Santa Cruz to host 2016 Showcase

The NBA Development League is finalizing plans to return to Santa Cruz, Calif., for the 2016 Showcase, the annual gathering of every team for several days of games that draws front offices from around the NBA and overseas as a scouting bonanza.

Final details need to be resolved. But barring unexpected complications, an announcement is expected within about six weeks.

The D-League had considered rotating the Showcase among different cities each year, similar to the NBA with All-Star weekend, and also weighed making Las Vegas the semi-permanent home as the latest strengthening of ties with the NBA. Both scenarios will likely remain as options for future years, but D-League officials received so much positive feedback after Santa Cruz hosted the 2015 event in January that it was the only destination that appeared to receive serious consideration.

Santa Cruz, the home of the Golden State Warriors’ affiliate, is about 75 miles south of San Francisco on California’s Central Coast. The site received high marks from visitors for the gym, Kaiser Permanente Arena, the many dining options within walking distance during breaks and the organizing by the host team. It didn’t hurt that temperatures in January were usually in the 70s during the days with abundant sunshine.

The Santa Cruz Warriors also won the D-League championship in April.

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