Current years (2014–-- present)
After 4 seasons with the Miami Heat, LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014–-- 15 season. He led the group to their second Finals appearance with the assistance of Kyrie Irving Kevin Love Golden State Warriors defeated the Cavaliers in 6 video games, led by the Splash Brothers Stephen Curry Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers and the Warriors dealt with each other in the Finals a record four consecutive times. In the 2015–-- 16 season, the Warriors ended up 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 very first championship In the 2016–-- 17 season, the Warriors gained from the recruitment of totally free agent Kevin Durant. The Warriors won the Finals versus the Cavaliers.
After the departure of James in free firm in 2018, the Cavaliers' streak of playoff and Finals looks ended. The Warriors returned for a 5th consecutive Finals appearance in but lost to the Toronto Raptors, who won their first championship after getting Kawhi Leonard in a trade.
The 2019–-- 20 season was suspended forever on March 11, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested favorable 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 with no fans present.
This age likewise saw the continuous near year-over-year decline in NBA viewership. Between 2012 and 2019, the league lost 40 to 45 percent of its viewership. While a few of it can be credited to cable-cutting, other professional leagues, like the NFL and MLB have retained steady viewership demographics. The opening game of the 2020 Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat brought in just 7.41 million viewers to ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That is supposedly the lowest viewership seen for the Finals since a minimum of 1994 when total viewers began to be routinely taped and is a 45 percent decline from game one 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 players are taking, while others consider load management, the unequal talent distribution between the conferences and the cord-cutting of younger audiences as the primary factor for the decrease.
Following leaders like Vlade Divac Dražen Petrović (Croatia) who signed up with the NBA in the late 1980s, an increasing number of worldwide players have actually moved directly from playing somewhere else on the planet to starring in the NBA. Since 2006, the NBA has faced EuroLeague in exhibit matches NBA Europe Live Trip, and considering that 2009, in the EuroLeague American Tour 2013–-- 14 season opened with a record 92 worldwide players on the opening night rosters, representing 39 countries and consisting of over 20% of the league.
The start of the 2017–-- 18 season saw a record 108 global players representing 42 different countries marking 4 consecutive years of at least 100 international gamers and each team having at least one global gamer.
In 2018, the Phoenix Suns hired Serbian coach Igor Koko & scaron; kov as their new head coach, changing Canadian interim coach Jay Triano, making Koko & scaron; kov the very first European coach to end up being 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 produced.
Two 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 temporarily moved Oklahoma City in 2005 for two seasons because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The team returned to New Orleans in 2007.
A brand-new official video game ball was introduced on June 28, 2006, for the 2006–-- 07 season, marking the first change to the ball in over 35 years and only the second ball in 60 seasons.
Spalding, the brand-new ball included a brand-new style and new synthetic material that Spalding claimed provided a better grip, feel, and consistency than the initial ball. However, many players were vocal in their contempt 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 conventional leather basketball in use prior to the 2006–-- 07 season. The modification was affected by regular gamer complaints and validated hand injuries (cuts) brought on by the microfiber ball.
Gamers' Association had actually filed a suit on behalf of the players against the NBA over the brand-new ball.
Since the 2017–-- 18 season, the NBA team jerseys are made by Nike, changing the previous provider, Adidas. All groups will wear jerseys with the Nike logo design 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 Examination (FBI) started an examination on July 19, 2007, over accusations that veteran NBA referee Tim Donaghy bet on basketball video games he officiated over the previous 2 seasons and that he made calls impacting the point spread in those video games.
On August 15, 2007, Donaghy pleaded guilty to 2 federal charges related to the investigation. Donaghy claimed in 2008 that certain referees were friendly with gamers and business guys for the NBA, and he alleged that referees influenced the result of particular playoff and finals video games in 2002 and 2005. NBA commissioner David Stern denied the accusations and stated Donaghy was a convicted felon and a singing, working together witness.
Donaghy served 15 months in prison and was released in November 2009.
According to an independent research study by Ronald Beech of Video Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals in between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings, although the refs increased the Lakers' chances of winning through foul calls throughout the game, there was no collusion to repair the game. On declared star treatment throughout Game 6 by the referees toward certain gamers, Beech claimed, there does seem to be problems with various requirements and allowances for various players. 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 planned to keep the SuperSonics in Seattle for the remaining 2 seasons of the team's lease at KeyArena. Following a court case, the city of Seattle settled with the ownership group of the SuperSonics on July 2, 2008, permitting the team to relocate to Oklahoma City right away in exchange for ending the last two seasons of the group's lease at KeyArena.
