]]Also, both [=LeBron=] and one of the Cavs' backups, James Jones, became the first players since the [=50s=] Celtics to get to six straight decisive series![[/note]]
14th Jun '17 12:41:49 AM KYCubbie
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*** His four sons with Hale's daughter Pam—Scooter, Jon, Brent, and Drew—all played professionally, and only Scooter didn't play in the NBA. Jon and Brent both played 14 seasons, and Drew played in three. Brent was the most accomplished of the four, winning the 1996 Slam Dunk crown and two NBA titles with the Spurs. This made Rick and Brent the first father-and-son duo with NBA rings, later joined by the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and Thompsons (Mychal and Klay). Although Scooter didn't make it to the NBA, had the longest professional career (17 years), and won NCAA, CBA, and Belgian league titles.

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*** His four sons with Hale's daughter Pam—Scooter, Jon, Brent, and Drew—all played professionally, and only Scooter didn't play in the NBA. Jon and Brent both played 14 seasons, and Drew played in three. Brent was the most accomplished of the four, winning the 1996 Slam Dunk crown and two NBA titles with the Spurs. This made Rick and Brent the first father-and-son duo with NBA rings, later joined by the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and Thompsons (Mychal and Klay). Although Scooter didn't make it to the NBA, he had the longest professional career (17 years), and won NCAA, CBA, and Belgian league titles.
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* The '''Washington Wizards''' date back to 1961 and have seen plenty of moves and name changes in their history[[note]]Chicago Packers in 1961, Chicago Zephyrs in 1962, Baltimore Bullets (2.0) in 1963, Capital Bullets in 1973, Washington Bullets in 1974 and finally the Washington Wizards in 1997[[/note]]. As the Bullets, they had a dominant run in the 1970s, led by Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, that saw them make four trips to the Finals, winning the title in 1978. Sadly, the Bullets/Wizards have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs since their 78 championship. The current Wizards are led by John Wall and Bradley Beal and are trying to establish themselves as a legit contender in the East.

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* The '''Washington Wizards''' date back to 1961 and have seen plenty of moves and name changes in their history[[note]]Chicago Packers in 1961, Chicago Zephyrs in 1962, Baltimore Bullets (2.0) in 1963, Capital Bullets in 1973, Washington Bullets in 1974 and finally the Washington Wizards in 1997[[/note]]. As the Bullets, they had a dominant run in the 1970s, led by Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, that saw them make four trips to the Finals, winning the title in 1978. Sadly, the Bullets/Wizards have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs since their 78 '78 championship. The current Wizards are led by John Wall and Bradley Beal and are trying to establish themselves as a legit contender in the East.



* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the Bay Area's team and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise won four championships in their history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two in California in 1975 and 2015[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] [[TookALevelInBadass Things changed dramatically for the Warriors]] when they drafted [[BashBrothers "Splash Brothers"]] Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of power forward [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]] in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably [[ImprobableAimingSkills the greatest shooting team]] in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by [[TheJuggernaut going 73–9]] in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history (though unlike the Bulls, [[DownerEnding they were defeated in the finals]], despite at one point having a 3-1 series advantage over the Cavaliers). At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are one of the greatest teams the league has ever seen, and thanks to their core's relative youth, a title threat for years to come. And [[FromBadToWorse that]] was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant]] [[TookALevelInBadass in the 2016 offseason...]]

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* The '''Golden State Warriors''' are the current NBA champs, the Bay Area's team team, and have one of the deepest histories in the league. Originally the Philadelphia Warriors, the franchise has won four five championships in their its history[[note]] Two in Philly in 1947 and again 1956, and two three in California in 1975 1975, 2015, and 2015[[/note]] 2017[[/note]] The Warriors are notable for being the first team for UsefulNotes/WiltChamberlain before he joined the Philadelphia 76ers. Rick Barry led the Warriors to the title in 1975, which marked the beginning of a long dark period of mediocre basketball.[[note]]Although they did take out the top ranked Dallas Mavericks as an eight seed in 2007.[[/note]] [[TookALevelInBadass Things changed dramatically for the Warriors]] when they drafted [[BashBrothers "Splash Brothers"]] Stephen Curry (2009) and Klay Thompson (2011). With the additions of power forward [[LightningBruiser Draymond]] [[BloodKnight Green]] in 2012 and head coach Steve Kerr in 2014, the Warriors established themselves as arguably [[ImprobableAimingSkills the greatest shooting team]] in NBA history, winning the title in 2015, and followed that up by [[TheJuggernaut going 73–9]] in the 2015–16 regular season, surpassing the 1995–96 Bulls for the best regular-season record in league history (though unlike the Bulls, [[DownerEnding they were defeated in the finals]], despite at one point having a 3-1 series advantage over the Cavaliers). At this moment, the "Dubs"[[note]]A play on W, as in"[=DOUBle=] u"s[[/note]] are one of the greatest teams the league has ever seen, and thanks to their core's relative youth, a title threat for years to come. And [[FromBadToWorse that]] was ''before'' they [[OhCrap added Kevin Durant]] [[TookALevelInBadass in the 2016 offseason...]]]] They didn't do ''quite'' as well in the regular season in 2016–17, but still had the league's best record, and then went on a historic rampage through the playoffs, with their only postseason loss coming in Game 4 of the Finals in Cleveland.



* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving the most expensive NBA contract...to Michael Conley.

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* The '''Memphis Grizzlies''' are one of the youngest teams in the league and actually began life in [[CanadaEh Vancouver.]] After six seasons of some REALLY bad basketball in Canada [[note]] The Vancouver Grizzlies compiled an all-time winning percentage of .220 by the time they moved south [[/note]], the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001. They've shown improvement in their time in Memphis, but have never experienced big time success in the playoffs, only logging one trip to the Western Conference Finals in 2013. The Grizzlies were led by Pau Gasol in the mid 2000s before he was traded to the Lakers in a deal that saw Memphis acquire Pau's kid brother, Marc Gasol, who has emerged as one of the best big men in the NBA today. Currently known for their [[StoneWall defensive style of play]], and for giving the most expensive NBA contract... to Michael Conley.



The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or simply D-League) from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G-League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or [or simply D-League) D-League] from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G-League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* The '''J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award''', named after the league's second commissioner, is presented for outstanding community service. Unlike all other NBA awards, it is not restricted to players, coaches, or [=GMs=]—any employee of an NBA team is eligible for the award. However, it has only been awarded twice to non-players (once each to a coach and a trainer). Voted on exclusively by sportswriters. The only two-time winner is Mutombo. This award's winner is announced during the playoffs, not at the end-of-season awards banquet.

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* The '''J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award''', named after the league's second commissioner, is presented for outstanding community service. Unlike all other NBA awards, it is not restricted to players, coaches, or [=GMs=]—any employee of an NBA team is eligible for the award. However, it has only been awarded twice to non-players (once each to a coach and a trainer). Voted on exclusively by sportswriters. The only two-time winner is Mutombo. This award's is now the only season-based award whose winner is not announced during the playoffs, not at the end-of-season awards banquet.banquet; the announcement still takes place during the playoffs.



* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various inuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]].

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* '''Luol Deng''' — A 6'7" small forward from what's now South Sudan by way of Egypt, UsefulNotes/{{London}} and Duke, Deng has played for four teams in his career, but is best known for his 10 seasons with the Bulls (2004–2014). During his time in Chicago, he occupied much the same role as Scottie Pippen (only starter playing with 4 bench players). Much like Pippen (the only player constant throughout Phil Jackson's coaching tenure), Deng was on the roster for every Bulls playoff run post-MJ (though missing out on the 2005 and 2009 series due to late season-ending injuries) until being traded to the Cavaliers during the 2013–14 season, signed with the Heat in 2014, and then moved to the Lakers in 2016. Made his first All-Star Appearance back in 2012. Has been praised for his defense on [=LeBron=] James. Was the first Bull since Michael Jordan (who also did twice in consecutive seasons) to lead the league in minutes per game, despite not being in the top ten of total minutes in either of the past two seasons.
** Also noted as being the unwitting trigger for the 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In the 2014 offseason, several Hawks executives held a conference call regarding potential free agent signees. During the call, general manager Danny Ferry read from a background report in which a scout used racial stereotypes in reference to Deng. This launched an internal investigation which uncovered an email in which principal owner Bruce Levenson made several racial comments, most notably expressing concern that white fans might be scared away by black fans. Because the email came out during the Donald Sterling controversy, Levenson got one step ahead of the NBA posse, selling his controlling stake in the team, with his other (often-squabbling) partners selling their stakes as well.[[/labelnote]]
* '''Derrick Rose''' - Point guard for the Bulls until being traded to the Knicks in the 2016 offseason, Rose was picked first overall in the 2008 draft and is widely touted to be the next great point after Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. Like [=LeBron=], Rose is also a hometown hero; born, grew up, and played in Chicago on his high school days, although he played for Memphis in college. He didn't disappoint - he became Rookie of the Year in 2008, became the first rookie to win the All-Star Skills Challenge, and the youngest player and one of the only two Chicago Bulls to win the Season MVP Award, the other being Michael Jordan himself. Throughout the 2012 regular season, Rose was plagued with various inuries injuries on his turf toe, his back, his groin, his foot and his ankle. Nevertheless, [[HandicappedBadass Rose managed to play a few games while recovering]], but [[WorfHadTheFlu he was notably rustier]], and he missed the most games from his groin injury. Furthermore, his team managed to play well without him throughout the regular season, but when the playoffs started, Rose suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Game 1 against the 76ers; [[DroppedABridgeOnHim he missed the rest of the playoffs]], and the Bulls [[DecapitatedArmy weren't able to last long without him]]. Rose skipped out the 2012-13 season, and his return the following season only lasted 10 games before [[HereWeGoAgain his other knee gave in and forced Rose out again]].



