2019–20 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner/s ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pick Zion Williamson
Picked by New Orleans Pelicans
Regular season
Season MVP TBD (???)
Top scorer TBD (???)
Eastern champions TBD
  Eastern runners-up TBD
Western champions TBD
  Western runners-up TBD
Finals champions TBD
  Runners-up TBD
Finals MVP TBD (???)
NBA seasons
← 2018–19

2020–21 →

The 2019–20 NBA season will be the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The regular season will begin on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The playoffs will begin on April 18, 2020, and will end with the NBA Finals in June 2020. The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 16, 2020, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. On October 22, the Toronto Raptors, who are the defending champions, will host the championship ring ceremony and play against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Scotiabank Arena, where Zion Williamson will make his debut in the NBA, followed by the 2019 Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, and the Los Angeles Clippers hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.



  • In September 2018, Dwyane Wade announced his intentions to retire from the NBA at the end of the 2018–19 season. Wade played his 16 seasons with the Miami HeatChicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers franchises, winning three championships with the Heat in 2006, 2012 and 2013. Wade is believed by many as the greatest Miami Heat player of all time.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On June 5, 2019, Vince Carter announced his intentions to retire after the 2019–20 season. Carter played for eight franchises during a record 22-year career in the NBA, and is set to become the first player ever to play in 4 different decades. Believed by many as the greatest Toronto Raptor/dunker of all time, Carter is the last remaining active player to have been drafted and played in the 1990s.
  • 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 with the San Antonio Spurs.
  • On June 28, 2019, Darren Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. He played for 5 franchises during his 10 year NBA career.

Free agency

Free agency negotiations began on June 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET, unlike July 1st from previous seasons.

Players officially signed after the July moratorium on July 6 at 12 p.m. ET.


The preseason will begin on September 30, 2019 and will end on October 18, 2019.

International games

The Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings will play two preseason games at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Indoor Stadium in Mumbai, India on October 4 and 5, 2019.

The Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets will play two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan on October 8 and 10, 2019.

The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets will play two preseason games in China, in Shanghai on October 10 and in Shenzhen on October 12.

The Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Mavericks will play one preseason game in Canada, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on October 17.

Regular season

The regular season will begin on October 22, 2019 and will end on April 15, 2020. The entire schedule was released on August 12, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

International games

On March 28, 2019, the NBA announced that the Charlotte Hornets and the Milwaukee Bucks will play at AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France on January 24, 2020.

On June 7, 2019, the NBA announced that the Dallas MavericksDetroit PistonsPhoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs would play at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, marking the first time that four NBA teams will play in Mexico City in one regular season. The Mavericks and Pistons will play on December 12, 2019, and the Spurs and Suns will play on December 14, 2019.



This will be the fourth year of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV.

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. 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. Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks hold the local TV rights to a combined total of 44 NHL, NBA, and MLB teams. On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion. Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.

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