NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2023 – NBA G League referees Intae Hwang and Sha’Rae Mitchell have been named full-time NBA staff officials for the 2023-24 season, it was announced today by Monty McCutchen, NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training.
“We are thrilled to welcome Intae and Sha’Rae to our full-time staff,” said McCutchen. “They have excelled in their performance areas and earned the right to officiate NBA games on a regular basis.”
In addition to their NBA assignments this season, Hwang and Mitchell will continue to officiate NBA G League games. All NBA referees with fewer than four years of service in the NBA work NBA G League games to gain additional experience as crew chiefs and develop as leaders.
A South Korean native, Hwang refereed seven regular-season games as a non-staff official during the 2022-23 NBA season. He has officiated two seasons in the NBA G League and one season in the WNBA. Hwang also has 15 years of experience as a FIBA official, including the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
Mitchell refereed 11 regular-season games as a non-staff official during the 2022-23 NBA season. She has officiated five seasons in the NBA G League and two seasons in the WNBA. The California native also has five years of officiating experience in college basketball, with assignments in the Pac-12, West Coast, Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences.
The 2023-24 NBA regular season will tip off on Tuesday, Oct. 24 with a doubleheader on TNT as the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets host the Los Angeles Lakers (7:30 p.m. ET) and the Phoenix Suns visit the Golden State Warriors (10 p.m. ET).
For the complete list of 2023-24 NBA game officials, click here.