NBA announces to resume 2019-20 season from July 31

LOS ANGELES, USA, June 5, 2020 ( –Adam Silver, Commissioner of the NBA, has announced the resumption of 2019-20 season from July 31 as his 22-Team plan gets an approval after Portland Trail Blazers’ resistance.

As per the information available, the rest of the 2019-20 NBA season will be played at Florida’s Disney World Resort. The training camp will start from July 9-11 while the 2019-20 season will be played from July 31 to October 12. It is reported that Portland Trail Blazers was the only team that voted against the 22-team format.

The details relating to qualifying for 22-teams format are as follow:

  • If the 9th seed is more than 4 games back, 8th seed earns a playoff spot
  • If 9th seed is 4 or fewer games behind, play-in: single-elimination for 9th seed, double-elimination for 8th

August 25 is announced for draft lottery while the NBA draft for 2020-21 will be held on October 15. October 18 is set for Free Agency. The training camp for 2020-21 will start from November 10 and the NBA season will kick off from December 1 which is flexible.

It is also learnt that international players will be returning to join their teams from June 15 while 21st June has been set as cut off date for the players to report to their teams. From June 22, the teams will start conducting Coronavirus screening of all the players.

The NBA 2019-20 season was stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic which effected the sports activities all around the world. Now soccer has taken the lead in resuming sports activities as Bundesliga kicked off last month to finish their 2019-20 season.

NBA 22-Teams Format

Based on the competitive format that the NBA Board of Governors approved today, the 22 returning teams would be the 16 teams (eight per conference) in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.  Those two groups comprise teams with the NBA’s 22 best records

Following was the points table positions in both Eastern and Western Conference:

Eastern Conference

  1. Milwaukee Bucks
  2. Toronto Raptors
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Miami Heat
  5. Indiana Pacers
  6. Philadelphia 76ers
  7. Brooklyn Nets
  8. Orlando Magic

Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Lakers
  2. LA Clippers
  3. Denver Nuggets
  4. Utah Jazz
  5. Oklahoma City Thunder
  6. Houston Rockets
  7. Dallas Mavericks
  8. Memphis Grizzlies

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