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2018–19 NBA season

The 2018–19 NBA season is the 73rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 16, 2018, and will end on April 10, 2019. The playoffs will begin April 13, 2019,[1] with the NBA Finals concluding in June. The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 17, 2019, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2018–19 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 16, 2018 – April 10, 2019
April 13 – May 2019 (Playoffs)
May – June 2019 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickDeandre Ayton
Picked byPhoenix Suns
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
NBA seasons

Contents

Transactions

Retirement

  • On May 10, 2018, Nick Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. Collison played all his 15 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise.[2]
  • On May 25, 2018, after playing 13 seasons in the NBA for seven teams, Mo Williams announced his retirement from the NBA to take the assistant head coaching job at Cal State Northridge.[3]
  • On July 17, 2018, after playing 9 seasons in the NBA for four teams, Roy Hibbert announced his retirement from the NBA.[4]
  • On August 27, 2018, Manu Ginóbili announced his retirement from the NBA. Ginóbili played all his 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs franchise, winning four championships.[5]
  • On August 30, 2018, after playing 15 seasons in the NBA for four teams, David West announced his retirement from the NBA.[6][7]
  • On September 6, 2018, Boris Diaw announced his retirement from basketball. Diaw spent 14 years in the NBA and was an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.[8]
  • On October 13, 2018, after playing 17 seasons in the NBA for eight teams, Richard Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA.[9]

Free agency

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

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2017–18 season 2018–19 season
Atlanta Hawks Mike Budenholzer Lloyd Pierce
Charlotte Hornets Steve Clifford James Borrego
Detroit Pistons Stan Van Gundy Dwane Casey
Milwaukee Bucks Joe Prunty (interim) Mike Budenholzer
New York Knicks Jeff Hornacek David Fizdale
Orlando Magic Frank Vogel Steve Clifford
Phoenix Suns Jay Triano (interim) Igor Kokoškov
Toronto Raptors Dwane Casey Nick Nurse
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Chicago Bulls Fred Hoiberg Jim Boylen
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue Larry Drew

Off-season

In-season

Preseason

The preseason began on September 28 and ended on October 12.[1]

International games

The Toronto Raptors played two preseason games in Canada: first against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver on September 29, and second with the Brooklyn Nets in Montreal at the Bell Centre on October 10.[29]

The Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers played two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 5 and in Shenzhen on October 8.[30]

Regular season

The regular season began on October 16, 2018 and will end on April 10, 2019. The entire schedule was released on August 10, 2018.[31]

By conference

Notes

  • * – Division leader

International games

On June 20, 2018, the NBA announced that the Washington Wizards would play the New York Knicks at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom on January 17, 2019.[32]

On August 7, 2018, the NBA announced that the Orlando Magic would play two games at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. They played against the Chicago Bulls on December 13, 2018, and they played against the Utah Jazz on December 15, 2018.[33]

Statistics

Individual statistic leaders

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 30.9
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 15.6
Assists per game Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors 10.0
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Steals per game Paul George Oklahoma City Thunder 2.40
Blocks per game Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 2.87
Turnovers per game James Harden Houston Rockets 5.6
Fouls per game Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 3.8
Minutes per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 37.0
FG% Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 67.3%
FT% Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks 97.8%
3FG% Bojan Bogdanović Indiana Pacers 50.0%
Efficiency per game Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 29.2
Double-doubles Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 26
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 6

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets 60
Rebounds Enes Kanter New York Knicks 26
Assists Jeff Teague Minnesota Timberwolves 18
Steals P. J. Tucker Houston Rockets 7
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 9
Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks
Three pointers Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 14

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Milwaukee Bucks 118.0
Rebounds per game Milwaukee Bucks 50.4
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 28.1
Steals per game Oklahoma City Thunder 10.5
Blocks per game Miami Heat 6.5
Turnovers per game Atlanta Hawks 18.1
FG% Golden State Warriors 49.1%
FT% San Antonio Spurs 83.1%
3FG% Sacramento Kings 39.1%
+/− Milwaukee Bucks +9.0

