2019–20 NBA season

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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

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 was played on February 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Transactions[edit]

Retirement[edit]

  • 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.[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.[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 the only player 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 two-time 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]
  • On December 28, 2019, Zach Randolph announced his retirement from the NBA, Randolph played for five franchises during his 17-year NBA career. He was a two-time All-Star with the Memphis Grizzlies.[11]
  • On February 16, 2020, Marcin Gortat announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for four franchises during his 12-year NBA career.[12]

Free agency[edit]

Free agency negotiations began on June 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET, unlike July 1 from previous seasons.[13]

Players officially signed after the July moratorium on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.[14]

Coaching changes[edit]

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
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Cleveland Cavaliers John Beilein J. B. Bickerstaff
New York Knicks David Fizdale Mike Miller

Off-season[edit]

In-season[edit]

Preseason[edit]

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

International games[edit]

The Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings played two preseason games at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, India on October 4 and 5, 2019.[31][32][33]

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.[34][35]

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.[36][37][38]

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks played one preseason game in Canada, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 17.[39][40]

Regular season[edit]

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.[41][42]

By conference[edit]

Notes

  • x – Clinched playoff spot
  • e – Eliminated from playoff contention
  • * – Division leader

International games[edit]

On March 28, 2019, the NBA announced that the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks would play at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on January 24, 2020, marking the first NBA regular season game in France.[43]

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 played on December 12, 2019, and the Spurs and Suns played on December 14, 2019.[44]

Statistics[edit]

Individual statistic leaders[edit]

Category Player Team(s) Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 35.2
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit/Cleveland 15.8
Assists per game LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 10.8
Steals per game Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 2.2
Blocks per game Hassan Whiteside Portland Trail Blazers 3.0
Turnovers per game Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 4.9
Fouls per game Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 4.1
Minutes per game Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 37.0
FG% Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 68.9%
FT% Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets 92.2%
3FG% George Hill Milwaukee Bucks 51.1%
Efficiency per game Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 32.2
Double-doubles Andre Drummond
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Detroit/Cleveland
Milwaukee Bucks
43
Triple-doubles Luka Dončić
LeBron James
Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Lakers
12

Individual game highs[edit]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 61
Rebounds Andre Drummond
Nikola Vučević
Detroit Pistons
Orlando Magic
24
Assists LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 19
Steals Ben Simmons
Fred VanVleet
Jonathan Isaac
Elfrid Payton
Philadelphia 76ers
Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic
New York Knicks
7
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Portland Trail Blazers 10
Three pointers Zach LaVine Chicago Bulls 13

Team statistic leaders[edit]

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Milwaukee Bucks 119.8
Rebounds per game Milwaukee Bucks 52.1
Assists per game Memphis Grizzlies 27.4
Steals per game Chicago Bulls 9.9
Blocks per game Los Angeles Lakers 6.9
Turnovers per game San Antonio Spurs 12.5
FG% Los Angeles Lakers 48.8%
FT% Phoenix Suns 82.0%
3FG% Utah Jazz 38.7%
+/− Milwaukee Bucks +4.0

Awards[edit]

Players of the Week[edit]

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) [45]
October 28 – November 3 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/3) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [46]
November 4–10 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (1/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [47]
November 11–17 Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [48]
November 18–24 Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [49]
November 25 – December 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/3) Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [50][51]
December 2–8 Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat) (1/1) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [52]
December 9–15 Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) (1/1) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [53]
December 16–22 Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Dennis Schröder (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [54]
December 23–29 Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [55][56]
December 30 – January 5 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (3/3) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [57]
January 6–12 Josh Richardson (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [58]
January 13–19 Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [59][60]
January 20–26 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (2/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [61][62]
January 27 – February 2 Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [63]
February 3–9 Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [64][65]
February 24 – March 1

Players of the Month[edit]

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) (1/3) Luka Dončić (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [66]
December Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/3) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [67]
January Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (3/3) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [68]

Rookies of the Month[edit]

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

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (1/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/3) [69][70]
December Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (2/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/3) [71][72]
January Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (3/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (3/3) [73][74]

Coaches of the Month[edit]

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) (1/2) Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [75][76]
December Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [77][78]
January Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) (2/2) Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [79][80]

Arenas[edit]

Media[edit]

This is the fourth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.[86]

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.[87] 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.[88] Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks hold the local TV rights to a combined total of 44 NHL, NBA, and MLB teams.[89] On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion.[90] Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.[91] The networks continue to temporarily use the Fox Sports name under a transitional license agreement while Sinclair explores re-branding options.[92]

Notable occurrences[edit]

  • On October 24, 2019, Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks became the first player in NBA history to play 22 seasons. Carter officially checked in the game at 6:52 in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons.[93]
  • On November 3, 2019, Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks became the youngest player to record consecutive 25-point triple-doubles.[94]
  • On November 19, 2019, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams.[95]
  • On November 27, 2019, LeBron James became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 33,000 career points.[96]
  • On December 8, 2019, Luka Dončić surpassed the record for the most consecutive games with at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Michael Jordan previously held the record, recording 18 consecutive games with at least 20–5–5 between March 13, 1989 and April 4, 1989.[97]
  • On December 10, 2019, Vince Carter became the fifth player in NBA history to play at least 1,500 games.[98]
  • On December 28, 2019, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, in addition to Justin Holiday and Aaron Holiday of the Indiana Pacers, became the first three brothers to play in the same NBA game.[99]
  • On December 29, 2019, LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to record at least 30,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and 9,000 assists.[100]
  • On January 1, 2020, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern died at the age of 77, due to a brain hemorrhage sustained a few weeks prior.[101] All thirty teams will wear a black stripe of fabric on the left side of their jerseys in memory of Stern for the remainder of the season.[102]
  • On January 4, 2020, Vince Carter became the only player in NBA history to have played in four different decades.[103]
  • On January 13, 2020, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 20-rebound triple-double at 21 years and 185 days old.[104]
  • On January 20, 2020, Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets became the second player to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams.[105]
  • On January 22, 2020, Vince Carter moved past Alex English for 19th on the NBA all-time scoring list.[106]
  • On January 22, 2020, Zion Williamson made his professional debut, in a 121–117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He played 18 minutes and finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds, scoring 17 consecutive points in 3:08 minutes during the fourth quarter.[107]
  • On January 25, 2020, LeBron James moved past Kobe Bryant for 3rd on the NBA all-time scoring list.[108]
  • On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.[109] During games, players paid tribute by dribbling through the 24-second shot clock violation and the 8-second backcourt violation, referencing the two numbers Bryant wore during his career.[110]
  • On January 27, the NBA announced that they would postpone the January 28 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center out of respect to Bryant.[111] The game was later rescheduled for April 9th.[112]
  • On January 31, 2020, Vince Carter moved up to 3rd place in the NBA all-time games played list with 1,523 passing Dirk Nowitzki in the process.[113]

See also[edit]

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