2019-20 NBA Season
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2019%E2%80%9320 NBA Season
2019-20 NBA season
LeagueNational Basketball Association
SportBasketball
Duration
  • October 22, 2019 - March 11, 2020
    (regular season before suspension)
  • July 30 - August 14, 2020
    (completion of regular season with "seeding" games)
  • August 15, 2020
    (Play-in tournament)
  • August 17 - September 27, 2020
    (Playoffs)
  • September 30 - October 11, 2020
    (Finals)
Number of games1,059
  • 63-67 games per team before regular season suspension
    (total for 8 teams not in NBA Bubble)
  • 8 games per team after regular season suspension
    (71-75 total for 22 teams in NBA Bubble)
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pickZion Williamson
Picked byNew Orleans Pelicans
Regular season
Top seedMilwaukee Bucks
Season MVPGiannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Top scorerJames Harden (Houston)
Playoffs
Eastern championsMiami Heat
  Eastern runners-upBoston Celtics
Western championsLos Angeles Lakers
  Western runners-upDenver Nuggets
Finals
ChampionsLos Angeles Lakers
  Runners-upMiami Heat
Finals MVPLeBron James (L.A. Lakers)
NBA seasons

The 2019-20 NBA season was the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 22, 2019 and was originally supposed to end on April 15, 2020. However, the season was suspended on March 11 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 16, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, and was won by Team LeBron, 157-155. The playoffs were originally scheduled to begin on April 18, and end with the NBA Finals in June. At the time of the suspension, teams had played between 63 and 67 games.

On June 4, the NBA Board of Governors approved a plan to restart the season on July 30, and the National Basketball Players Association approved this plan the next day.[2][3] Under the plan, 22 teams played eight additional regular season games to determine playoff seeding, and 16 teams entered a conventional post-season tournament.[2] All game play took place in the NBA Bubble, the isolation zone specifically created for NBA operations.

On August 26, the season was suspended for a second time by a wildcat strike during the playoffs.[4][5] Play resumed three days later on August 29.

The finals ended on October 11, 2020, 355 days after the October 22, 2019 regular-season opening day, and 377 days after the first pre-season games on September 30, 2019. This was the longest season in NBA history.

Transactions

Retirement

  • On March 1, 2019, Channing Frye announced his retirement from the NBA. Frye played 13 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.[6]
  • On April 9, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki announced his retirement from the NBA. Nowitzki played all his 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks franchise, winning one championship and Finals MVP with the Mavericks in 2011, and also led them to a Finals appearance in 2006.[7]
  • On June 10, 2019, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA. He played 18 seasons in the NBA and was a four-time NBA champion and Finals MVP in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs.[8]
  • On June 28, 2019, Darren Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for five franchises during his 10-year NBA career.[9]
  • On August 29, 2019, Zaza Pachulia announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for six franchises during his 16-year career. He won two championships with the Golden State Warriors.[10]
  • On September 13, 2019, Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for ten franchises during his 15-year NBA career. He won three championships with the Golden State Warriors.[11]
  • On October 17, 2019, Luol Deng signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Chicago Bulls and officially retired as a Bull after playing 15 seasons. He was a two-time All-Star with the Bulls.[12]
  • On November 4, 2019, José Calderón announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for seven franchises during his 14-year NBA career.[13]
  • On December 28, 2019, Zach Randolph announced his retirement from the NBA, Randolph played for five franchises during his 17-year NBA career. He was a two-time All-Star with the Memphis Grizzlies.[14]
  • On February 16, 2020, Marcin Gortat announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for four franchises during his 12-year NBA career.[15]
  • On April 14, 2020, Trevor Booker announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for five franchises during his eight-year NBA career.[16]
  • On June 25, 2020, Vince Carter announced his retirement from the NBA. Carter played for eight franchises during a record 22-year career in the NBA; he is the only player to play in four different decades and was the last active player to have been drafted and played in the 1990s.[17]

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on June 30, 2019, at 6 p.m. ET, unlike July 1 from previous seasons.[18]Players officially signed after the July moratorium on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.[19]

Coaching changes

Off-season

In-season

Preseason

The preseason began on September 30, 2019, and ended on October 18, 2019.[36]

International games

The Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings played two preseason games at the NSCI Dome in Mumbai, India on October 4 and 5, 2019.[37][38][39]

The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets played two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan on October 8 and 10, 2019.[40][41]

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets played two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 10 and in Shenzhen on October 12.[42][43][44]

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks played one preseason game in Canada, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 17.[45][46]

Regular season

The 2019-20 schedule was released on August 12, 2019,[47][48] and the regular season began on October 22, 2019.

