Grand Rapids NBA D-League Team

Grand Rapids NBA D-League Team

Grand Rapids Drive
Grand Rapids Drive

The Grand Rapids-based NBA D-League Team, affiliate of the Detroit Pistons, officially got a name today. The team will be known as the Grand Rapids Drive and will begin play this fall.

The Drive will play their home games at the 4500-seat DealtaPlex Arena in Walker, just west of Grand Rapids. Tickets for GR Drive games will start at as low as $10.

The team has been busy preparing for the upcoming inaugural season, selling season tickets, filling roster spots and hosting dance team tryouts earlier this month.

The D-League (D for “Development”) is the minor league system for the NBA. The D-League provides an opportunity for players that may not be NBA-ready to continue to develop after college. Teams like the Pistons are able to call players up from their D-League affiliates throughout the season as needed.

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