Oklahoma City Thunder started playing in the 2008–-- 09 season.
The first outside game in the modern age of the league was dipped into the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 11, 2008, in between the Phoenix Suns Denver Nuggets The very first official NBA league video games on European ground took place 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 Throughout the 2013–-- 14 season, Stern retired as commissioner after 30 years, and deputy commissioner Adam Silver ascended to the position of commissioner. Throughout that season's playoffs, the Bobcats officially recovered the Hornets name, and by contract with the league and the Pelicans, also received sole ownership of all history, records, and stats from the Pelicans' time in Charlotte. As a result, the Hornets are now formally thought about to have actually been established 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 in between the Cleveland Browns Baltimore Ravens NFL Donald Sterling, who was then-owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, got a life time restriction from the NBA on April 29, 2014 after racist remarks he made became public. Sterling was likewise fined US$ 2.5 million, the maximum allowed under the NBA Constitution.
Becky Hammon was employed by the San Antonio Spurs on August 5, 2014, as an assistant coach, becoming the second female coach in NBA history but the very first full-time coach.
This also makes her the first full-time female coach in any of the four significant expert sports in The United States and Canada.
The NBA announced on April 15, 2016, that it would permit all 30 of its teams to sell business sponsor advertisement patches on main game uniforms, beginning with the 2017–-- 18 season. The sponsorship advertisement patches would appear on the left front of jerseys, opposite Nike's logo design, marking the first time a maker's logo design would appear on NBA jerseys, and would measure approximately 2.5 by 2.5 inches. The NBA would end up being the first significant North American expert sports league to allow business sponsorship logos on main team uniforms, and the last to have a consistent manufacturer logo design appear on its team uniforms.
The first team to announce a jersey sponsorship was the Philadelphia 76ers, who agreed to a handle StubHub On July 6, 2017, the NBA revealed an updated performance of its logo design; it was mostly similar to the previous style, except with modified typography and a richer color scheme. The league began to phase in the upgraded logo across its homes during the 2017 NBA Summer League The NBA likewise officially launched new Nike uniforms for all 30 teams starting with the 2017–-- 18 season. The league got rid of home and away uniform classifications. Rather, each group would have 4 or 6 uniforms: the Association edition, which is the group's white uniform, the Icon edition, which is the group's color uniform, and the Statement and City uniforms, which most groups utilize as an alternate uniform.
In 2018, the NBA also launched the Made uniform.
Following the summer season break, teams start training camps in late September. Training camps allow the coaching staff to examine gamers (specifically novices), scout the group's strengths and weak points, prepare the players for the strenuous regular season and determine the 12-man active lineup (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will begin the regular season. Groups have the capability to assign gamers with less than 2 years of experience to the NBA G League. After training school, a series of preseason exhibition games are held. Preseason matches are in some cases held in non-NBA cities, both in the United States and overseas. The NBA routine season begins in the recently of October.
Throughout the routine season, each team plays 82 games, 41 each house and away. A group faces challengers in its own department 4 times a year (16 games). Each group plays 6 of the teams from the other 2 divisions in its conference four times (24 games), and the staying 4 groups three times (12 games). Lastly, each group plays all the teams in the other conference twice each (30 games). This unbalanced structure implies the strength of schedule will differ between teams (but not as significantly as the NFL MLB ). Over five seasons, each group will have played 80 video games against their division (20 video games versus each challenger, 10 at home, 10 on the road), 180 video games against the rest of their conference (18 video games versus each opponent, 9 in the house, 9 on the roadway), and 150 games versus the other conference (10 video games versus each team, 5 at home, 5 on the roadway).
The NBA is likewise the only league that routinely schedules video games on Christmas The league has been playing games routinely on the vacation given that 1947, though the very first Christmas Day video games were not telecasted up until Games used this day have actually included a few of the best teams and gamers.
