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2019–20 NBA season

The 2019–20 NBA season is the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The playoffs will begin on April 18, 2020, and will end with the NBA Finals in June 2020. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

2019–20 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 22, 2019 – April 15, 2020
April 18 – May/June 2020 (Playoffs)
June 2020 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickZion Williamson
Picked byNew Orleans Pelicans
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
NBA seasons

TransactionsEdit

RetirementEdit

  • In September 2018, Dwyane Wade announced his intentions to retire from the NBA at the end of the 2018–19 season. Wade played his 16 seasons with the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers franchises, winning three championships with the Heat in 2006, 2012 and 2013. Wade is believed by many to be the greatest Miami Heat player of all time.[1]
  • On March 1, 2019, Channing Frye announced his retirement from the NBA. Frye played 13 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.[2]
  • On April 9, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement from the NBA. Nowitzki played all his 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks franchise, winning one championship and Finals MVP with the Mavericks in 2011, and also led them to a Finals appearance in 2006. Nowitzki is believed by many to be the greatest Dallas Maverick player of all time, and is also believed by some to be the greatest international NBA player of all time.[3]
  • On June 5, 2019, Vince Carter announced his intentions to retire after the 2019–20 season. Carter played for eight franchises during a record 22-year career in the NBA, and is set to become the first player ever to play in four different decades. Carter is the last remaining active player to have been drafted and played in the 1990s.[4]
  • On June 10, 2019, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA. He played 18 seasons in the NBA and was a four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs.[5]
  • On June 28, 2019, Darren Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for five franchises during his 10 year NBA career.[6]
  • On August 29, 2019, Zaza Pachulia announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for six franchises during his 16 year career. He won two championships with the Golden State Warriors.[7]
  • On September 13, 2019, Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for ten franchises during his 15 year NBA career. He won three championships with the Golden State Warriors.[8]
  • On October 17, 2019, Luol Deng signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Chicago Bulls and officially retired as a Bull after playing 15 seasons. He was a 2x All-Star with the Bulls.[9]
  • On November 4, 2019, José Calderón announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for seven franchises during his 14 year NBA career.[10]

Free agencyEdit

Free agency negotiations began on June 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET, unlike July 1 from previous seasons.[11]

Players officially signed after the July moratorium on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.[12]

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching changes
Team 2018–19 season 2019–20 season
Off–season
Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Drew John Beilein
Los Angeles Lakers Luke Walton Frank Vogel
Memphis Grizzlies J. B. Bickerstaff Taylor Jenkins
Phoenix Suns Igor Kokoškov Monty Williams
Sacramento Kings Dave Joerger Luke Walton

Off-seasonEdit

PreseasonEdit

The preseason began on September 30, 2019 and ended on October 18, 2019.[26]

International gamesEdit

The Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings played two preseason games at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, India on October 4 and 5, 2019.[27][28][29]

The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets played two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan on October 8 and 10, 2019.[30][31]

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets played two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 10 and in Shenzhen on October 12.[32][33][34]

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks played one preseason game in Canada, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 17.[35][36]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The entire schedule was released on August 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET.[37][38]

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

International gamesEdit

On March 28, 2019, the NBA announced that the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks will play at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on January 24, 2020.[39]

On June 7, 2019, the NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs would play at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, marking the first time that four NBA teams will play in Mexico City in one regular season. The Mavericks and Pistons will play on December 12, 2019, and the Spurs and Suns will play on December 14, 2019.[40]

StatisticsEdit

Individual statistic leadersEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 37.1
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 18.0
Assists per game LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 11.0
Steals per game Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 3.0
Blocks per game Jonathan Isaac Orlando Magic 3.1
Turnovers per game James Harden Houston Rockets 5.7
Fouls per game Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies 4.8
Minutes per game Damian Lillard Portland Trailblazers 38.0
FG% Montrezl Harrell Los Angeles Clippers 87.5%
FT% Malcolm Brogdon Indiana Pacers 97.9%
3FG% Meyers Leonard Miami Heat 56.3%
Efficiency per game Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 34.3
Double-doubles Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 10
Triple-doubles Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks 4
LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 60
Rebounds Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 23
Assists LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 16
Steals Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 7 2x
Three-pointers James Harden Houston Rockets 9
Blocks Anthony Davis Los Angeles Lakers 6
Nerlens Noel Oklahoma City Thunder

Team statistic leadersEdit

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Los Angeles Lakers 124
Milwaukee Bucks
Rebounds per game Toronto Raptors 53.5
Assists per game Los Angeles Lakers 30.8
Steals per game Minnesota Timberwolves 10.7
Philadelphia 76ers
Blocks per game Los Angeles Lakers 8
Turnovers per game Boston Celtics 11.3
FG% Los Angeles Clippers 52%
FT% Toronto Raptors 88.3%
3FG% Los Angeles Lakers 40.6%
+/− Los Angeles Lakers +11.8

AwardsEdit

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 22–27 Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [41]
October 28 – November 3 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [42]
November 4–10 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [43]

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

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

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

ArenasEdit

MediaEdit

This is the fourth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.[49]

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Fox Sports Regional Networks were required to be sold off to third parties by June 18, 2019.[50] Fox also invoked a clause to give Yankee Global Enterprises the rights to buy their stake back in the YES Network, which airs the local broadcasts to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.[51] Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks hold the local TV rights to a combined total of 44 NHL, NBA, and MLB teams.[52] On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion.[53] Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.[54] The networks continue to temporarily use the Fox Sports name under a transitional license agreement while Sinclair explores re-branding options.[55]

Notable occurrencesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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