The NBA G League Ignite is a one-of-a-kind development team, consisting mostly of NBA Draft prospects from around the world.
The Ignite are focused on ensuring that the future stars receive the best available coaching and facilities to prepare them for the NBA Draft. In addition, the team will also provide their young talent with life skills training that includes financial education, community service involvement and scholarship opportunities.
The squad also includes multiple G League veterans, who will serve as mentors to the young prospects.
Who is on the Ignite roster?
The team is headlined by a group of high school prospects that are native to different countries, including India, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Philippines.
The talented bunch is headlined by shooting guard Jalen Green, the first player to commit to the program and a potential lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
|Player||Position||Age||NBA Draft Status||Nationality|
|Jalen Green||SG||18||2021 Draft Eligible||United States|
|Jonathan Kuminga||F||18||2021 Draft Eligible||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Daishen Nix||G/F||18||2021 Draft Eligible||United States|
|Princepal SIngh||C||20||2021 Draft Eligible||India|
|Kai Sotto||C||18||2021 Draft Eligible||Philippines|
|Isaiah Todd||PF||19||2021 Draft Eligible||United States|
|Jarrett Jack||G||37||2005 Rnd 1, Pick 22||United States|
|Amir Johnson||PF||33||2005 Rnd 2, Pick 26||United States|
|Bobby Brown||PG||36||2007 NBA Draft, Undrafted||United States|
|Reggie Hearn||G||29||2013 NBA Draft, Undrafted||United States|
|Brandon Ashley||F||26||2015 NBA Draft, Undrafted||United States|
|Cody Demps||G||27||2016 NBA Draft, Undrafted||United States|
|Donta Hall||PF||23||2019 NBA Draft, Undrafted||United States|
Green, Kuminga, Todd, Nix and Sotto are all listed on ESPN's top 100 rankings while Singh is the first-ever NBA Academy and NBA Academy India graduate to sign a G League contract.
"These players have a passion for the game and a desire to develop their skills for the next level and it brings us a lot of pride for them to blaze trails as inaugural members of NBA G League Ignite," said NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim when announcing Ignite as the team's name.
Who is on the Ignite coaching staff?
Five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw is the head coach of the young squad of elite NBA Draft prospects.
He represented seven teams in his 14-year NBA career, after which he transitioned to coaching. Shaw has a total of 13 years of coaching experience in the NBA, two as a head coach, the rest as an assistant.
Other members of the Ignite's coaching staff include assistant coach Rasheed Abdul-Rahman, video coordinator Jerry Woods and athletic trainer Pete Youngman.
What is the Ignite's 2021 season schedule?
The Ignite will play the same amount of games as the rest of the G League teams in the Orlando bubble - 15.
In their inaugural season, the Ignite will tip off the 2021 G League season when they take on Jeremy Lin and the Santa Cruz Warriors on Feb. 10 at 11 a.m ET.
|Day & Date||Opponent||Time (ET)|
|Wednesday, Feb. 10||Santa Cruz Warriors||11 a.m.|
|Friday, Feb. 12||at Oklahoma City||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 13||Raptors 905||7 p.m.|
|Monday, Feb. 15||at Iowa Wolves||3 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 17||at Erie Bayhawks||3 p.m.|
|Thursday, Feb. 18||at Westchester Knicks||7 p.m.|
|Sunday, Feb. 21||at Greensboro Swarm||3 p.m.|
|Monday, Feb. 22||Long Island Nets||3 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 24||at Memphis Hustle||3 p.m.|
|Friday, Feb. 26||Salt Lake City Stars||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||at Canton Charge||7 p.m.|
|Monday, March 1||at Delaware Blue Coats||3 p.m.|
|Wednesday, March 3||Agua Caliente Clippers||3 p.m.|
|Thursday, March 4||Rio Grande Valley Vipers||3 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 6||Austin Spurs||7 p.m.|
The Ignite will qualify for the playoffs if they finish among the top eight teams at the end of the 15 games.
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