On March 11, 2020, the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reformatted regular season, with 8 more games scheduled for 22 qualified teams going to the NBA Bubble in Orlando, was released on June 26. The regular season resumed play within the bubble on July 30.

By conference

Notes

  • z - Clinched home court advantage for the entire playoffs/clinched best record
  • c - Clinched home court advantage for the conference playoffs/clinched conference
  • y - Clinched division title
  • x - Clinched playoff spot
  • * - Division winner

International games

The Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks played at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on January 24, 2020, marking the first NBA regular season game in France.[49][50]

On June 7, 2019, the NBA announced that the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs would play at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, marking the first time that four NBA teams would play in Mexico City in one regular season. The Mavericks and Pistons played on December 12, 2019, and the Spurs and Suns played on December 14, 2019.[51][52][53]

Playoffs

The 2020 NBA playoffs began on August 17 and ended with the NBA Finals, which began on September 30 and ended on October 11.

Bracket

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Milwaukee* 4  
E8 Orlando 1  
  E1 Milwaukee* 1  
  E5 Miami* 4  
E4 Indiana 0
E5 Miami* 4  
  E5 Miami* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E3 Boston 2  
E3 Boston 4  
E6 Philadelphia 0  
  E3 Boston 4
  E2 Toronto* 3  
E2 Toronto* 4
E7 Brooklyn 0  
  E5 Miami* 2
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
W1 LA Lakers* 4  
W8 Portland 1  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
  W4 Houston* 1  
W4 Houston* 4
W5 Oklahoma City 3  
  W1 LA Lakers* 4
Western Conference
  W3 Denver* 1  
W3 Denver* 4  
W6 Utah 3  
  W3 Denver* 4
  W2 LA Clippers 3  
W2 LA Clippers 4
W7 Dallas 2  

* Division winner
Bold Series winner

Suspension of season and restart

On March 11, 2020, the game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder was abruptly postponed shortly before tipoff after it was discovered that Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.[54] That same evening, the game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings was also postponed last minute once it was discovered that a referee for the game, Courtney Kirkland, had worked a Utah Jazz game just two days prior.[55] Kirkland later tested negative for COVID-19.[56] The NBA then suspended the remainder of the 2019-20 season "until further notice" following the completion of games already underway.[1] This is the first time a regular season has been interrupted since the 2011 NBA lockout. The following day, Gobert's teammate Donovan Mitchell also tested positive.[57] On March 14, Detroit Pistons forward Christian Wood became the third NBA player to test positive for the virus, and the first outside of the Jazz.[58] On March 17, four Brooklyn Nets players, including superstar Kevin Durant, tested positive for the virus.[59][60] On March 19, two players for the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics, tested positive for COVID-19. All players have recovered and were cleared by local health officials.[61][62][63][64][65]

On May 23, it was announced that the NBA were in negotiations with The Walt Disney Company about the possibility to finish the season at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.[66] On May 29, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league office informed Board of Governors that July 31 is the target date for a season return.[67]

On June 4, the NBA Board of Governors approved a plan to restart the season on July 31 in Orlando. Under this plan, 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, all clubs within six games of a playoff spot, would play eight regular-season "seeding" games. A possible play-in tournament for the eighth seed in each conference would then be held if the ninth seed finishes the regular season within four games of the eighth seed.[2] This proposal was then approved by members of the National Basketball Players Association on June 5.[3]

Players strike

On August 26, 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play in Game 5 of the playoff series against the Orlando Magic to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.[68] The NBA and the National Basketball Player's Association announced that, in light of the Milwaukee Bucks striking for their game, the following games of the day will be postponed.[69] The Toronto Raptors had also discussed striking for their second-round playoff series with the Boston Celtics in frustration with a lack of social or legislative change after George Floyd's death and as a result of Blake's shooting before the Bucks' strike a few days later.[70]

