Raptors 905: Frequently Asked Questions
Why Raptors 905?
The inclusion of the parent club’s moniker links the two teams and keeps an identity on the Raptors brand. The 905 pays homage to where the team is located in Mississauga and the rapid growth of Toronto’s suburbs.
What is the 905?
The 905 is the area code used for the Greater Toronto Area. The GTA is home to 3.4 million people, including 828, 854 in Mississauga alone. There are numerous players currently on NBA rosters that grew up in the 905 region, including Cory Joseph, Andrew Wiggins, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Oshae Brissett, Dwight Powell and Tristan Thompson.
What is the NBA G League?
The NBA G League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams — all with one-to-one affiliations with NBA franchises — in the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
The official website of the NBA G League is NBAGLeague.com. You can also download the NBA G League mobile app for iOs and Android devices. On social media, you can follow the NBA G League on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Twitch and Snapchat (“nbagleague”).
How do NBA G League contracts work? CHANGE TO G LEAGUE PATH
There are 10 different paths a player can take to the NBA G League:
- NBA teams can assign players to their NBA G League affiliate and recall them at any time.
- NBA teams can sign players with four years of service or fewer to two-way contracts, allowing them to retain their rights while the player spends the bulk of the season in the NBA G League.
- NBA teams can draft players and sign them to NBA G League contracts, thus retaining their rights through the “Draft Rights Player” rule.
- NBA teams can designate up to four players that they cut during training camp as “affiliate players,” meaning those players will join that team’s NBA G League affiliate (should the players choose to sign into the NBA G League). These players are signed under contract with the league rather than the team, however, meaning they are technically free agents who can be called up to any of the 30 NBA teams.
- NBA G League teams hold local tryouts each offseason and can invite up to four players from these tryouts to their training camps.
- The NBA G League holds a draft every year consisting of nearly 150 players who have signed contracts with the league. It lasts four rounds and teams only have to make two selections.
- Players who return to the NBA G League are, by rule, re-acquired by the teams that they played for within the last two seasons (Returning Players).
- Once the NBA G League season begins, players who sign NBA G League contracts are placed into a rotating waiver pool so that teams can claim them.
- If a player from high school, college or overseas enters the NBA G League without ever having declared for the NBA Draft, he will also join the waiver pool. That player remains NBA Draft-eligible but is not eligible to be called up to the NBA.
- Select Contracts will be available beginning with the 2019-20 season to elite prospects who are eligible to play in the NBA G League but not yet eligible for the NBA, as part of a comprehensive professional path. The contracts, which will include robust programmatic opportunities for development, are for elite players who are at least 18 years old and will pay $125,000 for the five-month season.
What is the NBA G League Showcase?
Showcase is the NBA G League’s annual in-season scouting event, when all of the league’s teams converge in one city to play in front of NBA general managers and player personnel executives from all 30 NBA teams.
Is there an NBA G League All-Star Game?
No. The NBA G League All-Star was replaced by the naming of NBA Midseason ALL NBA G League Teams, on for each conference. Raptors 905 have had three players named to this team; Chris Boucher, Jordan Loyd and Paul Watson Jr.
How do playoffs in the NBA G League work?
The following four-round, 12-team playoff format was introduced prior to the 2017-18 NBA G League season:
The team with the best regular-season record in each division automatically qualifies for the postseason as one of six “division winners.” The additional six playoff berths will be filled by the three “wild card” teams in each conference with the best regular-season records, other than the division winners.
Winners of the division are not guaranteed a top-three spot. They are only guaranteed a playoff spot. Playoffs for each conference will consist of three wildcard teams and three division winners and seeding will consist of overall record. The top two seeds in each conference will earn a bye into the second round. The playoffs will begin with three single-elimination rounds before culminating with a best-of-three NBA G League Finals, which will be played in a one-one-one format.
Where can I see games?
All Raptors 905 home games are broadcast on NBA TV Canada, while all games will be shown on gleague.nba.com. Select games are also streamed on ESPN+ (not available in Canada) and Twitch.
Where can I buy tickets?
To learn more about Raptors 905 ticket options please visit our Ticket Central Page.
To speak with a Raptors 905 ticketing representative, please call 905-458-DUNK (3865) or e-mail Tickets@Raptors905.com.