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2017–18 NBA season

The 2017–18 NBA season was the 72nd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 17, 2017, earlier than previous seasons to reduce the number of "back-to-back" games teams were scheduled to play,[1] with the 2017 Eastern Conference champion (and Finals runner–up) Cleveland Cavaliers hosting a game against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[2] The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 18, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was named the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. The regular season ended on April 11, 2018. The playoffs began on April 14, 2018[3] and ended on June 8 with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.

2017–18 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 17, 2017 – April 11, 2018
April 14 – May 28, 2018 (Playoffs)
May 31 – June 8, 2018 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickMarkelle Fultz
Picked byPhiladelphia 76ers
Regular season
Top seedHouston Rockets
Season MVPJames Harden (Houston)
Top scorerJames Harden (Houston)
Playoffs
Eastern championsCleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-upBoston Celtics
Western championsGolden State Warriors
  Western runners-upHouston Rockets
Finals
ChampionsGolden State Warriors
  Runners-upCleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVPKevin Durant (Golden State)
NBA seasons

Contents

TransactionsEdit

RetirementEdit

  • On July 17, 2017, Paul Pierce signed a ceremonial contract with the Boston Celtics and officially retired as a Celtic after playing 19 seasons and winning one championship with the Celtics in 2008.[4]
  • On July 19, 2017, James Jones was announced to be the vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, which signified his retirement after playing 14 seasons and winning two championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 and one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.[5]
  • On August 4, 2017, Jason Maxiell signed a ceremonial contract with the Detroit Pistons and officially retired after playing 10 seasons.[6]
  • On August 15, 2017, Tayshaun Prince was announced to be assistant general manager for the Memphis Grizzlies, which signified his retirement after playing 15 seasons and winning one championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004.[7]
  • On September 2, 2017, Primož Brezec announced his retirement after 21 professional seasons. Brezec had played in Russia, Cyprus, Kuwait, and his native country Slovenia since last playing in the NBA during the 2009–10 NBA season.[8]
  • On October 23, 2017, Metta World Peace was hired as player development coach for the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA G League affiliate, thus ending his 18-year playing career with the NBA. During his career, he won one championship with the LA Lakers in 2010.
  • On November 19, 2017, David Lee announced his retirement from the NBA via Instagram. Lee won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
  • On December 11, 2017, Matt Barnes announced his retirement from the NBA via Instagram. Barnes won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in June 2017.
  • On February 8, 2018, Caron Butler announced his retirement after 14 professional seasons. Butler won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.[9]
  • On February 19, 2018, Tiago Splitter announced his retirement from basketball due to a hip injury. Splitter won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.[10]

In-season tradesEdit

Free agencyEdit

Free agency negotiations began on July 1. Players began signing on July 6, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching changes
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Phoenix Suns Earl Watson Jay Triano (interim)
Memphis Grizzlies David Fizdale J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
Milwaukee Bucks Jason Kidd Joe Prunty (interim)

Off-seasonEdit

For the first time since the inauguration of the BAA, there would be no coaching changes going from the previous season to entering the regular season.[11] In fact, the 536 days from Dave Joerger being fired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies to the day the Phoenix Suns fired Earl Watson as head coach would be the longest period in NBA history without any coaching changes occur. The last time no head coaches were hired in the off-season occurred during the 1975–76 season.[12]

In-seasonEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason began on September 30 and ended on October 13.

International gamesEdit

The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves played two preseason games in China, at Shenzhen on October 5 and Shanghai on October 8.[17] Minnesota won the first game 111–97, while Golden State emerged victorious in the second one, 142–110.

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on October 17, 2017 and ended on April 11, 2018.

By conferenceEdit

Notes

  • z – Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs
  • c – Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs
  • y – Clinched division title
  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • * – Division leader

TiebreakersEdit

Eastern Conference
  • By winning its division, Miami automatically won the tie-breaker and clinched #6 seed over Milwaukee.
Western Conference
  • Oklahoma City, Utah, and New Orleans were seeded based on record in games against each other (OKC: 4–3, UTAH: 4–4, NO: 3–4).
  • San Antonio clinched #7 seed over Minnesota based on head-to-head record (2–1).

International gamesEdit

On August 9, 2017, the NBA announced that the Brooklyn Nets would play two regular season games at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. On December 7, 2017, the Nets played against the Oklahoma City Thunder and on December 9, 2017, they matched up against the Miami Heat.[18] The Nets prevailed 100–95 over the Thunder in their first game, but lost to the Heat 101–89 in their second game.

On August 10, 2017, the NBA announced that the Philadelphia 76ers would play the Boston Celtics at The O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom on January 11, 2018.[19] The Celtics won the game 114−103.

