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National Basketball Association (NBA) 


The 2019-20 NBA season is the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The pre-season matches commenced on the 4th of October 2019, while the regular season began on the October 22nd 2019. The regular season came to a halt in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For the league to restart, it took 4 months of planning, which ultimately led to the bubble campus in Disney World, Orlando. On 17th August the NBA Playoffs started in the bubble, while the Finals will take place starting 30th September.  


  1. NBA Scores
  2. NBA Playoffs
  3. NBA Standings
  4. NBA Schedule
  5. NBA Draft
  6. NBA Teams
  7. NBA Power Rankings
  8. NBA Trade Rumors
  9. NBA Rankings
  10. FAQs


National Basketball Association (NBA) 


NBA Scores


In the NBA, a point is scored by a team when the basketball goes through a hoop, that is placed 10-feet in the air. But it doesn’t end there, as there are different ways to score points. 


If a team scores a basket, throwing it from within 22 feet of the basket, the team will be awarded 2 points. However, if the shot is taken from more than 22 feet away from the basket the team will get 3 points. There is an arc on the court to represent the 3-point line.


Further, if a player gets fouled while shooting within the 3-point line, and the player misses the basket, the team will be awarded two free throws, each shot worth one point. If the same is done from outside the three-point line, the player will be awarded three free throws. 


Teams can also be awarded free throws if a player on the opposing team is found eliciting inappropriate behavior of any kind, and is given a technical foul by the referee. 


NBA Playoffs


NBA Playoffs


After all teams have completed 82 game regular season, the top 8 franchises from each Conference enter the postseason known as the NBA Playoffs. 


During the postseason, each team plays against another team from their own conference in a 7-game series, where the first team to win 4 games moves on to the next round. A team must go through 3-rounds, before reaching the NBA Finals as champions of their own conference, and face off against the champions from the other conference. The winner here would win an NBA Championship, bringing the NBA playoffs to a close. 


The NBA playoffs were initially slated to begin on the 18th of April, but due to Covid-19, the season had to be suspended, with the playoffs being rescheduled to start on August 17 2020, and will end in October 2020.


NBA Standings


NBA Standings


As mentioned before, The NBA is divided into two conferences, the two being the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference. For the 2019-20 regular season, these were the final standings for both conferences. 


Western Conference


  1. LA Lakers
  2. LA Clippers
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. OKC Thunder
  6. Utah Jazz
  7. Dallas Mavericks
  8. Portland Trail Blazers
  9. Memphis Grizzlies
  10. Phoenix Suns
  11. San Antonio Spurs
  12. Sacramento Kings
  13. New Orleans Pelicans
  14. Minnesota Timberwolves
  15. Golden State Warriors


Eastern Conference 


  1. Milwaukee Bucks 
  2. Toronto Raptors 
  3. Boston Celtics 
  4. Indiana Pacers 
  5. Miami Heat
  6. Philadelphia 76ers
  7. Brooklyn Nets 
  8. Orlando Magic 
  9. Washington Wizards 
  10. Charlotte Hornets 
  11. Chicago Bulls
  12. New York Knicks 
  13. Detroit Pistons 
  14. Atlanta Hawks 
  15. Cleveland Cavaliers 


NBA Schedule


NBA Schedule

As mentioned before, each team plays 82 games in the regular season, with the purpose of deciding the top 8 teams in each conference that will qualify for the NBA Playoffs. The league schedules some of the best and most interesting games on Opening day and Christmas Day, making the most popular day for NBA fans apart from the All-star weekend


Another key staple of the NBA is the All-Star weekend, with the best players in the league facing off each other in a number of fun mini games, like the Skills Challenge, Slam Dunk Contest, and the Three-point shooting contest. All of these are followed by the main event of the weekend, the NBA All-Star Game. 


The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played in the United Center, the Chicago Bulls’ home arena, on the 17th of February 2020, where Team LeBron faced of against Team Giannis. After a very entertaining game, the final score stood at 157-155, in favor of Team LeBron, and Kawhi Leonard was awarded the first ever Kobe Bryant MVP award.


