NBA G League Names Former Star As President

By Sree Varma | December 13, 2018

Former NBA star Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been appointed as President of the NBA G League, the league’s official minor league organisation.

Currently NBA Vice President of Basketball Operations, he will replace Malcolm Turner from January 11, 2019.

In his new role, Abdur-Rahim will be responsible for all aspects of the G League’s business and basketball operations, including the implementation of the newly formed professional path, ongoing testing of experimental rules and league-wide expansion efforts.

The former player  previously worked five years with the Sacramento Kings, serving as an assistant general manager and spent the 2013-14 season as General Manager of the NBA G League’s Reno Bighorns (now known as the Stockton Kings).

“I am thrilled to have this extraordinary opportunity with the NBA G League,” Abdur-Rahim said. “I’ve seen firsthand the NBA G League’s remarkable growth under Malcolm’s leadership, and I look forward to working with the players, teams and my colleagues to take the league to even greater heights.”

Under Turner’s four-year era, the NBA G League expanded by 10 teams (from 18 during the 2014-15 season to 28 for the 2019-20 season).

The name was changed from the NBA Development League to the NBA G League as part of a first-of-its-kind naming partnership with Gatorade.