Medical protocol for season restart

On June 16, 2020, the NBA released a medical protocol to be used during the season restart in the NBA Bubble at Walt Disney World to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, officials, and staff.[71][72] This includes regular testing for COVID-19 prior to and throughout the season restart, wearing a face covering or mask, and social distancing to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 from occurring. Players and coaches who are deemed "high-risk individuals" by their team, or players who have already suffered season-ending injuries prior to season suspension, will not be permitted to play and will also not lose any salary. Any player who is medically cleared may also decline to participate but they will lose their corresponding paychecks.[73]

Phase 1 of the plan ran from June 16 to 22, consisted of players traveling back to the home cities of their respective teams. In Phase 2 from June 23 to June 30, COVID-19 tests began being administered to players every other day. In Phase 3 from July 1 to July 11, mandatory individual workouts were conducted at team facilities, but group workouts were prohibited.[71]

Phase 4 ran from July 7 to July 21, consisting of the teams traveling to Disney World and conducting practices. Any player who tested positive in the previous phases may not travel until he is medically cleared to do so. Once teams arrive in Orlando, players and staff will be isolated in their rooms, required to pass two Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests 24 hours apart before being let out of this quarantine.[71] They will still be regularly tested for COVID-19 afterwards. A player who tests positive will be isolated and re-tested in case of a false positive; if COVID-19 is definitely confirmed, he will be quarantined for at least 14 days to recover.[73]

Players and staff will not be permitted into another's room, nor will they be able to socialize with players on other teams staying at a different hotel building. They will have access to food and recreational activities within their hotel's bubble, but they will have to wear masks indoors except when eating. Anybody who leaves the bubble without prior approval will have to be quarantined for at least 10 days.[73]

During Phase 5 from July 22 to 29, teams will play three scrimmages against the other teams staying at the same hotel. During Phase 6, when the regular season seeding games and playoffs are under way and teams begin to be eliminated from contention, players and staff on those clubs must pass one final COVID-19 test before they can leave Disney World.[73]

The NBA also set up an anonymous hotline for players to report protocol violations while in the bubble.[74][75]

Statistics

Individual statistic leaders

Category Player Team(s) Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 34.3
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit/Cleveland 15.2
Assists per game LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers 10.2
Steals per game Ben Simmons Philadelphia 76ers 2.1
Blocks per game Hassan Whiteside Portland Trail Blazers 2.9
Turnovers per game Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 4.8
Fouls per game Jaren Jackson Jr. Memphis Grizzlies 4.1
Minutes per game Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers 37.5
FG% Mitchell Robinson New York Knicks 74.2%
FT% Duncan Robinson Miami Heat 93.1%
3FG% Grant Williams Boston Celtics 100.0%
Efficiency per game Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 34.6
Double-doubles Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks 56
Triple-doubles Luka Don?i? Dallas Mavericks 17

Individual game highs

Team statistic leaders

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Milwaukee Bucks 118.7
Rebounds per game Milwaukee Bucks 51.7
Assists per game Phoenix Suns 27.2
Steals per game Chicago Bulls 10.0
Blocks per game Los Angeles Lakers 6.6
Turnovers per game San Antonio Spurs 12.6
FG% Los Angeles Lakers 48.0%
FT% Phoenix Suns 83.4%
3FG% Utah Jazz 38.0%
+/- Milwaukee Bucks +10.1

Awards

Yearly awards

While the statistics from the seeding games were counted towards players' regular season totals, the NBA ruled that its end-of-season awards were only based on games through March 11 and excluded the seeding games.[76] Finalist for the major awards were announced during the seeding games.[77] Due to the pandemic, the NBA Awards show held the prior three years was cancelled, and award winners are instead being announced on TNT during their coverage of the 2020 playoffs.[78][79]

2019-20 NBA awards
Award Recipient(s) Finalists[80]
Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) James Harden (Houston Rockets)
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Rookie of the Year Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat)
Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Sixth Man of the Year Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers) Dennis Schröder (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers)
Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat)
Luka Don?i? (Dallas Mavericks)
Coach of the Year Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks)
Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Executive of the Year Lawrence Frank (Los Angeles Clippers) Sam Presti (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Pat Riley (Miami Heat)
NBA Sportsmanship Award Vince Carter (Atlanta Hawks) Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
Langston Galloway (Detroit Pistons)
Tyus Jones (Memphis Grizzlies)
Garrett Temple (Brooklyn Nets)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans) Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kyle Korver (Milwaukee Bucks)
Community Assist Award Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings)
Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
George Hill (Milwaukee Bucks)
Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks)