PlayoffsEdit

The 2018 NBA Playoffs began on Saturday, April 14, 2018, ESPN aired the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals and TNT aired the 2018 Western Conference Finals. For the first time since 1979 both Conference Finals series went to a deciding Game 7. The season ended with the 2018 NBA Finals which began on May 31, 2018 and ended on June 8, 2018 on ABC.

BracketEdit

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Toronto* 4  
E8 Washington 2  
  E1 Toronto* 0  
  E4 Cleveland* 4  
E4 Cleveland* 4
E5 Indiana 3  
  E4 Cleveland* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Boston 3  
E3 Philadelphia 4  
E6 Miami* 1  
  E3 Philadelphia 1
  E2 Boston 4  
E2 Boston 4
E7 Milwaukee 3  
  E4 Cleveland* 0
  W2 Golden State* 4
W1 Houston* 4  
W8 Minnesota 1  
  W1 Houston* 4
  W5 Utah 1  
W4 Oklahoma City 2
W5 Utah 4  
  W1 Houston* 3
Western Conference
  W2 Golden State* 4  
W3 Portland* 0  
W6 New Orleans 4  
  W6 New Orleans 1
  W2 Golden State* 4  
W2 Golden State* 4
W7 San Antonio 1  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


StatisticsEdit

Individual statistic leadersEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 30.4
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 16.0
Assists per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 10.3
Steals per game Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers 2.4
Blocks per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2.6
Turnovers per game DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans 5.0
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans 3.8
Minutes per game LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 37.3
FG% Clint Capela Houston Rockets 65.2%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 92.2%
3FG% Darren Collison Indiana Pacers 46.8%
Efficiency per game James Harden Houston Rockets 29.87
Double-doubles Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 68
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 25

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points James Harden Houston Rockets 60
Rebounds Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets 30
Assists Rajon Rondo New Orleans Pelicans 25
Steals Lou Williams Los Angeles Clippers 10
Blocks Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 10
Three pointers Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 10
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

Team statistic leadersEdit

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 113.5
Rebounds per game Philadelphia 76ers 47.4
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 29.3
Steals per game Oklahoma City Thunder 9.1
Blocks per game Golden State Warriors 7.5
Turnovers per game Philadelphia 76ers 15.9
FG% Golden State Warriors 50.3%
FT% Golden State Warriors 81.5%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 39.1%
+/− Houston Rockets +8.5

AwardsEdit

Yearly awardsEdit

Awards were presented at the NBA Awards ceremony, which were held on June 25. Finalists for voted awards were announced during the playoffs and winners were presented at the award ceremony. The All-NBA Team were announced in advance in order for teams to have all the necessary information to make offseason preparations.

2017–18 NBA awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists[20]
Most Valuable Player James Harden (Houston Rockets) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
Coach of the Year Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz)
Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics)
Executive of the Year Daryl Morey (Houston Rockets)
NBA Sportsmanship Award Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award J. J. Barea (Dallas Mavericks)
Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award Jamal Crawford (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Community Assist Award Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

Players of the WeekEdit

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October 17–22 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/5) [24]
October 23–29 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (1/3) DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [25]
October 30 – November 5 Kristaps Porziņģis (New York Knicks) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/5) [26]
November 6–12 Tobias Harris (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (1/2) [27]
November 13–19 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/5) Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [28]
November 20–26 Goran Dragić (Miami Heat) (1/2) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/2) [29][30]
November 27 – December 3 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/4) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/5) [31][32]
December 4–10 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (2/3) Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [33][34]
December 11–17 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/4) Chris Paul (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [35][36]
December 18–24 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (2/5) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [37][38]
December 25–31 Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/2) [39][40]
January 1–7 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (3/5) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [41][42]
January 8–14 Goran Dragić (Miami Heat) (2/2) Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) (2/2) [43][44]
January 15–21 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/3) [45][46]
January 22–28 Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [47][48]
January 29 – February 4 Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (4/5) [49][50]
February 5–11 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (5/5) [51][52]
February 26 – March 4 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (4/5) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (2/2) [53][54]
March 5–11 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (5/5) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/3) [55][56]
March 12–18 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/4) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [57][58]
March 19–25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/4) LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [59][60]
March 26 – April 1 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (3/3) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (3/3) [61][62]
April 2–8 Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (2/2) [63][64]

Players of the MonthEdit

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/4) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [65]
December LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/4) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [66]
January DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [67]
February LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/4) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/2) [68]
March/April LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/4) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (2/2) [69]

