2021–22 NBA season

The 2021–22 NBA season is the 76th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The NBA returned to a full 82-game regular season in its normal mid-October to mid-April schedule for the first time since the 2018–19 NBA season, as the previous two seasons have been abbreviated in some form due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regular season began on October 19, 2021, and is scheduled to end on April 10, 2022.[1] The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on February 20, 2022.

2021–22 NBA season
NBA 75th anniversary logo.svg
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Duration
  • October 19, 2021 – April 10, 2022
  • April 12–15, 2022
    (Play-in tournament)
  • April 16, 2022 – May 30, 2022 (Playoffs)
  • June 2–19, 2022 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC/ESPN, TNT, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickCade Cunningham
Picked byDetroit Pistons
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
NBA seasons
2022–23 →

75th anniversary promotionsEdit

On July 7, 2021, the NBA announced that it would commemorate its 75th anniversary throughout the 2021–22 season. A 75th anniversary diamond logo is featured in promotions across all NBA properties during the season, including on merchandise, digital and social media, and painted on the courts.[2][3] All NBA uniforms feature the Nike (Association, Icon and City uniform) and Jordan Brand (Statement and Charlotte Hornets uniform) logos in a diamond embellishment, while the normal NBA logo on the back was modified to also feature diamond embellishments and the "NBA" mark replaced by the number 75.[4] The "City" edition for this season featured uniforms incorporating various design cues from different decades. 27 of the 30 teams wore these uniforms; the only teams not to participate were the New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz. The Suns and Jazz wore last season's "City" uniforms, while the Pelicans wore a more standard "City" uniform as a tribute to the city of New Orleans.[5][6] The "Classic" edition uniform for this season would be donned by the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks, the NBA's three surviving franchises from its first season. Both the Celtics and Knicks wore modern-day versions of the uniforms they wore from 1946, while the Warriors wore uniforms based on the designs they wore as the Philadelphia Warriors from 1946 to 1962. The classic Nike "wordmark-and-swoosh" logo appears on the "Classic" uniforms.[7] The NBA also announced that it would release a list of the 75 greatest players in league history chosen by a panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers, and team executives.[8]

TransactionsEdit

RetirementEdit

  • On July 6, 2021, Ian Mahinmi announced his retirement from the NBA. Mahinmi played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.[9]
  • On July 18, 2021, Omri Casspi announced his retirement from the NBA. Casspi played for seven teams during his 10-year NBA career.[10]
  • On July 21, 2021, Amile Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA. Jefferson played two seasons with the Orlando Magic.[11]
  • On August 7, 2021, Jarrett Jack announced his retirement from the NBA. Jack played for nine teams during his 13-year NBA career. [12]
  • On August 11, 2021, J. R. Smith enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University with plans to join the Aggies golf team, effectively ending his career in the NBA.[13] Smith played for five teams during his 16-year NBA career, winning an NBA championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and another one in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On August 12, 2021, Kyle Korver joined the Brooklyn Nets as a player development coach, effectively ending his career in the NBA. Korver played for six teams during his 17-year NBA career.[14]
  • On August 15, 2021, it was announced that J. J. Barea joined the Dallas Mavericks as a player development coach over the summer, effectively ending his career in the NBA.[15] Barea played for two teams during his 14-year NBA career, winning one championship with the Mavericks in 2011.
  • On August 24, 2021, Jared Dudley announced his retirement from the NBA while accepting a role as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. Dudley played for seven teams during his 14-year NBA career, winning an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.[16]
  • On September 20, 2021, Luis Scola joined Pallacanestro Varese as chief executive officer, effectively ending his playing career. Scola played for five teams during his 10-year NBA career.[17]
  • On September 21, 2021, JJ Redick announced his retirement from the NBA. Redick played for six teams during his 15-year NBA career.[18]
  • On September 28, 2021, it was announced that Tyson Chandler joined the Dallas Mavericks as a player development coach over the summer, effectively ending his playing career.[19] Chandler played for eight teams during his 19-year NBA career, winning one championship with the Mavericks in 2011.
  • On October 5, 2021, Pau Gasol announced his retirement from professional basketball. Gasol played for five teams during his 18-year NBA career, winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.[20]
  • On October 20, 2021, Mike Hall announced his retirement from professional basketball. Hall played two games for the Washington Wizards in 2007.[21]
  • On October 22, 2021, Gerald Green announced his retirement from the NBA and joined the Houston Rockets coaching staff as a player development coach. Green played for eight teams during his 15-year playing career.[22]
  • On November 11, 2021, Damjan Rudež announced his retirement from professional basketball. Rudež played for three teams during his three-year NBA career.[23]
  • On November 26, 2021, Alexis Ajinça announced his retirement from professional basketball. Ajinça played for four NBA teams during his 13-year professional career.[24]

Free agencyEdit

Free agency began on August 2, 2021. Notable signings included longtime Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry announcing his decision to sign with the Miami Heat on a long term deal. Lonzo Ball announced he would be signing a four-year, $85 million dollar deal with the Chicago Bulls, joining fellow free agency signing DeMar DeRozan. The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed superstar Kawhi Leonard, and the Phoenix Suns re-signed superstar Chris Paul. In the east, the Brooklyn Nets extended Kevin Durant to a 4 year 198 million deal.

