Though the NBA is only suspended for 30 days, commissioner Adam Silver believes it is more likely that the season will resume in mid-to-late June. So how will the NBA handle this?
Well, it’s simple really. Everything is going to pushed back for two months this season. This is how this season would look:
Resume Season: June 10th (Play games that weren’t played on March 11th, Play March 12th, on June 11th, etc.)
End Regular Season: June 17th (Play March 18th games)
Start Playoffs: June 20th (First Round: 5 games)
Start 2nd Round: July 1st
Start Conference Finals: July 17th
Start Finals: August 1st
End Finals: August 18th
NBA draft: August 22nd
NBA Free Agency: August 27th
Most teams would play 67-69 games and the Regular Season would really just be training for the playoffs.
The First Round being shortened is not ideal but is not an odd scenario. Until 2003, every first round series was only 5 games. This would be temporary and the First Round will be 7 games next season.
The rest of the playoffs would be similar to how the NBA usually runs it except it would end 2 months late.
The NBA draft should still be after the season instead of it keeping its current date (June 25th). There would be some issues however with Free Agency.
The NBA is usually dead in September, almost nothing interesting happens. And it would have to compete with the MLB and NFL assuming those leagues keep their regular timelines.
But this would be made up as the playoffs in the middle of the summer would likely lead to more revenue as they would only be competing with the MLB.
Now let’s look forward to the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons:
Training Camp Begins: October 13th
Preseason Begins: October 24th
NBA Season Begins: November 10th
NBA season Ends: May 5, 2021
Playoffs Begin: May 8, 2021
Second Round Begins: May 22, 2021
Conference Finals Begins: June 5, 2021
Finals Begin: June 22, 2021
Finals End: July 9, 2021
NBA draft: July 15, 2021
Free Agency Begins: July 19, 2021
Training Camp Begins: October 1, 2021
Preseason Begins: October 9, 2021
NBA Season Begins: October 26, 2021
NBA season Ends: April 13, 2022
Playoffs Begin: April 16, 2022
Second Round Begins: May 30, 2022
Conference Finals Begins: May 15, 2022
Finals Begin: June 2, 2022
Finals End: June 19, 2022
NBA draft: June 23, 2022
Free Agency Begins: June 30, 2022
The NBA season would have an impacted schedule for this season and next season, but the season after would have a similar schedule to that of the early 2010s.
The NBA’s schedule will be awry for only two seasons, but would be fine afterwards. So the NBA could be brought back this season and though the schedule would be off, it would only affect two seasons schedule’s majorly.
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