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2018–19 NBA season
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Duration Regular Season
October 16-May 25, 2019
May 30-June 13, 2019
No. of games 82
No. of teams 30
Regular season
Top seed Eastern Conference:
Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)
Western Conference:
Golden State Warriors (57-25)
Season awards
MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
ROTY Luka Dončić (DAL)
COTY Mike Budenholzer (MIL)
Eastern Conference Championship
Champions Toronto Raptors
Series TOR:4 - MIL: 2
Opponent Milwaukee Bucks
Western Conference Champion
Champions Golden State Warriors
Series GS:4 - POR: 0
Opponent Portland Trail Blazers
Champion Toronto Raptors (1st title)
Series TOR:4 - GS: 2
Opponent Golden State Warriors
Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (TOR)
No. 1 pick: Flag of the Bahamas.png Deandre Ayton
(Arizona, Fr.)
Draft team: Phoenix Suns
NBA All-Star Game
2019 NBA All-Star Game
Date February 17
Host: Spectrum Center
(Charlotte, NC)
Champions Team LeBron (West)
Score 178-164
Opponent Team Giannis (East)
MVP Kevin Durant (West)
NBA seasons
<- 2017–18 NBA season
2019-20 NBA season ->

The 2018–19 NBA season was the 73rd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 16, 2018. Christmas Games were played on December 25. The 2019 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 17, 2019 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. The regular season ended on April 10, 2019. The playoffs began on April 13, 2019 and ended on June 13, 2019, with the Toronto Raptors defeating the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals in six games becoming NBA champions for the first time in franchise history and the first team in NBA history to win a championship without a single lottery pick on the roster. This season would mark the first time since 2010 in which LeBron James did not make a Finals appearance. This would also be the final season for Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Dwyane Wade. This was the last NBA season to play in a regular 82-game season from mid-October to mid-April until the 2021-22 NBA season.



  • On May 10, Nick Collison announced his retirement after 15 playing seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. His number 4 jersey was retired by the Thunder on January 12, 2019, making him the first Thunder player to have his jersey retired.
  • On May 25, Mo Williams announced his retirement after playing 13 seasons with seven teams.

Free Agency

Free Agency negotiations began on July 1 players began signing on July 6 after the July moratorium ends.


The Preseason began on September 29 and ended on October 12.

International Games

The Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers played two preseason games in china at Shanghai on October 5 and Shenzen on October 8.

The Washington Wizards played the New York Knicks in a regular season game in London on January 17, 2019.

Regular season

The Regular season began on October 16, 2018 and ended on April 10, 2019.


  • This was the Milwaukee Bucks' first season at the Wisconsin Sports and Entertainment Center.
  • This was the Golden State Warriors' final season at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Warriors played their final regular season and postseason games there in April-June 2019 before moving to the Chase Center in Downtown San Francisco, California.


This was the third year of the current contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.


On June 6, 2018 the Denver Nuggets unveiled new logos and new uniforms for the 2018-19 NBA season.

Notable Occurrences

NBA seasons
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2020's 2020-212021-222022-232023-242024-252025-262026-272027-282028-292029-30

National Basketball Association
Comissioners Maurice Podoloff (1946-1963) • Walter Kennedy (1963-1975) • Larry O'Brien (1975-1984) •
David Stern (1984-2014) • Adam Silver (2014-present)
Teams Atlanta HawksBoston CelticsBrooklyn NetsCharlotte HornetsChicago Bulls
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