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching changes
Team 2020–21 season 2021–22 season
Off-season
Atlanta Hawks Nate McMillan (interim) Nate McMillan
Boston Celtics Brad Stevens Ime Udoka
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle Jason Kidd
Indiana Pacers Nate Bjorkgren Rick Carlisle
New Orleans Pelicans Stan Van Gundy Willie Green
Orlando Magic Steve Clifford Jamahl Mosley
Portland Trail Blazers Terry Stotts Chauncey Billups
Washington Wizards Scott Brooks Wes Unseld Jr.
In-season
Sacramento Kings Luke Walton Alvin Gentry (interim)

Off-seasonEdit

In-seasonEdit

COVID-19 vaccine mandatesEdit

As of October 2021, only the cities of Los Angeles, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco have implemented an indoor vaccine mandate. While most of the league (around 95 percent) has seen its players get at least one dose of the vaccine, players in these named markets who choose not to be vaccinated would not be allowed to play home games. Moreover, the NBA has stated these players would be forced to forfeit money for the missed games. As of the announcement, the mandates were affecting the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks. All other markets either did not have COVID-19 restrictions in place, or they were more minor such as lowered attendance numbers or mask requirements.[citation needed]

PreseasonEdit

The preseason began on October 3, 2021, and ended on October 15.[43] On October 5, a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies was suspended before the fourth quarter due to a false fire alarm.[44]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season began on October 19, 2021, and will end on April 10, 2022.[1]

By conferenceEdit

Notes

  • * – Division leader

Play-in tournamentEdit

The NBA will stage a play-in tournament for teams ranked 7th through 10th in each conference from April 12–15, 2022. The 7th place team will host the 8th place team with the winner clinching the 7th seed in the playoffs. The 9th place team will host the 10th place team with the loser being eliminated from playoff contention. The 7th–8th place game's loser will then host the 9th–10th place game's winner, with the winner clinching the 8th seed and the loser being eliminated.[45]

PlayoffsEdit

The playoffs will begin on April 16, 2022. The Finals are set to begin on June 2, with a potential Game 7 scheduled for June 19.[1]

StatisticsEdit

Individual statistic leadersEdit

Category Player Team(s) Statistic
Points per game Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets 28.6
Rebounds per game Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 14.5
Assists per game Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 10.1
Steals per game Alex Caruso Chicago Bulls 2.3
Blocks per game Myles Turner Indiana Pacers 3.0
Turnovers per game James Harden Brooklyn Nets 5.0
Fouls per game Jaden McDaniels Minnesota Timberwolves 3.8
Minutes per game Fred VanVleet Toronto Raptors 38.0
FG% Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 72.2%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 94.0%
3FG% Patty Mills Brooklyn Nets 50.0%
Efficiency per game Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets 35.4
Double-doubles Jonas Valančiūnas New Orleans Pelicans 16
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Los Angeles Lakers 5

Individual game highsEdit

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 50
Rebounds Andre Drummond Philadelphia 76ers 25
Assists Chris Paul Phoenix Suns 18
Steals Paul George Los Angeles Clippers 8
Blocks Daniel Gafford Washington Wizards 8
Three pointers Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 9
Patty Mills Brooklyn Nets

Team statistic leadersEdit

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 114.5
Rebounds per game Oklahoma City Thunder 47.8
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 29.5
Steals per game Toronto Raptors 9.8
Blocks per game Indiana Pacers 6.6
Turnovers per game Houston Rockets 18.7
Fouls per game Minnesota Timberwolves 23.1
FG% Golden State Warriors 48.1%
Phoenix Suns
FT% Chicago Bulls 84.0%
3P% Charlotte Hornets 37.7%
+/− Golden State Warriors 13.2

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 19–24 Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [46]
October 25–31 Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat) (1/1) Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [47]
November 1–7 Jarrett Allen (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/1) Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [48]
November 8–14 Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [49]
November 15–21 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [50]

ArenasEdit

MediaEdit

This is the sixth year of a nine-year deal with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.[58] Beginning with this season, TNT moved its marquee Thursday doubleheaders to Tuesday nights starting with the season opener. The network will continue to air Thursday night doubleheaders, but only during opening week and beginning in January to avoid competing with Thursday Night Football. They will also air a doubleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 17) and on Sunday, April 10, the final day of the regular season.[59]

The Portland Trail Blazers signed a broadcasting deal with Root Sports Northwest, replacing NBC Sports Northwest as the team's game broadcasters.[60]

Notable occurrencesEdit

See alsoEdit

  Sports portal

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