* '''Joakim Noah''' — Center for the Bulls from his arrival from Florida in 2007 until signing with the Knicks as a free agent in the 2016 offseason. Despite many injuries, he has been improving every season, even becoming the seventh player to achieve a triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Even without Rose and Luol Deng (see Miami Heat for more on the latter), kept on carrying the Bulls in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 (winning Defensive Player of the Year in the latter). Plays internationally for France, as his father (1980s UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} star Yannick Noah) is from there.
* '''Jimmy Butler''' – A 6'7" swingman (small forward/shooting guard) out of Marquette, Butler started out in 2011–12 as a bench player, being stuck behind Luol Deng in the rotation. An injury to Deng in the 2012–13 season gave Butler a chance to start, and he made the most of it, becoming a key rotation player even after Deng returned. Deng's departure for the Heat gave him the chance to start in 2014–15, and he ended up making his first All-Star appearance and winning the league's Most Improved Player award that season. Has an interesting backstory as well—his father abandoned the family when he was an infant, and his mother kicked him out of the house when he was 13; he was eventually taken in by the family of a fellow player at his high school.[[note]]The fellow player in question, Jordan Leslie, grew up to be an NFL practice-squad player. And, by the way, Butler is black and Leslie is white.[[/note]]

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* '''Joakim Noah''' — Center for the Bulls from his arrival from Florida in 2007 until signing with the Knicks as a free agent in the 2016 offseason. Despite many injuries, he has been improving every season, even becoming the seventh player to achieve a triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Even without Rose and Luol Deng (see Miami Heat for more on the latter), Deng, kept on carrying the Bulls in both 2012-13 and 2013-14 (winning Defensive Player of the Year in the latter). Plays internationally for France, as his father (1980s UsefulNotes/{{tennis}} star Yannick Noah) is from there.
* '''Jimmy Butler''' – A 6'7" swingman (small forward/shooting guard) out of Marquette, Butler started out in 2011–12 as a bench player, being stuck behind Luol Deng in the rotation. An injury to Deng in the 2012–13 season gave Butler a chance to start, and he made the most of it, becoming a key rotation player even after Deng returned. Deng's departure for the Heat gave him the chance to start in 2014–15, and he ended up making his first All-Star appearance and winning the league's Most Improved Player award that season. Has an interesting backstory as well—his father abandoned the family when he was an infant, and his mother kicked him out of the house when he was 13; he was eventually taken in by the family of a fellow player at his high school.[[note]]The fellow player in question, Jordan Leslie, grew up to be an NFL practice-squad player. And, by the way, Butler is black and Leslie is white.[[/note]]



** His incredible versatility leads to many comparing [=LeBron=] to many Hall of Famers, from Magic Johnson and UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan to Karl Malone and Oscar Robertson. Due to his athletic ability, he is one of the best slashers and finishers in basketball, having led the league in completed traditional three point plays during various points in his career. His size also allows him to rebound the ball effectively, and he regularly ranks among the league leaders in rebounds for his position. Furthermore, he is an unusually gifted passer for his position, averaging 8.6 assists per game during the 2009–10 campaign and finishing the year ranked sixth overall in that category. So yeah, when we say that he's versatile, ''we mean it''. Among his many great games include: dropping 48 points (including the last 30 for Cleveland and the game-winning layup) against the Pistons on a double-overtime Game 5 win (2007); 45 points against the Celtics in Game 7 (2008, a loss); 49 points against the Orlando Magic in Game 1 (2009, a loss); a game-winner against the Magic in the same playoffs (2009, Game 2); 43 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, and four blocks against the Denver Nuggets (2010, regular season loss); 40 points versus the Indiana Pacers (2012); and 45 points against the Celtics (2012). And, to top it all off, he led both teams in the 2016 Finals in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots—something that had never been done before in any playoff series.

