Current years (2014–-- present)
After 4 seasons with the Miami Heat, LeBron James went back to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014–-- 15 season. He led the team to their second Finals appearance with the help of Kyrie Irving Kevin Love Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers in 6 games, led by the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers and the Warriors faced each other in the Finals a record four consecutive times. In the 2015–-- 16 season, the Warriors finished the season 73–-- 9, the best season record in NBA history However, the Cavaliers overcame a 3–-- 1 deficit in the Finals to win their first championship In the 2016–-- 17 season, the Warriors took advantage of the recruitment of complimentary agent Kevin Durant. The Warriors won the Finals against the Cavaliers.
After the departure of James in totally free agency in 2018, the Cavaliers' streak of playoff and Finals looks ended. The Warriors returned for a fifth consecutive Finals look in but lost to the Toronto Raptors, who won their first champion after getting Kawhi Leonard in a trade.
The 2019–-- 20 season was suspended indefinitely on March 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert checked positive for the coronavirus.
On June 4, 2020, the NBA Board of Governors voted to resume the season in a 22-team format with 8 seeding video games per group and a regular playoffs format, with all games played in a bubble Walt Disney World without any fans present.
This era also saw the continuous near year-over-year decline in NBA viewership. In between 2012 and 2019, the league lost 40 to 45 percent of its viewership. While a few of it can be attributed to cable-cutting, other professional leagues, like the NFL and MLB have actually maintained steady viewership demographics. The opening video game of the 2020 Finals in between the Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat generated only 7.41 million audiences to ABC, according to The Hollywood Press reporter. That is reportedly the lowest viewership seen for the Finals because at least 1994 when total audiences began to be frequently recorded and is a 45 percent decrease from video game one in between the Golden State Warriors Toronto Raptors, which had 13.51 million audiences a year previously. Some attribute this decrease to the political stances the league and its gamers are taking, while others consider load management, the uneven skill circulation in between the conferences and the cord-cutting of more youthful viewers as the main reason for the decrease.
Following leaders like Vlade Divac Dražen Petrović (Croatia) who joined the NBA in the late 1980s, an increasing number of global players have actually moved straight from playing somewhere else worldwide to starring in the NBA. Given that 2006, the NBA has actually faced EuroLeague in exhibition matches NBA Europe Live Trip, and given that 2009, in the EuroLeague American Tour 2013–-- 14 season opened with a record 92 international players on the opening night rosters, representing 39 nations and comprising over 20% of the league.
The start of the 2017–-- 18 season saw a record 108 global players representing 42 different countries marking 4 successive years of at least 100 international gamers and each group having at least one global gamer.
In 2018, the Phoenix Suns employed Serbian coach Igor Koko & scaron; kov as their brand-new head coach, replacing Canadian interim coach Jay Triano, making Koko & scaron; kov the very first European coach to become a head coach for a team in the NBA.
In 2001, an affiliated minor league, the National Basketball Advancement League, now called the NBA G League, was developed.
2 years after the Hornets' transfer to New Orleans, the NBA went back to North Carolina, as the Charlotte Bobcats were formed as an expansion team briefly moved Oklahoma City in 2005 for 2 seasons because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The team went back to New Orleans in 2007.
A brand-new authorities game ball was presented on June 28, 2006, for the 2006–-- 07 season, marking the very first change to the ball in over 35 years and just the second ball in 60 seasons.
Spalding, the brand-new ball included a new design and brand-new synthetic material that Spalding claimed used a much better grip, feel, and consistency than the original ball. Nevertheless, numerous gamers were vocal in their disdain for the brand-new ball, saying that it was too sticky when dry, and too slippery when damp.
Commissioner Stern revealed on December 11, 2006, that starting January 1, 2007, the NBA would return to the standard leather basketball in use prior to the 2006–-- 07 season. The modification was influenced by regular player grievances and verified hand injuries (cuts) brought on by the microfiber ball.
Players' Association had submitted a fit on behalf of the gamers against the NBA over the brand-new ball.
As of the 2017–-- 18 season, the NBA team jerseys are produced by Nike, changing the previous supplier, Adidas. All groups will wear jerseys with the Nike logo except the Charlotte Hornets, whose jerseys will instead have the Jumpman logo design related to longtime Nike endorser Michael Jordan, who owns the Hornets.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began an investigation on July 19, 2007, over allegations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bank on basketball video games he officiated over the previous two seasons and that he made calls affecting the point spread in those games.
On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the examination. Donaghy claimed in 2008 that particular referees were friendly with players and business men for the NBA, and he alleged that referees influenced the outcome of certain playoff and finals games in 2002 and 2005. NBA commissioner David Stern denied the allegations and said Donaghy was a convicted felon and a singing, cooperating witness.
Donaghy served 15 months in jail and was released in November 2009.
