How To Try Out For The NBA G-League: A Can’t Miss, Step-By-Step Guide

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Trying out for the NBA G-League is a hot topic amongst many fledgling/not-even-close-to-serious basketball players, and for good reasons:

  1. It’s pretty simple and easy: Pay $100-200, show up for one day (often with negligible associated travel costs), play some ball, and maybe, just maybe, you make it.
  2. It’s as far as many people will go to make their basketball “dreams” happen — little effort, not much planning required, relatively low investment. For these people, those “dreams” are, as Chin-Ning Chu states in Thick Face, Black Heart, “just idle ruminations” — something you say because it sounds cool and ambitious, but you have no real plans to do anything that approaches inconvenience to make them come to fruition.
  3. Piggybacking on #2, it sounds, to the untrained ear, as if you’re serious about doing something in the profession of basketball when you know you’re not. “Oh, Pookie is trying out for the G-League on Sunday?! He’s serious about this basketball thing!” FOH. [Cynical much, Dre? Just humor me — I’ve seen and heard a lot when it comes to pro basketball and the people who claim they wanna be involved.]

That being said, this is another one of those I-shouldn’t-even-be-writing-this posts. Why?

  1. If you, Mr. Basketball Player, are serious about trying out for the G-League, you would go find the information yourself and do what you needed to do to make that tryout opportunity happen. It’s not like info on the G-League is hidden away somewhere hard to find.
  2. There is no indication, anywhere, that would have you believe I am some authority on the NBA G-Legaue. I haven’t even played in it myself! Haha… And, maybe it’s just me, but if I want information on a basketball league, I’m going straight to the source: The league itself, or someone who works there — not some random player who may or may not have accurate/updated information. But that’s just me.
  3. Because most of the people who write me some dumbass email/comment in the vein of “How do I tryout for the G-League?” aren’t even halfway serious about it, but since they see the way I respond to inquiries on my site, they figure it’s worth a try. And dammit, since I’m writing this post, I guess it works! Ha.

How To Try Out For The NBA D-League A Step-By-Step Guide dre baldwin dreallday.comSo, without further ado, here is your can’t-miss strategy guide for trying out for the NBA G-League:

  1. I’m pretty sure 18 is the minimum age; you can check on that at the link in #3.
  2. It does not matter where you have or have not played before, as far as getting on the court and trying out goes. As for making it? That is another story.
  3. Decide if you will attend a local tryout or the National G-League Tryout. All of that info, when and if available, will be on the G-League website. (This sentence alone can be this entire post, but bear with me — not everyone is as smart as you, OK? Tolerance.)
  4. Pre-Register for the camp you’ve decided on, and pay in advance — in my experience, pre-registration costs are lower than what you’d pay at the door, so you have an incentive to plan ahead.
  5. Get ready by WOYFG and being in shape. You know, like a basketball player is supposed to be doing without being told to.
  6. Show up and perform. What should you expect? You should expect to play basketball.  I don’t really get why players always ask this, but dammit, if I can milk page views from answering it, so be it — I wrote an entire post about this very question. Help me out here.
  7. You are now at the mercy of the decision-makers. Your opinion of your game/readiness/performance doesn’t matter if it doesn’t jibe with theirs. Such is the life of a seller in buyer’s market. Good luck!

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