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2018–19 NBA season

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2018–19 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationOctober 16, 2018 – April 10, 2019
April 13 – May 2019 (Playoffs)
May – June 2019 (Finals)
Number of games82
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickDeandre Ayton
Picked byPhoenix Suns
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
NBA seasons

The 2018–19 NBA season is the 73rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 16, 2018, and will end on April 10, 2019. The playoffs will begin April 13, 2019,[1] with the NBA Finals concluding in June. The 2019 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 17, 2019, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Transactions

Retirement

  • On May 10, 2018, Nick Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. Collison played all his 15 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise.[2]
  • On May 25, 2018, after playing 13 seasons in the NBA for seven teams, Mo Williams announced his retirement from the NBA to take the assistant head coaching job at Cal State Northridge.[3]
  • On July 17, 2018, after playing 9 seasons in the NBA for four teams, Roy Hibbert announced his retirement from the NBA.[4]
  • On August 27, 2018, Manu Ginóbili announced his retirement from the NBA. Ginóbili played all his 16 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs franchise.[5]
  • On August 30, 2018, after playing 15 seasons in the NBA for four teams, David West announced his retirement from the NBA.[6][7]
  • On September 6, 2018, Boris Diaw announced his retirement from basketball. Diaw spent 14 years in the NBA and was an NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.[8]
  • On October 13, 2018, after playing 17 seasons in the NBA for eight teams, Richard Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA.[9]

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on July 1. Players began signing on July 6 after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes

Coaching changes
Off-season
Team 2017–18 season 2018–19 season
Atlanta Hawks Mike Budenholzer Lloyd Pierce
Charlotte Hornets Steve Clifford James Borrego
Detroit Pistons Stan Van Gundy Dwane Casey
Milwaukee Bucks Joe Prunty (interim) Mike Budenholzer
New York Knicks Jeff Hornacek David Fizdale
Orlando Magic Frank Vogel Steve Clifford
Phoenix Suns Jay Triano (interim) Igor Kokoškov
Toronto Raptors Dwane Casey Nick Nurse
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Ingoing coach
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Lue Larry Drew

Off-season

In-season

Preseason

The preseason began on September 28 and ended on October 12.[1]

International games

The Toronto Raptors played two preseason games in Canada first beginning with the Portland Trail Blazers in Vancouver at the Rogers Arena on September 29, and second with the Brooklyn Nets in Montreal at the Bell Centre on October 10.[28]

The Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers played two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 5 and in Shenzhen on October 8.[29]

Regular season

The regular season began on October 16, 2018 and will end on April 10, 2019. The entire schedule was released on August 10, 2018.[30]

By conference

Notes

  • * – Division leader

International games

On June 20, 2018, the NBA announced that the Washington Wizards would play the New York Knicks at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom on January 17, 2019.[31]

On August 7, 2018, the NBA announced that the Orlando Magic would play two games at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. They will play the Chicago Bulls on December 13, 2018, and they will play the Utah Jazz on December 15, 2018.[32]

Statistics

Individual statistic leaders

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 29.5
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 16.4
Assists per game Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors 10.7
Steals per game Chris Paul Houston Rockets 2.55
Blocks per game Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 3.23
Turnovers per game James Harden Houston Rockets 4.9
Fouls per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 3.8
Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies
Minutes per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 37.8
FG% Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz 71.8%
FT% Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks 100.0%
3FG% Joe Harris Brooklyn Nets 52.6%
Efficiency per game Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 32.7
Double-doubles Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers 15
Triple-doubles Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 2
Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks

Individual game highs

Category Player Team Statistic
Points Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 52
Rebounds Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 24
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
Enes Kanter New York Knicks
Assists Nikola Jokić Denver Nuggets 16
Steals P. J. Tucker Houston Rockets 7
Blocks Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 9
Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks
Three pointers Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors 14

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Milwaukee Bucks 121.0
Rebounds per game Portland Trail Blazers 51.8
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 29.9
Steals per game Oklahoma City Thunder 11.4
Blocks per game Miami Heat 6.9
Turnovers per game Atlanta Hawks 17.9
FG% Golden State Warriors 50.9%
FT% Portland Trail Blazers 86.3%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 41.8%
+/− Milwaukee Bucks +10.9

Awards

Players of the Week

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October 16–21 Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [33][34]
October 22–28 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [35][36]
October 29 – November 3 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (1/1) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [37]
November 4–10 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) C. J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [38][39]
November 11–17

Players of the Month

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 Month

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 Month

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November

Arenas

Media

This will be the third year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.[citation needed]

Uniforms

  • The NBA will allow the players to wear any color of shoes they wish; previously, they were restricted to white, black, or the colors of their teams.[46]
  • The first "City Edition" jerseys were unveiled on October 30, 2018.[47][48] They will first be worn on November 9, 2018, while a sixth jersey apparel will first be worn on December 25, 2018.[49]
  • On June 6, 2018, the Denver Nuggets unveiled their new logos and uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[50][51]
  • On July 25, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[52]
  • On July 31, 2018, the Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their new uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[53]
  • On August 2, 2018, the Memphis Grizzlies unveiled their new logos and uniforms to enter the 2018–19 season.[54]
  • On August 8, 2018, the Orlando Magic unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[55]
  • On August 16, 2018, the Atlanta Hawks unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 50th anniversary since moving from St. Louis to Atlanta.[56][57]
  • On August 30, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 30th anniversary.[58]
  • On September 20, 2018, the Utah Jazz unveiled their first "Classic Edition" uniform to commemorate their 40th anniversary.[59]
  • On October 10, 2018, the Golden State Warriors unveiled their new "Classic Edition" uniform.[60][better source needed]

Uniform sponsorships

In April 2016, the NBA announced that teams would be permitted to sign a uniform sponsorship contract for the 2017–18 season.[61] Prior and during the 2017–18 season 21 teams signed a uniform sponsorship contract. Before and during the 2018–19 season seven more teams signed such contracts:

As of November 2, 2018, two teams have not signed a uniform sponsorship contract: Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Notable occurrences

  • On September 21, 2018, the NBA approved of three different rule changes affecting gameplay, starting with this season onward. These changes include shortening the game clock from the typical 24 seconds to 14 seconds during offensive rebounds, simplifying the clear path foul rule, and expanding the definition of a "hostile act" to invoke instant replays on certain events more easily.[69]

See also

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