Rookies of the MonthEdit

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/4) Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [70]
December Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (1/4) [71]
January Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (2/4) [72]
February Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (3/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (3/4) [73]
March/April Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (4/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (4/4) [74]

Coaches of the MonthEdit

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [75]
December Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [76]
January Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Terry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [77]
February Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [78][79]
March/April Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [80][81]

ArenasEdit

MediaEdit

This is the second season of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

The Chicago Bulls experienced a mid-season change in their broadcast partner due to the Cumulus Media Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing nulling and voiding many broadcasting agreements. The team's games moved from Cumulus's WLS to Entercom's WSCR on February 3, 2018.[87]

UniformsEdit

  • Nike is the official uniform provider beginning with the 2017–18 season.[88] During this time, each team was provided with four different jersey apparel that were displayed throughout the seasons: the "Association Edition", "Icon Edition", "Statement Edition" (tentatively called the "Athlete's Mindset Edition"), and "City Edition" (tentatively called the "Community Edition") jerseys replaced the more typical home and road jersey ideas with alternatives also being included every now and then as well. In addition to those jerseys, eight teams were also provided a "Classic Edition" jersey to commemorate some of their past designs throughout the season. For the first time in league history, the manufacturer's logo appeared on the team uniforms, making the NBA the last professional sports league in North America to have the manufacturer's logo appear on the team uniforms.[89]
  • The NBA became the first major US sports league to eliminate the distinction between home and road uniforms. Home teams are now allowed to wear their choice of uniforms, while away teams may wear any color that contrasts sufficiently with the home team's choice.[90]
  • The Charlotte Hornets used an Air Jordan-branded apparel, which is endorsed by their owner Michael Jordan and is owned by Nike.[91]
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers debuted their new uniforms for the 2017–18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 31, 2017.[92]
  • The Detroit Pistons debuted their new uniforms for the 2017–18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 17, 2017.[93]
  • The Indiana Pacers debuted their new uniforms for the 2017–18 season after unveiling new alternate logos and home floor along with their uniforms on July 28, 2017.[94][95]
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves debuted their new uniforms for the 2017–18 season after unveiling the new logo on April 11, 2017,[96] and unveiling their new uniforms on August 10, 2017.[97]
  • The Portland Trail Blazers debuted their new uniforms for the 2017–18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 8, 2017,[98] and unveiling their new uniforms on July 29, 2017.[99]
  • Air Jordan-branded apparel were used during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which is endorsed by the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, and is owned by Nike.

Uniform sponsorshipsEdit

Advertisements began to appear on league uniforms. With this, the NBA became the first of the "Big Four" North American professional sports league to use corporate sponsorship patches on its jerseys.[100] As of March 6, 2018, there were 21 NBA teams that had signed uniform sponsorship contracts:

Nine teams that did not sign a uniform sponsorship contract during the 2017–18 season: Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.