NBA Draft


NBA Draft


The NBA Draft is an annual event through which, some of the top prospects from around the world, who have declared their availability for the NBA will be chosen by one of the 30 NBA teams. The order to determine who choses when is decided by the wins to losses ratio of each team over the course of the previous year’s regular season. 

In this system, the top 3 teams that have the most losses in the NBA will equally have the highest chance of winning the first overall pick in the NBA Draft. All the teams that have a better record comparatively, will have a lower percentage of landing the 1st pick, with their percentage getting lower, the higher number of wins they have. 

This 2020-21 NBA Draft is set to be held on Wednesday 18th November, with the Minnesota Timberwolves winning the rights to the first-overall pick. 


NBA Teams


NBA Teams


There are 30 total teams in the NBA, with each team representing a certain city ineither the United States of America or Canada. Following are the teams in the NBA. 


  1. LA Lakers  
  2. Milwaukee Bucks
  3. LA Clippers 
  4. Toronto Raptors 
  5. Denver Nuggets 
  6. Boston Celtics 
  7. Houston Rockets 
  8. Indiana Pacers 
  9. OKC Thunder
  10. Miami Heat 
  11. Utah Jazz
  12. Philadelphia 76ers
  13. Dallas Mavericks 
  14. Brooklyn Nets 
  15. Portland Trail Blazers 
  16. Orlando Magic 
  17. Memphis Grizzlies 
  18. Washington Wizards 
  19. Phoenix Suns 
  20. Charlotte Hornets 
  21. San Antonio Spurs 
  22. Chicago Bulls
  23. Sacramento Kings
  24. New York Knicks 
  25. New Orleans Pelicans 
  26. Detroit Pistons 
  27. Minnesota Timberwolves 
  28. Atlanta Hawks 
  29. Golden State Warriors 
  30. Cleveland Cavaliers 


NBA Power Rankings


NBA Power Rankings


For the last half decade, the Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA power rankings, housing a team that was simply out of this world. But during the NBA 2019-20 season, many teams, like the LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat have become formidable teams, and have threatened to steal the throne. 


NBA Trade Rumors


Over the course of the season, and the off-season, the NBA is filled with trade rumors that, as the name suggests, covers stories about players potentially moving teams, what the chances are of the trade happening at all are and so on. Trade Rumors are provided by NBA Insiders, that work with several sports’ news media outlets, to deliver the fans of the game, any news they may have and choose to reveal to the world. 


NBA Rankings


During the regular season, the NBA Ranking of a team is decided based on their win-loss ratio. The top 8 NBA ranked teams from each conference qualifies for the post-season. Generally, the 8th ranked team goes up against the franchise placed at 1st spot in that conference during the playoffs, While the 7th goes up against the 2nd, 6th against the 3rd and so on. NBA Ranking is not only important for deciding which team will face off against whom in the playoffs but also provides the home advantage in 4 out of the 7 matches of that series. 


FAQs


When does the regular NBA season start?

The NBA Regular season starts during the month of October, but the exact date varies from season to season.

 

How many games are there in NBA Season?

There are a total of 2,460 games played during the regular season of the NBA, with each team playing 82 games.

 

How many teams are there in NBA?

There are a total of 30 teams in the NBA. 15 each in the Western and Eastern Conference

 

What does NBA stand for? 

NBA stands for National Basketball Association.

 

How much do NBA refs make?

The average amount that NBA referees make in a year, ranges between $150,000 to $550,000.

 

Who has the most NBA rings?

Bill Russel has the most NBA Championship rings, with 11. 

 

How long is an NBA game? 

An NBA game is 48 minutes long, which are divided into four quarters, each 12 minutes long. If a game is tied at the end of 48 minutes, overtime periods of 5 minutes are played, until the two teams aren’t tied anymore. 

 

When do the NBA playoffs start?

The NBA Playoffs start close to the end of April, though the exact date varies from season to season. 


Who has the most NBA championships?

The LA Lakers and Boston Celtics are tied for the most NBA Championships, with 17 each.

 

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