2022–23 NBA season

The 2022–23 NBA season is the upcoming 77th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), with the regular season beginning on October 18, 2022, and ending on April 9, 2023. The 2023 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on February 19, 2023, at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.[1] The playoffs are then scheduled to begin on April 15, 2023, and ending with the NBA Finals in June 2023.

2022–23 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
  • October 18, 2022 – April 9, 2023
  • April 11–14, 2023
    (Play-in tournament)
  • April 15, 2023 – May 2023 (Playoffs)
  • June 2023 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV
Top draft pickPaolo Banchero
Picked byOrlando Magic
Regular season
NBA seasons
2023–24 →



  • On July 21, 2022, J. J. Barea announced his retirement from professional basketball. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and multiple gold medals with the Puerto Rican national team.[2]
  • On August 20, 2022, Gustavo Ayón retired from professional basketball. He played three seasons in the NBA and won multiple titles in the EuroLeague and Spanish League in his 16-year career.[3]
  • On September 3, 2022, Jodie Meeks retired from professional basketball. He played for seven teams in his 13-year career and won an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019.[4]
  • On September 6, 2022, Toure' Murry retired from professional basketball. He played for three teams in two NBA seasons, as well as numerous teams overseas.[5]


The 2022 NBA draft took place on June 23, 2022, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.[6] Paolo Banchero was selected with the first overall pick.

Free agencyEdit

With the previous season's NBA Finals ending in June for the first time since 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the period for free agency returned to its normal July 1 starting date, along with the July moratorium period before players can begin signing new contracts.[7]

Coaching changesEdit

Coaching Changes
Team 2021–22 season 2022–23 season
Charlotte Hornets James Borrego Steve Clifford
Los Angeles Lakers Frank Vogel Darvin Ham
Sacramento Kings Alvin Gentry (interim) Mike Brown
Utah Jazz Quin Snyder Will Hardy
Boston Celtics Ime Udoka (suspended) Joe Mazzulla (interim)



The NBA often hosts preseason games in non-NBA markets, with the following being played domestically:

Date Teams Arena Location Reference
October 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Portland Trail Blazers Climate Pledge Arena Seattle, Washington [16]
October 5 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks BOK Center Tulsa, Oklahoma [17]
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Phoenix Suns T-Mobile Arena Paradise, Nevada [18]
October 6 Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
October 7 Charlotte Hornets vs. Boston Celtics Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, North Carolina [19]
October 14 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Atlanta Hawks Legacy Arena Birmingham, Alabama [20]

International gamesEdit

Date Teams Arena Location Reference
September 30 Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Wizards Saitama Super Arena Tokyo, Japan [21]
October 2
Toronto Raptors vs. Utah Jazz Rogers Place Edmonton, Alberta, Canada [22]
October 6 Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Etihad Arena Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates [23]
October 8
October 14 Toronto Raptors vs. Boston Celtics Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada [22]

Regular seasonEdit

The regular season schedule was released on August 17, 2022.[24]

International gamesEdit

After nearly three years without an international regular season game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA brought back the NBA Global Games with two regular season matchups:

NBA Mexico City Game 2022
Date Teams Arena Location Reference
December 17 Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs Mexico City Arena Mexico City, Mexico [25]
NBA Paris Game 2023
January 19 Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons Accor Arena Paris, France [25]


This will be the seventh year of a nine-year deal with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.[26] ESPN will continue to air Wednesday games throughout the season, Fridays for most of the season, and games during selected Sundays during the second half of the season. ABC will air NBA Saturday Primetime on eight selected Saturdays during the second half of this season, and NBA Sunday Showcase on three selected Sundays in February–early March.[27] TNT will continue to air Tuesday games all season and Thursday games during the second half of the season.[28] NBA TV will air selected games not broadcast on ABC, ESPN, or TNT, primarily on Mondays.[29]

Five Christmas Day games are scheduled this season, with ESPN airing all five and ABC simulcasting three of them.[25] They will have to compete with NFL Christmas Day games for viewers, with the NFL planning its tripleheader for the first time on that day.[30]

Four games will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with TNT and NBA TV each airing two of them.[25]

January 24–28 has been designated as "NBA Rivals Week" with 11 total nationally televised games featuring NBA rivalries. In addition to the regular Tuesday and Thursday doubleheaders on TNT, and ESPN's Wednesday doubleheader, NBA TV will have a doubleheader on that Friday, January 27, and ABC will have a tripleheader on that Saturday, January 28.[25]

ESPN will also air a doubleheader on the final day of the regular season, April 9, featuring games with playoff implications.[25]

Notable occurrencesEdit

  • The NBA and NBPA announced a pension plan for former ABA players who played at least three seasons in the league.[31]
  • The Board of Governors approved the permanent adoption of the NBA Play-In Tournament that had been in place for the previous two seasons. Previously, the Board approved the tournament on a season-by-season basis.[32]
  • The league instituted a new penalty for the "take foul". The offensive team will be allotted one free throw and retain possession with this penalty in place. The defensive player who commits the foul will be assessed one common personal foul. Previously, the penalty was a common personal foul on the offending player in addition to a side out for the offensive team if they were not in the bonus.[33]
  • Following the death of 11-time champion Bill Russell, the NBA announced it would permanently retire the number 6 across the league, the first time a player's number has been retired across the league.[34] However, players who had the number 6 beforehand can keep their number unless they voluntarily change it or retire.[35]
  • The NBA will honor Russell with a jersey patch. Every team will wear a commemorative patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys. Every NBA court will honor Russell with a clover-shaped logo featuring the No. 6 on the sideline.[34]
  • In commemoration of Election Day in the United States, the league did not schedule regular season games on November 8 to encourage civic engagement.[36] Typically, the league does not schedule games for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and the NCAA men's basketball championship game.
  • Between January 24–28, 2023, the NBA will debut "NBA Rivals Week", which will feature 11 nationally televised games across ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV featuring "classic and budding rivalries between teams and players".[25]
  • On September 13, 2022, the NBA and WNBA suspended Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver for one year after an independent investigation determined that he used the n-word multiple times, sexually harassed and assaulted multiple male and female employees, and engaged in demeaning behavior towards employees.[37][38] On September 21, Sarver announced he was exploring selling both the Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury franchises.


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