Awards

Players of the Week

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

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October 16–21 Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [34][35]
October 22–28 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [36][37]
October 29 – November 4 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [38]
November 5–11 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) C. J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [39][40]
November 12–18 Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic) (1/1) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [41][42]
November 19–25 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [43][44]
November 26 – December 2 Kawhi Leonard (Toronto Raptors) (1/2) Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [45][46]
December 3–9 Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [47][48]
December 10–16 Thaddeus Young (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [49]

Players of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Tobias Harris (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [50][51]
December

Rookies of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [52][53]
December

Coaches of the Month

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Doc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [54][55]
December

Arenas

Media

This will be the third year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.[citation needed]

Uniforms

  • The NBA will allow the players to wear any color of shoes they wish; previously, they were restricted to white, black, or the colors of their teams.[62]
  • The first "City Edition" uniforms for the 2018–19 season were unveiled on October 30, 2018,[63][64] and they were first worn on November 9, 2018.
  • A sixth jersey apparel, reportedly the "Earned Edition", will first be worn on December 25, 2018. The jerseys are awarded to the teams that made the previous playoffs.[65][66]
  • On June 6, 2018, the Denver Nuggets unveiled their new logos and uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[67][68]
  • On July 25, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[69]
  • On July 31, 2018, the Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their new uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[70]
  • On August 2, 2018, the Memphis Grizzlies unveiled their new logos and uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[71]
  • On August 8, 2018, the Orlando Magic unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[72]
  • On August 16, 2018, the Atlanta Hawks unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 50th anniversary since moving from St. Louis to Atlanta.[73][74]
  • On August 30, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[75]
  • On September 20, 2018, the Utah Jazz unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 40th anniversary.[76]
  • On October 10, 2018, the Golden State Warriors unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform.[77][better source needed]
  • The Indiana Pacers unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform.[78]

Uniform sponsorships

In April 2016, the NBA announced that teams would be permitted to sign a uniform sponsorship contract for the 2017–18 season.[79] Prior and during the 2017–18 season, 21 teams signed a uniform sponsorship contract. Before and during the 2018–19 season seven more teams signed such contracts:

As of November 2, 2018, two teams have not signed a uniform sponsorship contract: Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Notable occurrences

  • On September 21, 2018, the NBA approved of three different rule changes affecting gameplay, starting with this season onward. These changes include shortening the game clock from the typical 24 seconds to 14 seconds during offensive rebounds, simplifying the clear path foul rule, and expanding the definition of a "hostile act" to invoke instant replays on certain events more easily.[87]
  • On October 29, 2018, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, set three NBA records on the same night. He set the record for most three-pointers made in a game by making 14 (out of 24). He broke his teammate, Stephen Curry's old record of 13. He also set the record for most three-pointers attempted in a game at 24 as well as tied Chandler Parsons' record of most three-pointers made in a half with 10.[88]
  • On November 21, 2018, Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks, became the 22nd player in NBA history to record at least 25,000 points.[89]
  • On November 23, 2018, Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks, set the record for most three-pointers attempted in a game without making one, he attempted a total 12 three-pointers.[90]
  • On November 25, 2018, Jamal Crawford of the Phoenix Suns moved to 26th all-time in NBA regular season games played. he passed A. C. Green who played a total of 1,278 games in 16 seasons.
  • On November 28, 2018, Vince Carter moved to seventh all-time in NBA regular season games played. He passed Kevin Willis who played a total of 1,424 games in 21 seasons.
  • On December 5, 2018, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, passed Jason Kidd for third place on the all-time career triple-double list by notching his 108th with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists.[91]
  • On December 11, 2018, San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, passed Pat Riley for fourth place on the NBA coaches all-time wins list by recording his 1,211th win.[92]
  • On December 13, 2018, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, played his 21st season debut which broke the record for seasons played with one team, set by Kobe Bryant at 20. He also tied, Robert Parish, Kevin Willis, Kevin Garnett and fellow 1998 NBA draftee and former teammate Vince Carter for the record of most seasons played in the NBA.[93]
  • On December 15, 2018, Russell Westbrook passed Kobe Bryant and moved to 30th place on the NBA all-time assists list.[94]
  • On the same day, LeBron James and Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers both recorded triple-doubles. It was the first time since 2007 when teammates, Jason Kidd and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets, recorded triple-doubles in the NBA. The last time a Lakers duo recorded it was 1982 by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[95]

See also

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