GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTOBER 27: Blake Ahearn (R) of the USA scores against Wellington Santos (R) of Brazil during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match between the U.S. and Brazil during Day 13 of the XVI Pan American Games at CODE Alcalde on October 27, 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)
The NBA D-League showcase tips off on Monday beginning a stretch of 16 games over four days that brings all of the top D-League talent to one place which will be heavily attended by NBA front office personnel. This season's showcase will be hosted by the Atlanta Hawks' D-League affiliate the Reno Bighorns and will be played at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. NBA TV will air eight games of the showcase live and will broadcast 12 games total beginning Monday afternoon at 1 p.m. All of the game are available to be watched online with NBA Futurecast.
The Reno Bighorns enter the showcase with an 8-9 record and are facing a difficult schedule. The Bighorns will take on Rio Grande Valley Monday night and will continue play on Wednesday against the Iowa Energy. Reno does feature a player that is likely to draw a lot of interest at the showcase in 6-foot-3 guard Blake Ahearn who is averaging 25.4 points and 6.1 assists per game this season.
Here is a look at the full D-League Schedule:
2012 NBA D-League Showcase Schedule (all game times local)
Date Game Tip-Off Air Time Jan. 9 Idaho Stampede @ Erie BayHawks 10 a.m. NBA TV (Live 1 p.m. ET) Jan. 9 Springfield Armor @ Los Angeles D-Fenders 12:45 p.m. NBA TV (Live 3:45 p.m. ET) Jan. 9 Ft. Wayne Mad Ants @ Bakersfield Jam 4 p.m.* Jan. 9 Reno Bighorns @ Rio Grande Valley Vipers 7 p.m.* Jan. 10 Maine Red Claws @ Sioux Falls Skyforce 10 a.m. NBA TV (Live 1 p.m. ET) Jan. 10 Erie BayHawks @ Austin Toros 12:45 p.m. NBA TV (Live 3:45 p.m. ET) Jan. 10 Texas Legends @ Tulsa 66ers 3:30 p.m.+ Jan. 10 Dakota Wizards @ Canton Charge 7 p.m.+ Jan. 11 Los Angeles D-Fenders @ Maine Red Claws 10 a.m. NBA TV (Live 1 p.m. ET) Jan. 11 Bakersfield Jam @ Idaho Stampede 12:45 p.m. NBA TV (Live 3:45 p.m. ET) Jan. 11 Sioux Falls Skyforce @ Texas Legends 3:30 p.m.# Jan. 11 Iowa Energy @ Reno Bighorns 7 p.m.# Jan. 12 Austin Toros @ Dakota Wizards 10 a.m. NBA TV (Live 1 p.m. ET) Jan. 12 Tulsa 66ers @ Ft. Wayne Mad Ants 12:45 p.m. NBA TV (Live 3:45 p.m. ET) Jan. 12 Rio Grande Valley Vipers @ Springfield Armor 3:30 p.m.^ Jan. 12 Canton Charge @ Iowa Energy 7 p.m.^
* One of these two games will be shown on NBA TV on Jan. 10 (11.a.m. ET)
+ One of these two games will be shown on NBA TV on Jan. 11 (11.a.m. ET)
# One of these two games will be shown on NBA TV on Jan. 12 (11 a.m. ET)
^ One of these two games will be shown on NBA TV on Jan. 13 (1 p.m. ET)