Players of the Week

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October 22-27 Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks) (1/1) Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [84]
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/4) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [85]
November 4-10 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (1/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [86]
November 11-17 Nikola Vu?evi? (Orlando Magic) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [87]
November 18-24 Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets) (1/1) Luka Don?i? (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [88]
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/4) Carmelo Anthony (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [89][90]
December 2-8 Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat) (1/1) Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [91]
December 9-15 Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat) (1/1) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/3) [92]
December 16-22 Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Dennis Schröder (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [93]
December 23-29 Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) (1/2) Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [94][95]
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (3/4) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/3) [96]
January 6-12 Josh Richardson (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [97]
January 13-19 Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/1) [98][99]
January 20-26 Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors) (2/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/2) [100][101]
Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) (2/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/2) [102]
February 3-9 Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Nikola Joki? (Denver Nuggets) (1/1) [103][104]
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (4/4) Kristaps Porziis (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [105][106]
March 2-8 Norman Powell (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (3/3) [107]

Players of the Month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/3) Luka Don?i? (Dallas Mavericks) (1/1) [108]
December Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/3) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [109]
January Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (3/3) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/2) [110]
February Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) (1/1) LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) (2/2) [111]

Rookies of the Month

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (1/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/3) [112][113]
December Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (2/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (2/3) [114][115]
January Kendrick Nunn (Miami Heat) (3/3) Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) (3/3) [116][117]
February Coby White (Chicago Bulls) (1/1) Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [118][119]

Coaches of the Month

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref
October/November Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) (1/2) Frank Vogel (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [120][121]
December Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/2) Billy Donovan (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [122][123]
January Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) (2/2) Taylor Jenkins (Memphis Grizzlies) (1/1) [124][125]
February Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks) (2/2) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [126][127]

Seeding Games

Awards for seeding games play were also announced, with Damian Lillard named Player of the Seeding Games after averaging 37.6 points per game.[128]

Seeding Games awards
Award Recipient(s)
Player of the Seeding Games Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Coach of the Seeding Games Monty Williams (Phoenix Suns)
All-Seeding Games First Team Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Luka Don?i? (Dallas Mavericks)
James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
T. J. Warren (Indiana Pacers)
All-Seeding Games Second Team Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers)
Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets)
Michael Porter Jr. (Denver Nuggets)
Kristaps Porziis (Dallas Mavericks)

Arenas

Media

This is the fourth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.[134]

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Fox Sports Regional Networks were required to be sold off to third parties by June 18, 2019.[135] Fox also invoked a clause to give Yankee Global Enterprises the rights to buy their stake back in the YES Network, which airs the local broadcasts to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets.[136] Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks hold the local TV rights to a combined total of 44 NHL, NBA, and MLB teams.[137] On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion.[138] Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.[139] The networks continue to temporarily use the Fox Sports name under a transitional license agreement while Sinclair explores re-branding options.[140]

