The NBA had a lot of success with their “Disney Bubble” in 2020 and now it appears the NBA G League is going to follow in their footsteps. The developmental league plans to begin its 2021 season in February at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

  • The NBA G League shut down in March, following the NBA’s lead. Only the G League hasn’t played another game since.
  • According to CBS Sports, the league now plans to start its 2021 season (which would have been its 2020-2021 season) in February at the same facility the NBA used to restart its season – the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World.
  • The G League will implement the very successful bubble environment to carry out its season.
  • Teams are expected to play 12-15 games in the regular season before beginning playoffs.
  • Here is the current timeline for the NBA G League:
    • January 11: 2021 G League Draft
    • January 19: Players report to their home markets for physicals and pre-season process
    • January 26: Teams arrive at the bubble in Orlando
    • February 8: Opening night
    • March 5-9: Playoffs
  • Not every team in the league plans to participate in the 2021 season however. It has been estimated that it will cost teams $400,000-$500,000 to send their team to the bubble and therefore the following 11 teams will not be participating:
    • Capital City Go-Go — Washington Wizards (will use BayHawks along with Pelicans)
    • College Park Skyhawks — Atlanta Hawks
    • Grand Rapids Drive — Detroit Pistons
    • Maine Red Claws — Boston Celtics
    • Northern Arizona Suns — Phoenix Suns
    • Sioux Falls Skyforce — Miami Heat
    • South Bay Lakers — Los Angeles Lakers
    • Stockton Kings — Sacramento Kings
    • Texas Legends — Dallas Mavericks
    • Windy City Bulls — Chicago Bulls
    • Wisconsin Herd — Milwaukee Bucks