According to an independent study by Ronald Beech of Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, although the refs increased the Lakers' opportunities of winning through nasty calls during the video game, there was no collusion to fix the game. On alleged star treatment during Video game 6 by the referees towards certain gamers, Beech claimed, there does appear to be issues with different requirements and allowances for various gamers. The NBA Board of Governors approved the request of the Seattle SuperSonics relocate to Oklahoma City on April 18, 2008.
The group, however, could stagnate up until it had settled a claim filed by the city of Seattle, which was meant to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle for the staying 2 seasons of the team's lease at KeyArena. Following a lawsuit, the city of Seattle settled with the ownership group of the SuperSonics on July 2, 2008, permitting the team to transfer to Oklahoma City right away in exchange for terminating the last 2 seasons of the team's lease at KeyArena.
Oklahoma City Thunder began playing in the 2008–-- 09 season.
The very first outside video game in the contemporary era of the league was dipped into the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 11, 2008, between the Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets The first official NBA league video games on European ground happened in 2011. In two matchups, the New Jersey Nets Toronto Raptors O2 Arena in London in front of over 20,000 fans.
After the 2012–-- 13 season, the New Orleans Hornets were renamed the Pelicans During the 2013–-- 14 season, Stern retired as commissioner after thirty years, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver rose to the position of commissioner. During that season's playoffs, the Bobcats formally reclaimed the Hornets name, and by agreement with the league and the Pelicans, also received sole ownership of all history, records, and statistics from the Pelicans' time in Charlotte. As an outcome, the Hornets are now officially thought about to have been founded in 1988, suspended operations in 2002, and resumed in 2004 as the Bobcats, while the Pelicans are officially treated as a 2002 growth team.
(This is rather similar to the relationship between the Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens NFL Donald Sterling, who was then-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, got a lifetime ban from the NBA on April 29, 2014 after racist remarks he made became public. Sterling was likewise fined US$ 2.5 million, the maximum permitted under the NBA Constitution.
Becky Hammon was hired by the San Antonio Spurs on August 5, 2014, as an assistant coach, becoming the second female coach in NBA history but the first full-time coach.
This likewise makes her the very first full-time female coach in any of the four significant professional sports in North America.
The NBA revealed on April 15, 2016, that it would enable all 30 of its teams to offer corporate sponsor advertisement patches on main game uniforms, starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The sponsorship advertisement spots would appear on the left front of jerseys, opposite Nike's logo design, marking the very first time a manufacturer's logo would appear on NBA jerseys, and would determine roughly 2.5 by 2.5 inches. The NBA would end up being the very first major North American professional sports league to permit corporate sponsorship logo designs on official team uniforms, and the last to have a consistent producer logo appear on its group uniforms.
The first team to announce a jersey sponsorship was the Philadelphia 76ers, who consented to a deal with StubHub On July 6, 2017, the NBA revealed an updated rendition of its logo; it was mainly identical to the previous style, except with revised typography and a richer color design. The league started to phase in the updated logo across its properties throughout the 2017 NBA Summer League The NBA also officially launched new Nike uniforms for all 30 groups starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The league removed home and away uniform designations. Rather, each team would have 4 or six uniforms: the Association edition, which is the team's white uniform, the Icon edition, which is the team's color uniform, and the Declaration and City uniforms, which most groups use as an alternate uniform.
In 2018, the NBA likewise released the Made uniform.
Following the summertime break, teams begin training camps in late September. Training camps allow the coaching staff to evaluate gamers (specifically rookies), hunt the team's strengths and weak points, prepare the players for the rigorous regular season and figure out the 12-man active roster (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will start the regular season. Groups have the ability to assign gamers with less than 2 years of experience to the NBA G League. After training camp, a series of preseason exhibition video games are held. Preseason matches are sometimes held in non-NBA cities, both in the United States and overseas. The NBA routine season begins in the recently of October.
During the regular season, each team plays 82 games, 41 each home and away. A group deals with opponents in its own department 4 times a year (16 video games). Each team plays 6 of the teams from the other two divisions in its conference four times (24 video games), and the remaining 4 groups three times (12 games). Finally, each team plays all the teams in the other conference twice apiece (30 video games). This unbalanced structure suggests the strength of schedule will differ between groups (however not as considerably as the NFL MLB ). Over 5 seasons, each team will have played 80 video games against their division (20 games versus each opponent, 10 in your home, 10 on the roadway), 180 video games versus the rest of their conference (18 games against each opponent, 9 in the house, 9 on the road), and 150 video games versus the other conference (10 video games against each team, 5 in your home, 5 on the roadway).
The NBA is also the only league that frequently schedules games on Christmas The league has actually been playing games regularly on the vacation since 1947, though the first Christmas Day video games were not telecasted up until Games played on this day have actually included a few of the very best groups and players.
Christmas is likewise noteworthy for NBA on tv, as the holiday is when the very first NBA video games air on network tv each season.