Notable occurrences

Players shooting in an emptied stadium
The Golden 1 Center being emptied on March 11, 2020, after the game between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans was postponed due to COVID-19
  • On October 24, 2019, Vince Carter of the Atlanta Hawks became the first player in NBA history to play 22 seasons. Carter officially checked in the game at 6:52 in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons.[141]
  • On November 3, 2019, Luka Don?i? of the Dallas Mavericks became the youngest player to record consecutive 25-point triple-doubles.[142]
  • On November 19, 2019, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers became the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams.[143]
  • On November 27, 2019, LeBron James became the fourth player in NBA history to reach 33,000 career points.[144]
  • On December 8, 2019, Luka Don?i? surpassed the record for the most consecutive games with at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976. Michael Jordan previously held the record, recording 18 consecutive games with at least 20-5-5 between March 13, 1989, and April 4, 1989.[145]
  • On December 10, 2019, Vince Carter became the fifth player in NBA history to play at least 1,500 games.[146]
  • On December 28, 2019, Jrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans, in addition to Justin Holiday and Aaron Holiday of the Indiana Pacers, became the first three brothers to play in the same NBA game.[147]
  • On December 29, 2019, LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to record at least 30,000 points, 9,000 rebounds and 9,000 assists.[148]
  • On January 1, 2020, NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern died at the age of 77, due to a brain hemorrhage sustained a few weeks prior.[149] For the remainder of the season, all thirty teams wore a black stripe of fabric on the left side of their jerseys in memory of Stern.[150]
  • On January 4, 2020, Vince Carter became the only player in NBA history to have played in four different decades.[151]
  • On January 13, 2020, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder became the youngest player in NBA history to record a 20-rebound triple-double at 21 years and 185 days old.[152]
  • On January 15, 2020, Chandler Parsons of the Atlanta Hawks was hit by a drunk driver, suffering potentially career-ending injuries.[153]
  • On January 20, 2020, Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets became the second player to record a triple-double against all 30 NBA teams.[154]
  • On January 22, 2020, Vince Carter moved past Alex English for 19th on the NBA all-time scoring list.[155]
  • On January 22, 2020, Zion Williamson made his professional debut, in a 121-117 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. He played 18 minutes and finished with 22 points and 7 rebounds, scoring 17 consecutive points in 3:08 minutes during the fourth quarter.[156]
  • On January 25, 2020, LeBron James moved past Kobe Bryant for 3rd on the NBA all-time scoring list.[157]
  • On January 26, 2020, a day after being passed by LeBron James for 3rd on the NBA's all-time scoring list, Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.[158] During the first minute of each game for this day, players paid tribute by dribbling through the 24-second shot clock violation and the 8-second backcourt violation, referencing the two numbers Bryant wore during his career.[159] In addition to this, the 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played with jersey numbers 24 and 2, the latter to pay tribute to Gianna.[160][161]
  • On January 27, the NBA announced that they would postpone the January 28 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center out of respect to Bryant.[162] The game was later originally rescheduled for April 9,[163] but was eventually played as the first game of the NBA restart on July 30 following the suspension of play due to the coronavirus pandemic.[164]
  • On January 31, 2020, Vince Carter moved up to third place in the NBA all-time games played list with 1,523 passing Dirk Nowitzki in the process.[165]
  • On February 23, 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks clinched the earliest playoff berth with their 137-134 win over the Washington Wizards.[166]
  • On March 11, 2020, the league suspended the season indefinitely after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after the WHO declared the disease a pandemic on the same day. Gobert's positive test causes a massive ripple effect, causing a shutdown of the vast majority or the sports world within five days.[1] Vince Carter also played what became his final game, hitting a three-pointer in a 136-131 overtime loss to the New York Knicks.[167]
  • On June 4, the NBA Board of Governors approved 29-1 (with the lone dissenter being the Portland Trail Blazers) resuming the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World, after prior consideration of Las Vegas and Houston as potential spots.[168]
  • On June 16, 2020, the NBA released a medical protocol to be used during the season restart in the bubble to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches, officials, and staff.[169][170]
  • On June 25, 2020, Vince Carter officially announced his retirement after 22 seasons and four separate decades in the NBA. He is the only player to accomplish both these feats.[167]
  • On July 30, 2020, the regular season resumed in the NBA bubble.[171]
  • On August 8, 2020, Luka Don?i? recorded his 17th triple double of the season, clinching his spot as the youngest player to ever lead the NBA in triple doubles in a season.[172]
  • On August 13, 2020, the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated from playoff contention, ending an NBA record-tying 22-year streak.[173]
  • On August 17, 2020, Donovan Mitchell scored 57 points, the 3rd highest in NBA single-game playoff history, against the Denver Nuggets in game 1 of their playoff series.[174]
  • On August 23, 2020, Luka Don?i?'s performance in Game 4 of the Dallas Mavericks playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, including 43 points, 17 rebounds, 13 assists, and a game-winning buzzer beater, broke a number of records. He became the youngest player to hit a game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs, one of only three players to make 40+ points, 15+ rebounds, and 10+ assists in a playoff game, one of only five players to make 40+ points including a buzzer beater in a playoff game,first Dallas Maverick to have a triple double in the playoffs, among others.[175][176]
  • On August 23, 2020, Donovan Mitchell scored 51 points and Jamal Murray scored 50 points in a playoff game between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets, the first time in NBA history that two players scored 50 points in a playoff game.
  • On August 26, 2020, the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic in order to protest the Shooting of Jacob Blake a few days prior. Similar decisions by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers came shortly after.[177]
  • On September 15, 2020, the Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals after initially trailing in the series 3-1. This marked the first time that a team overcame consecutive 3-1 series deficits in a single playoff run, as the Nuggets had previously overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win their first round series against the Utah Jazz.[178]
  • On October 11, 2020, Talen Horton-Tucker becomes the second youngest NBA player to win a NBA Championship after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat 106-93 to win the 2020 NBA Finals.

See also

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