Notable occurrencesEdit

  • On July 6, 2017, the NBA unveiled an update to its logo, featuring new typography and a modified color scheme.[122]
  • The regular season started eight days earlier than the previous season. This move by the NBA aims for fewer "back-to-back" games, even fewer than the previous season which had already reached an all-time low to help address teams that were "resting" their superstars.[1]
  • The NBA decreased the maximum number of timeouts in a regulation game from 18 to 14. The three team timeouts during the last two minutes of the game were also decreased to two per team in the last three minutes to improve the flow and pace of the game.[123]
  • The trade deadline was moved from four days after the NBA All-Star Game to ten days before it, so teams can settle their rosters before the All-Star break.[124]
  • Free-throw shooters were assessed a delay-of-game violation if they venture outside of the three-point line in between attempts.[125]
  • The NBA also added two-way contracted players, signifying an increasing partnership between the NBA and the newly branded NBA G League.[126]
  • Referees can now assess dangerous closeouts of defenders to jump shooters with little space to land for a technical or a flagrant foul. Informally dubbed as the "Zaza Pachulia rule".[127][128] Also, officials can now assess if a player is in a shooting motion when determining if a perimeter foul is a shooting or a common foul. The type of foul was determined on the sequencing of the player's movement if the foul happens before or after the player starts a shooting motion. Additionally, they can also assess an offensive foul if an offensive player intentionally lunges into the defender or locks arms to create contact, a rule informally dubbed as the "Harden rule".[129][130]
  • On September 28, 2017, the NBA board of governors approved the changes to the draft lottery system to discourage teams from losing on purpose. Starting with the 2018–19 NBA season, the teams with the three worst records had equal odds at the #1 pick. In addition, the revised draft lottery consisted of selecting the top four teams instead of the usual three that occurred for over two decades.[131] The approval for the change was nearly unanimous, with only the Oklahoma City Thunder voting against the change and the Dallas Mavericks abstaining from voting.[132]
  • On October 3, 2017, the NBA and NBPA announced the changes to the NBA All-Star Game format. The vote leaders for each conferences were assigned as team captains and were able to select players from the rest of the starters and the reserves, regardless of the conference they play in, to form their own teams. The newly formed teams also played for a charity of choice to help the games remain competitive. This marked the first time, the conferences did not play against each other since the inaugural All-Star game. Selection process remained the same.[133]
  • On October 17, 2017, during the season opener with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward landed awkwardly on his ankle with his behind after attempting an alley-oop off a pass from Kyrie Irving. He suffered a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia five minutes into the game in his debut as a Celtic.[134]
  • On October 18, 2017, Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin fell to the ground hard after making a layup when playing the Indiana Pacers, causing him to miss the entire season. He suffered a ruptured patellar tendon of his right knee.
  • That same day, in the season opening game for the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, the Trail Blazers would defeat the Suns 124–76 in what would be the greatest deficit for a season-opening game in league history.
  • On October 25, 2017, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, normally a frontcourt player, recorded his 56th career triple-double and 1st career triple-double as starting point guard.
  • On October 28, 2017, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to record a triple double against all 29 opposing teams.
  • On November 3, 2017, LeBron James scored 57 points for the night and his 29,000th career point, becoming the youngest player, and just the seventh overall, to reach that mark (32 years, 309 days). LeBron James also passed both Kevin Garnett for 12th on the NBA's all-time field goals list (with 10,506 career field goals to his name) and passed John Havlicek for 11th on the NBA's all-time field goals list with 10,514 career field goals.
  • On November 7, 2017, Ben Simmons became the only player in NBA history with at least 170 points, 100 rebounds and 80 assists in his team's first 10 games.[135]
  • On November 7, 2017, the Sacramento Kings set a record for most points scored before a starter scored. The King's bench scored the team's first 29 points before Willie Cauley-Stein scored a free throw at 4:08 of the second quarter. The previous record was held by the Milwaukee Bucks at 23 points set on April 5, 2011 against the Orlando Magic.[136]
  • On November 11, 2017, Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at 20 years and 15 days old. He recorded 19 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds. The previous record holder was LeBron James' at 20 years and 20 days old.[137]
  • On November 14, 2017, the Boston Celtics became the first team in NBA history to win at least 13 straight games after starting the season 0–2.[138] The winning streak ended at 16 when they lost to the Miami Heat on November 22, 2017.[139]
  • On November 15, 2017, the Atlanta Hawks set a franchise record for their largest margin of victory in a win against the Sacramento Kings at 46 points, 126-80. The previous record was set on February 12, 1965 at a 44-point margin when the St. Louis Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets, 144–100.[140]
  • On November 28, 2017, LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his career after contesting a non-call following a drive to the basket against the Miami Heat. He had gone 1,081 games without disqualification.[141]
  • On December 1, 2017, Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz set a rookie franchise record after scoring 41 points against the New Orleans Pelicans. So far, it is the highest scoring game for a rookie this season.[142]
  • On December 1, 2017, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors passed Jason Kidd for eighth place on the NBA's all-time list for three-pointers made.[143]
  • On December 4, 2017, Stephen Curry hit his 2,000th career three-pointer. He became the fastest to reach the milestone at 597 games, 225 games fewer than Ray Allen, the previous record-holder.[144]
  • On December 11, 2017, Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder passed Vince Carter for 22nd on the NBA all-time scoring list.[145]
  • On December 14, 2017, Vince Carter moved to 50th all-time in career steals, passing Tim Hardaway in the process.
  • On December 16, 2017, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra surpassed Pat Riley for most wins in franchise history with his 455th career win.[146]