Christmas is likewise notable for NBA on television, as the holiday is when the 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 regular season pauses to commemorate the annual NBA All-Star 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 identify the remainder of the allstar starters. Coaches vote to choose the staying 14 All-Stars. Then, the top vote-getters in each conference draft their own group from a player pool of allstars. The leading vote-getter in the league makes initially select etc. The gamer with the best efficiency throughout the video game is rewarded with a Game MVP award. Other attractions of the All-Star break consist of the Increasing Stars Challenge (originally Rookie Difficulty), where the top rookies and second-year gamers in the NBA play in a 5-on-5 basketball game, with the existing format pitting U.S. gamers versus those from the rest of the world; the Abilities Obstacle, where players contend to finish an obstacle course consisting of shooting, passing, and dribbling in the fastest time; the Three Point Contest, where gamers contend to score the greatest variety of three-point basket in a provided time; and the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where gamers compete to soak the ball in the most amusing method according to the judges. These other tourist attractions have differing names which include the names of the numerous sponsors who have actually spent for naming rights.
Soon after the All-Star break is the trade deadline, 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 allowed to exchange players with each other for the remainder of the season, although they might still sign and release players. Significant trades are frequently finished right before the trading due date, making that day a hectic time for general supervisors Around the middle of April, the regular season ends. It is during this time that ballot starts for specific awards, along with the choice of the honorary, league-wide, post-season teams. The Sixth Man of the Year Award is given to the best gamer coming off the bench (must have more games coming off the bench than actual video games started). The Novice of the Year Award is granted to the most impressive first-year gamer. The Most Better Player Award is awarded to the gamer who is considered to have actually revealed the most improvement from the previous season. The Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded to the league's best defender. The Coach of the Year Award is granted to the coach that has actually made the most favorable distinction to a group. The Most Prized Possession Player Award is offered to the player deemed the most valuable for (his group) that season. Additionally, Sporting News grants an informal (however widely acknowledged) Executive of the Year Award to the basic supervisor who is adjudged to have performed the best job for the benefit of his franchise.
The NBA playoffs start in April after the conclusion of the routine season with the leading eight teams in each conference, no matter divisional positioning, competing for the league's champion title, the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Seeds are granted in rigorous order of routine season record (with a tiebreaker system utilized as required).
Having a higher seed offers several advantages. Given that the very first seed starts the playoffs playing against the eighth seed, the second seed plays the seventh seed, the third seed plays the 6th seed, and the fourth seed plays the fifth seed, having a higher seed implies a group faces a weaker group in the preliminary. The team in each series with the better record has home-court advantage, including the First Round. Before the league altered its playoff decision format for the 2006–-- 07 season, this implied that, for instance, if the group that received the 6th seed had a better record than the group with the third seed (by virtue of a divisional champion), the sixth seed would have home-court advantage, despite the fact that the other team had a greater seed. For that reason, the team with the best regular season record in the league is guaranteed home-court advantage in every series it plays. For example, in 2006, the Denver Nuggets won 44 video games and captured the Northwest Division and the third seed. Their opponent was the sixth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47 games and completed second in the Pacific Division. Although Denver won its much weaker division, the Clippers had a home-court advantage and won the series in 5.
The playoffs follow a competition format. Each group plays a challenger in a best-of-seven series, with the first string to win 4 video games advancing into the next round, while the other group is gotten rid of from the playoffs. In the next round, the effective group plays against another advancing team of the same conference. All however one group in each conference are eliminated from the playoffs. Given that the NBA does not re-seed teams, the playoff bracket in each conference uses a traditional style, with the winner of the series matching the very first- and eighth-seeded groups playing the winner of the series matching the fourth- and fifth-seeded groups, and the winner of the series matching the 2nd- and seventh-seeded teams 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, suggesting that one team will have house court in video games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the other plays at home in video games 3, 4, and 6. From 1985 to 2013, the NBA Finals followed a 2–-- 3–-- 2 pattern, implying that a person group had house court in video games 1, 2, 6, and 7, while the other played at home in video games 3, 4, and 5.
The last playoff round, a best-of-seven series in between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals and is held annually in June. The winner of the NBA Finals gets the Larry O'Brien Championship Prize. Each gamer and major factor including coaches and the general supervisor on the winning group receive a champion ring. In addition, the league awards the Expense Russell NBA Finals Many Prized Possession Player Award to the very best performing player of the series.
The league began using its existing format, with the top 8 teams in each conference advancing no matter divisional alignment, in the 2015–-- 16 season. Formerly, the top 3 seeds went to the department winners.