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** His incredible versatility leads to many comparing [=LeBron=] to many Hall of Famers, from Magic Johnson and UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan to Karl Malone and Oscar Robertson. Due to his athletic ability, he is one of the best slashers and finishers in basketball, having led the league in completed traditional three point plays during various points in his career. His size also allows him to rebound the ball effectively, and he regularly ranks among the league leaders in rebounds for his position. Furthermore, he is an unusually gifted passer for his position, averaging 8.6 assists per game during the 2009–10 campaign and finishing the year ranked sixth overall in that category. So yeah, when we say that he's versatile, ''we mean it''. Among his many great games include: dropping 48 points (including the last 30 for Cleveland and the game-winning layup) against the Pistons on a double-overtime Game 5 win (2007); 45 points against the Celtics in Game 7 (2008, a loss); 49 points against the Orlando Magic in Game 1 (2009, a loss); a game-winner against the Magic in the same playoffs (2009, Game 2); 43 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists, two steals, and four blocks against the Denver Nuggets (2010, regular season loss); 40 points versus the Indiana Pacers (2012); and 45 points against the Celtics (2012). And, to top it all off, he led both teams in the 2016 Finals in points, assists, rebounds, steals, and blocked shots—something that had never been done before in any playoff series. Even in defeat, he can still be enormously dominant—in the Cavs' 2017 Finals loss to the Dubs, he became the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals.



* '''[=JaVale McGee=]''' is the NBA's version of a ButtMonkey. A member of the Washington Wizards traded to the Denver Nuggets, he's known for [[WhatAnIdiot bone-headed plays]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdb3vv-5ygI like these]].



** He's also the most famous member of a basketball family that dates back to the 1930s...
*** Barry's (first) father-in-law, Bruce Hale, played college ball in the 1930s and went on to play for three teams in the early days of the NBA. He then went into coaching, and eventually became Barry's coach at Miami of Florida.
*** His four sons with Hale's daughter Pam—Scooter, Jon, Brent, and Drew—all played professionally, and only Scooter didn't play in the NBA. Jon and Brent both played 14 seasons, and Drew played in three. Brent was the most accomplished of the four, winning the 1996 Slam Dunk crown and two NBA titles with the Spurs. This made Rick and Brent the first father-and-son duo with NBA rings, later joined by the Waltons (Bill and Luke) and Thompsons (Mychal and Klay). Although Scooter didn't make it to the NBA, had the longest professional career (17 years), and won NCAA, CBA, and Belgian league titles.
*** And he and his current wife Lynn (herself a former college player at William & Mary) have another son, Canyon, who finished his college career in 2017, playing three seasons at Charleston before playing his final season at Florida. Canyon is better known for combining his play with top-notch academic achievements, being named the top academic/athletic performer in D-I men's basketball in 2016–17.



* '''[=JaVale McGee=]''' is the NBA's version of a ButtMonkey. A journeyman who's played with five teams in his career—the Wizards, Nuggets, Sixers, Mavs, and now the Dubs—he's known for [[WhatAnIdiot bone-headed plays]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdb3vv-5ygI like these]]. However, since joining the Warriors at the same time as Durant, he's become a serviceable backup and has cut down greatly on his bone-headed plays.



* '''Luol Deng''' — A 6'7" small forward from what's now South Sudan by way of Egypt, UsefulNotes/{{London}} and Duke, Deng signed with the Heat as a free agent in the 2014 offseason. He's best known for his time with the Chicago Bulls, where he occupied much the same role as Scottie Pippen (only starter playing with 4 bench players). Much like Pippen (the only player constant throughout Phil Jackson's coaching tenure), Deng was on the roster for every Bulls playoff run post-MJ (though missing out on the 2005 and 2009 series due to late season-ending injuries) until being traded to the Cavaliers during the 2013–14 season. Made his first All-Star Appearance back in 2012. Has been praised for his defense on [=LeBron=] James. Was the first Bull since Michael Jordan (who also did twice in consecutive seasons) to lead the league in minutes per game, despite not being in the top ten of total minutes in either of the past two seasons.
** Also noted as being the unwitting trigger for the 2015 sale of the Atlanta Hawks.[[labelnote:Explanation]]In the 2014 offseason, several Hawks executives held a conference call regarding potential free agent signees. During the call, general manager Danny Ferry read from a background report in which a scout used racial stereotypes in reference to Deng. This launched an internal investigation which uncovered an email in which principal owner Bruce Levenson made several racial comments, most notably expressing concern that white fans might be scared away by black fans. Because the email came out during the Donald Sterling controversy, Levenson got one step ahead of the NBA posse, selling his controlling stake in the team, with his other (often-squabbling) partners selling their stakes as well.[[/labelnote]]
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* ''2016-17'': Golden State Warriors won over the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1.