  • On December 18, 2017, during halftime against the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers held a ceremony to retire both of Kobe Bryant's jersey numbers in 8 and 24 in the Staples Center.[147]
  • That same day, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame updates the length for players, coaches, and referees eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame to decrease by three years, allowing names like Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups, Ray Allen, and Jermaine O'Neal to potentially enter earlier than originally expected.[148]
  • On December 25, 2017, in a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond Green became the sixth player in NBA history to record a triple double on Christmas Day.
  • On January 1, 2018, DeMar DeRozan recorded the first 50-point performance of the year against the Milwaukee Bucks. He also broke the Toronto Raptors' franchise record for points with 52.[149]
  • On January 4, 2018, Carmelo Anthony passed Patrick Ewing for 21st on the NBA all-time scoring list.[150]
  • On January 8, 2018, Kyle Korver of the Cleveland Cavaliers passed Paul Pierce in career 3-pointers made for fourth place.[151]
  • On January 15, 2018, Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls became the fastest player to reach 100 3-pointers. He did it in 41 games, beating Damian Lillard's record of 44 games.[152]
  • On January 23, 2018, LeBron James scored his 30,000th point at the age of 33 years old and 24 days surpassing Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to do so, as well as being just the 7th player to join the 30,000-point club. Additionally, he became the first player in NBA history with 30,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists.[153]
  • On January 27, 2018, Carmelo Anthony became the 21st player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points.[154]
  • On January 28, 2018, Manu Ginóbili and Vince Carter, marked the first time in NBA history that two 40 year-old players scored 15 points or more in the same game with Ginóbili scoring 15 points and Carter scoring 21 points.[155]
  • On January 30, 2018, James Harden becomes the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double with at least 60 points scored in a game, he recorded 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. This marks the highest scored points for a player with a triple-double. He also set a franchise scoring record that was previously held by Calvin Murphy.[156]
  • On February 5, 2018, Dirk Nowitzki became the 6th player in NBA history to reach 50,000 minutes played. He also surpassed Elvin Hayes for top 5 in the process. Coincidentally, his name was incorrectly spelled as "Nowitkzi" on his jersey.[157]
  • On February 11, 2018, during halftime against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics held a ceremony to retire Paul Pierce's jersey number 34 in TD Garden rafters. This was the first time since 1994–95 both Celtics and Lakers have retired their jersey number.
  • On February 12, 2018, T. J. McConnell of the Philadelphia 76ers recorded a triple-double while coming off the bench, this marks the first time in franchise history that a reserve recorded a triple-double. He recorded 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds while also adding a career-high 6 steals.[158]
  • On February 15, 2018, Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets recorded the fastest triple-double in NBA history, with his feat in fourteen minutes and 33 seconds, beating previous record holder Jim Tucker's time of seventeen minutes set in 1955.[159]
  • On February 27, 2018, LeBron James became the only player in NBA history with at least 30,000 points, 8,000 rebounds and 8,000 assists.[160]
  • On February 28, 2018, Dirk Nowitzki became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 31,000 career points.[161]
  • On March 6, 2018, Carmelo Anthony passed Jerry West and moved to 20th on the NBA all-time scoring list.[162]
  • On March 18, 2018, Carmelo Anthony passed Reggie Miller and moved to 19th on the NBA all-time scoring list.[163]
  • On March 19, 2018, Vince Carter passed Patrick Ewing for 22nd on the NBA all-time scoring list.[164]
  • That same day, the Miami Heat beat the Denver Nuggets in a classic double-overtime, scoring 149–141 and setting a franchise record for most points in a game. This is also the highest score made a team in this season, surpassing 148 points made by Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder earlier in the season.[165]
  • On March 21, 2018, Dwight Howard became the ninth player in NBA history to record at least 30 points and 30 rebounds in a game. He led the Charlotte Hornets to victory against the Brooklyn Nets with 32 points and 30 rebounds.[166]
  • That same day, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Washington Wizards, 98–90, to win their 42nd game of the season to clinch 21 consecutive winning seasons.[167]
  • On March 22, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Memphis Grizzlies with a margin of 61 points, the most in the last 20 years. It was also a Hornets franchise record, the final scores were 140-79.[168]
  • On March 30, 2018, LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's record for consecutive games with at least 10 points. James scored in double digits for 867 consecutive games and finished the game with 27. On the same game, he also tied Kobe Bryant's record for third-most 20-point games in NBA history with 941.[169]
  • On April 4, 2018 Wayne Ellington of the Miami Heat made his 207th three-pointer of the season as a reserve, setting an NBA record for the most three-pointers made in a season by a player off the bench. The previous record of 206 three-pointers was set by Eric Gordon last year.[170]
  • For the first time since the 1996-97 NBA season, two teams played their last game against each other for the 8th and final spot in the playoffs. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Denver Nuggets 112–106 in overtime to clinch the final playoff seed in the west. This also ended Minnesota's 13-year drought without a playoff appearance having last played in 2003–04 season.[171]
  • On April 6, 2018, LeBron James became youngest player to score 31,000 career points at 33 years and 97 days and the 7th player in NBA history to do so. He achieved the record by finishing 44 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in a losing effort against Philadelphia 76ers, 132–130.[172]
  • On April 11, 2018, Markelle Fultz became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double at 19 years and 317 days old. He recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, surpassing the record held by Lonzo Ball earlier in the season.[173]
  • That same day, Russell Westbrook became the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double in consecutive and multiple seasons.[174]

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