Games played on this day have actually been some of the highest-rated games during a specific season.
In February, the routine season stops briefly to celebrate the yearly NBA All-Star Video game. Fans vote throughout the United States, Canada, and on the Internet, and the top vote-getters in each conference are called captains. Fan votes figure out the rest of the allstar starters. Coaches vote to choose the staying 14 All-Stars. Then, the leading vote-getters in each conference draft their own group from a player pool of allstars. The top vote-getter in the league earns first choose etc. The gamer with the very best efficiency during the video game is rewarded with a Video game MVP award. Other attractions of the All-Star break consist of the Rising Stars Obstacle (initially Novice Challenge), where the leading novices and second-year gamers in the NBA play in a 5-on-5 basketball video game, with the current format pitting U.S. players versus those from the rest of the world; the Skills Challenge, where players contend to finish a challenge course consisting of shooting, passing, and dribbling in the fastest time; the 3 Point Contest, where gamers contend to score the greatest number of three-point field goals in a provided time; and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where players complete to dunk the ball in the most amusing method according to the judges. These other destinations have varying names which include the names of the different sponsors who have actually spent for calling rights.
Soon after the All-Star break is the trade due date, which is set to fall on the 16th Thursday of the season (typically in February) at 3pm Eastern Time After this date, groups are not permitted to exchange players with each other for the remainder of the season, although they may still sign and launch gamers. Significant trades are typically finished right prior to the trading deadline, making that day a stressful time for basic managers Around the middle of April, the routine season ends. It is during this time that voting begins for specific awards, as well as the selection of the honorary, league-wide, post-season groups. The Sixth Man of the Year Award is offered to the best player coming off the bench (must have more games coming off the bench than real games started). The Rookie of the Year Award is awarded to the most exceptional first-year player. One Of The Most Improved Player Award is awarded to the gamer who is considered to have actually shown the most improvement from the previous season. The Defensive Player of the Year Award is granted to the league's finest protector. The Coach of the Year Award is granted to the coach that has actually made the most favorable distinction to a team. One Of The Most Valuable Player Award is offered to the gamer deemed the most important for (his team) that season. In Addition, Sporting News grants an unofficial (but extensively recognized) Executive of the Year Award to the basic supervisor who is adjudged to have performed the best task for the benefit of his franchise.
The NBA playoffs start in April after the conclusion of the regular season with the leading eight groups in each conference, regardless of divisional positioning, completing for the league's champion title, the Larry O'Brien Champion Trophy. Seeds are awarded in rigorous order of routine season record (with a tiebreaker system utilized as needed).
Having a higher seed offers numerous advantages. Considering that the first seed begins the playoffs playing against the 8th seed, the 2nd seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the 6th seed, and the 4th seed plays the 5th seed, having a higher seed suggests a group faces a weaker group in the preliminary. The group in each series with the better record has home-court benefit, including the Preliminary. Prior to the league changed its playoff determination format for the 2006–-- 07 season, this meant that, for example, if the team that got the 6th seed had a better record than the team with the third seed (by virtue of a divisional championship), the sixth seed would have home-court benefit, although the other team had a higher seed. Therefore, the team with the very best regular season record in the league is ensured home-court advantage in every series it plays. For instance, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 video games and caught the Northwest Department and the third seed. Their challenger was the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 video games and ended up second in the Pacific Division. Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had a home-court benefit and won the series in 5.
The playoffs follow a competition format. Each group plays an opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win 4 games advancing into the next round, while the other group is gotten rid of from the playoffs. In the next round, the successful group plays against another advancing group of the same conference. All however one team in each conference are removed from the playoffs. Because the NBA does not re-seed groups, the playoff bracket in each conference utilizes a traditional style, with the winner of the series matching the first- and eighth-seeded teams playing the winner of the series matching the 4th- and fifth-seeded groups, and the winner of the series matching the second- and seventh-seeded groups playing the winner of the series matching the third- and sixth-seeded teams. In every round, the best-of-7 series follows a 2–-- 2–-- 1–-- 1–-- 1 home-court pattern, meaning that one team will have house court in games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in games 3, 4, and 6. From 1985 to 2013, the NBA Finals followed a 2–-- 3–-- 2 pattern, indicating that one group had house court in games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at home in games 3, 4, and 5.
The final playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is referred to as the NBA Finals and is held yearly in June. The winner of the NBA Finals gets the Larry O'Brien Champion Prize. Each gamer and significant contributor consisting of coaches and the basic supervisor on the winning team get a championship ring. In addition, the league awards the Expense Russell NBA Finals The Majority Of Belongings Gamer Award to the very best performing gamer of the series.
The league started utilizing its existing format, with the leading 8 groups in each conference advancing no matter divisional alignment, in the 2015–-- 16 season. Formerly, the top three seeds went to the department winners.