The NBA G League season will officially start at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in the USA from February 10.
The G League is the National Basketball Association or the NBA's official minor league. This season, the roster includes 18 teams in total, including the newly-formed NBA G League Ignite.
Princepal Singh is only the fourth Indian prospect to be selected for a G League team after Satnam Singh, Palpreet Singh Brar and Amjyot Singh Gill. Satnam and Amjyot went on to feature for their respective G League teams but Palpreet never played.
“I am very excited. Just can’t wait to hit the court. I have heard a lot about the G-League and it’s a big deal for me," Princepal Singh told the Olympic Channel earlier.
“We have had two guys play in it before me, but I want to go a step beyond them and make it to the NBA roster,” the Indian hoopster added.
Princepal’s NBA G League Ignite team, coached by five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw, is a young developmental squad comprising elite NBA Draft prospects from around the world. A few veterans like Jarrett Jack and Amir Johnson are also in the roster to help mentor the youngsters.
Highly rated basketball talents like Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix of USA, Jonathan Kuminga of DR Congo and Philippines-born wonderkid Kai Sotto will be some of Princepal’s team-mates at Ignite this season.
With such cherry-picked basketball players at Ignite, Princepal will have to toil hard to get significant NBA G League playing time under his belt. But the experience and exposure is sure to have a positive impact on the 19-year-old’s career and NBA aspirations.
Apart from Ignite, all the other 17 G League teams are affiliated to NBA teams. Each team will play 15 games from February 10 to March 6 (March 7 in India). The top eight teams advance to the playoffs, which begin from March 8 and the season concludes with the final on March 11.
The season tips off with Ignite, in their inaugural NBA G League campaign, facing off against Santa Cruz Warriors (affiliate team of six-time NBA champions Golden State Warriors) on February 10.
Ignite’s full NBA G League 2021 schedule with live India match times
All times are in Indian Standard Time (IST)
Wednesday, February 10
NBA G League Ignite vs Santa Cruz Warriors – 9:30 PM IST
Saturday, February 13
NBA G League Ignite vs Oklahoma City – 1:30 AM IST
Sunday, February 14
NBA G League Ignite vs Raptors 905 – 5:30 AM IST
Tuesday, February 16
NBA G League Ignite vs Iowa Wolves – 1:30 AM IST
Thursday, February 18
NBA G League Ignite vs Erie Bayhawks – 1:30 AM IST
Friday, February 19
NBA G League Ignite vs Westchester Knicks – 5:30 AM IST
Monday, February 22
NBA G League Ignite vs Greensboro Swarm – 1:30 AM IST
Tuesday, February 23
NBA G League Ignite vs Long Island Nets – 1:30 AM IST
Thursday, February 25
NBA G League Ignite vs Memphis Hustle – 1:30 AM IST
Saturday, February 27
NBA G League Ignite vs Salt Lake City Stars – 1:30 AM IST
Sunday, February 28
NBA G League Ignite vs Canton Charge – 5:30 AM IST
Tuesday, March 2
NBA G League Ignite vs Delaware Blue Coats– 1:30 AM IST
Thursday, March 4
NBA G League Ignite vs Delaware Blue Coats – 1:30 AM IST
Friday, March 5
NBA G League Ignite vs Rio Grande Valley Vipers - 1:30 AM IST
Sunday, March 7
NBA G League Ignite vs Austin Spurs - 5:30 AM IST
The NBA G League will not be broadcast in India.