The South Bay Lakers’ complete 2022-23 schedule was announced today. South Bay, beginning its 16th campaign in the NBA G League and led by head coach Miles Simon and two-way players Scotty Pippen Jr., and Cole Swider will open the season at home against the Stockton Kings on Saturday, Nov. 5, inside UCLA Health Training Center.
The NBA G League is continuing its innovative structure from seasons past which includes two parts: Showcase Cup, and a traditional regular season. The Showcase Cup will add an additional two games this year, making up the first 18 games of the season. Following that, a traditional 32-game regular season will ensue.
The Showcase Cup is a competition featuring all 30 teams that will culminate at the NBA G League Winter Showcase with the Showcase Cup Championship Game. Teams will be separated into four regional pods where they will play against one another in NBA G League markets. The teams with the best-winning percentage in each pod, as well as the four teams with the next-best win-percentage across the league, will go on to play for the Showcase Cup in a single-elimination tournament at the Winter Showcase between Dec. 19-22. The remaining teams that do not qualify for the Championship will each play an additional two games each at the Winter Showcase outside of the tournament format.
Following the Showcase Cup, NBA G League team records will reset and starting Dec. 27, a traditional 32-game regular season will be played, putting each team’s total games played at 50. The top six teams in each conference will earn a spot in the NBA G League Playoffs.
South Bay’s schedule features 24 home contests, 11 of which take place on Friday, Saturday or Sunday with highlighting the G League’s emphasis on weekend matchups this season. The league’s priority of reducing travel sees the team take only two major road trips; one four-game, seven-day trip from Nov. 17-23 and a five-game, 11-day road trip from Feb. 5-15.
South Bay will end the regular season with eight of its final 11 games at home from Feb. to March 25. The team closes out the regular season at home against the G League Ignite.