2017-18 NBA Season
2017-18 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 17, 2017 - April 11, 2018
April 14 - May 28, 2018 (Playoffs)
May 31 - June 17, 2018 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Markelle Fultz
Picked by Philadelphia 76ers
Regular season
Playoffs
Finals
NBA seasons
2018-19 ->

The 2017-18 NBA season will be the 72nd season of the National Basketball Association. The regular season will begin on October 17, 2017, with the 2017 runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers hosting a game against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] Christmas games will be played on December 25. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 18, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The regular season will end on April 11, 2018 and the playoffs will begin on April 14, 2018.

Transactions

Retirement

  • On July 17, 2017, Paul Pierce signed a ceremonial contract with the Boston Celtics and officially retired as a Celtic after playing 19 seasons and winning one championship with the Celtics.[2]
  • On July 19, 2017, James Jones was announced to be the vice president of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns, which signified his retirement after playing 14 seasons and winning two championships with the Miami Heat and one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[3]
  • On August 4, 2017, Jason Maxiell signed a ceremonial contract with the Detroit Pistons and officially retired after playing 14 seasons.[4]
  • On August 15, 2017, Tayshaun Prince was announced to be assistant general manager for the Memphis Grizzlies, which signified his retirement after playing 15 seasons and winning one championship with the Detroit Pistons.[5]
  • On September 2,2017, Primo? Brezec announced his retirement after 21 professional seasons. Brezec had played in Russia, Cyprus, Kuwait and his native country Slovenia since last playing in the NBA during the 2009-10 NBA season.[6]

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 2016-17 season 2017-18 season

For the first time since the 1975-76 NBA season there will be no coaching changes entering training camp.[]

Preseason

The preseason will begin on September 30 and will end on October 13.

Regular season

The regular season will begin on October 17, 2017. Christmas Day games will be played on December 25, 2017.[1] The regular season will end on April 11, 2018.

International games

On August 9, 2017, the NBA announced that the Brooklyn Nets would play two regular season games at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. On December 7, 2017, the Nets would play against the Oklahoma City Thunder and on December 9, 2017, they would match up against the Miami Heat.[7]

On August 10, 2017, the NBA announced that the Philadelphia 76ers would play the Boston Celtics at The O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom on January 11, 2018.[8]

Arenas

Media

This will be the second season of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

Uniforms

  • Nike will be the official on-court apparel provider beginning with the 2017-18 season.[13] During this time, each team will be provided with four different jersey apparel that will be displayed throughout the seasons: the "Association Edition", "Icon Edition", "Statement Edition" (tentatively called the Athlete's Mindset), and "Community Edition" jerseys will replace the more typical home and road jersey ideas with alternatives also being included as well. In addition to those jerseys, eight teams will also be provided a "Classic Edition" jersey to commemorate some of their past designs throughout the season.
  • The Charlotte Hornets will use an Air Jordan-branded apparel, which is endorsed by their owner Michael Jordan and is owned by Nike.[14]
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers will debut their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 31, 2017.[15]
  • The Detroit Pistons will debut their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 17, 2017.[16]
  • The Indiana Pacers will debut their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season after unveiling new alternate logos and home floor along with their uniforms on July 28, 2017.[17][18]
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves will debut their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season after unveiling the new logo on April 11, 2017,[19] and unveiling their new uniforms on August 10, 2017.[20]
  • The Portland Trail Blazers will debut their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season after unveiling the new logo on May 8, 2017,[21] and unveiling their new uniforms on July 29, 2017.[22]

Uniform sponsorships

Advertisements begin to appear on league uniforms starting this season. As of September 21, 2017, Sixteen teams have confirmed to sign uniform sponsorship deals:

Notable occurrences

  • On July 6, 2017, the NBA unveiled an update to its logo, featuring new typography and a modified color scheme.[39]
  • The regular season will start eight days earlier than the previous season. This move by the NBA aims for fewer "back-to-back" games, even fewer than the previous season which had already reached an all-time low to help address teams that are "resting" their superstars.[40]
  • The NBA have decreased the maximum number of timeouts in a game from eighteen to fourteen. The three team timeouts during the last two minutes of the game was also decreased to two per team in the last three minutes to improve the flow and pace of the game.[41]
  • The trade deadline was moved from four days after the NBA All-Star Game to ten days before so teams can settle their rosters before the All-Star break.[42]
  • Free-throw shooters will be assessed a delay-of-game violation if they venture outside of the three-point line in between attempts.[43]
  • The NBA also introduces the addition of two-way contract players, signifying an increasing partnership between the NBA and the newly branded NBA G League.[44]
  • Referees can now assess dangerous closeouts of defenders to jump shooters with little space to land for a technical or a flagrant foul. Informally dubbed as the "Zaza rule."[45][46]

See also

References

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