NBA madness

Callie Hughes, Sports Writer

The prolonged NBA season just ended in early October with the Lakers winning the title. This past NBA season lasted a whole year due to the Coronavirus shutdown. Six teams also haven’t had the chance to play since March. Recently, Adam Silver, league commissioner, confirmed the next season was going to start on December 22. This move officially confirms that the NBA will have the shortest offseason period ever with only 70 days in between each. 

There were multiple start dates rumored before this announcement, such as January 18, but the league settled for December 22. This could possibly be attributed to Christmas. Christmas Day is a big moneymaker for the league with over 6.3 million fans watching on average. To put this into perspective, the finals game six only had 5 million viewers (“How Did the NBA Let This Happen”). However, there is a downside to a shortened offseason–most players involved with trades will not have much time to acclimate to a new team. 

Trades were permitted to start on Tuesday, November 17. The free agency period is slated to begin at 6 P.M. on November 20 (Reynolds). The NBA Draft also took place on November 18 with Anthony Edwards being selected first overall. Grant Marshall is thrilled about who his team drafted. “The Celtics drafted two excellent shooters in Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith. I’m eager to see them play and contribute to the team.” 

On Sunday, November 15, many teams were already starting to agree to trades with the Oklahoma City Thunder agreeing to send Dennis Schrӧder to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Danny Green and a second-round pick. The Oklahoma City Thunder also agreed to send Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome, Ricky Rubio, and two first-round picks. The Milwaukee Bucks also traded Eric Bledsoe and George Hill to the Pelicans for Jrue Holiday. 

The 2020 free agency class is a big one slated with Anthony Davis, Brandon Ingram, and Fred VanVleet (Greer). There is one downside to this free-agency class–they will only have one month to prepare with a new team. This might cause most of this class to resign to the team they were originally on. 

 

Works Cited

Greer, Jordan. “NBA Free Agents 2020: Best Players Available, New Start Date & More to Know for Free Agency.” Sporting News, (Getty Images), www.sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/nba-free-agents-2020-best-players-date/16gufa7qim6fn1egwohrjpn25m

“How Did the NBA Let This Happen.” YouTube, uploaded by JxmyHighroller, 18 November 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33yiUgc2XrE

Reynolds, Tim. “It’s Done: The NBA Comes Back on Dec. 22, a 72-Game Season.” NBA.com, NBA.com, 12 Nov. 2020, www.nba.com/news/its-done-the-nba-comes-back-on-dec-22-a-72-game-season.