[[folder:G League]]
The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or simply D-League) from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G League franchises for the 2018–19 season.

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[[folder:G-League]]
The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G League G-League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or simply D-League) from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G League G-League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G League G-League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G League G-League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G League G-League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch their own G League G-League franchises for the 2018–19 season.



!! Future Teams (for the 2017–18 G League season)

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!! Future Teams (for the 2017–18 G League G-League season)



** ''Most Recent Winner:'' [=LeBron=] James, SF/PF, Cavaliers

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** ''Most Recent Winner:'' [=LeBron=] James, SF/PF, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, SF, Warriors
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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or simply D-League) from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G League affiliate; however, the Pelicans are planning to launch a G League franchise for the 2018–19 season.

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The NBA [[ProductPlacement Gatorade]] League, or NBA G League (known as National Basketball Development League prior to 2005 and as the NBA Development League (or simply D-League) from 2005 until 2017), is the NBA's official minor league basketball organization, founded in 2001. While at first it was common for the G League teams to be affiliated with many franchises, all are now on a one-on-one basis, complete with the major leaguers owning most of the minors and at times employing the same franchise name; most G League franchises are now also located relatively close to their parent club to make G League assignments and call ups easier. As of May 2017, only 4 NBA teams (Nuggets, Pelicans, Trail Blazers, and Wizards) currently do not have their own G League affiliate; however, the Pelicans and Wizards are planning to launch a their own G League franchise franchises for the 2018–19 season.



* Delaware 87ers (76ers): AKA "Sevens', name refers to the year Delaware ratified the constitution. Founded as Utah Flash in 2007.
* Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Pacers): The PunnyName refers to the guy who named the city, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Being located in an Indiana city, have always been affiliated with the Pacers, but only in 2015 became a solo connection.

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* Delaware 87ers (76ers): AKA "Sevens', name refers to the year Delaware ratified the constitution. Founded as Utah Flash in 2007.
2007 and purchased by the Sixers and moved to Delaware in 2013.
* Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Pacers): The PunnyName refers to the guy who named the city, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. Being located in an Indiana city, have always been affiliated with the Pacers, but only in 2015 became a solo connection.connection by the Pacers buying the team.



* Raptors 905 (Raptors): 905 is the main area code for the Greater Toronto Area outside of the city of Toronto proper[[note]]905 is now one of three area codes that all cover suburban Toronto and the Niagara Peninsula, but it was the first one in use[[/note]] - the team plays in Mississauga, and like the parent company is currently the only team in Canada.

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* Raptors 905 (Raptors): 905 is the main area code for the Greater Toronto Area outside of the city of Toronto proper[[note]]905 is now one of three area codes that all cover suburban Toronto and the Niagara Peninsula, but it was the first one in use[[/note]] - the team plays in Mississauga, and like the parent company company, it is currently the only team in Canada.



* Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat): Actually dates back to [[LongRunners 1989]], having also played in the IBA and CBA.

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* Sioux Falls Skyforce (Heat): Actually dates back to [[LongRunners 1989]], having also played in the IBA and CBA. In 2017, the Heat purchased a controlling stake in the franchise.
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* Fox Valley (Bucks): To be based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.





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\n* Wisconsin Herd (Bucks): To be based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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* '''Nerlens Noel''' was drafted in 2013, but started playing the next year as a result of a torn ACL in his rookie season. He became a standout player in a Sixers team built to be as bad as possible, and has helped aid in their rebuild. Hopes are enhanced for when he has better teammates!
* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games.

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* '''Nerlens Noel''' was drafted in 2013, but started playing the next year as a result of a torn ACL in his rookie season. He became a standout player in a Sixers team built to be as bad as possible, and has helped aid in their rebuild. Hopes are enhanced for when he has better teammates!
* '''Joel Embiid''' was the Sixers doing again what happened with Noel: a player who did great in college but would sit out from his supposed debut year due to surgery (foot surgery in his case). The Cameroonian wound up missing a ''second'' year due to another surgery on the same foot, and didn't make his debut until the 2016–17 season. He made an immediate impact, and looked to have Rookie of the Year honors locked up... until [[GlassCannon getting hurt again]] (this time a torn meniscus) in January 2017; the Sixers shut him down for the rest of the season after 31 games. Also known for his larger-than-life social media presence (including hitting on Rihanna and Kim Kardashian on Twitter) and generally being a huge goofball while's he not on the court.
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