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2020–21 NBA season
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Duration Regular Season
December 22, 2020 - May 16, 2021
Play-In Touranment
May 18 - May 21, 2021
Playoffs
May 21 - July 6, 2021
Finals
July 6 - 20, 2021
No. of games 72
No. of teams 30
Regular season
Top seed Eastern Conference:
Philadelphia 76ers (49–23)
Western Conference:
Utah Jazz (52–20)
Season awards
MVP Nikola Jokić (DEN)
COTY Tom Thibodeau (NYK)
ROTY LaMelo Ball (CHA)
Playoffs
Eastern Conference Championship
Champions Milwaukee Bucks
Series MIL: 4 - ATL: 2
Opponent Atlanta Hawks
Western Conference Championship
Champions Phoenix Suns
Series PHX: 4 - LAC: 2
Opponent Los Angeles Clippers
Finals
Champions Milwaukee Bucks
Series MIL: 4 - PHX: 2
Opponent Phoenix Suns
Awards
Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
Draft
2020 NBA Draft
No. 1 pick: Anthony Edwards
Draft team: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA All-Star Game
2021 NBA All-Star Game
Date March 7, 2021
Host: State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Champions Team LeBron
Score 170-150
Opponent Team Durant
MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo
NBA seasons
<- 2019–20 NBA season
2021–22 NBA season ->

The 2020–21 NBA season was the 75th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular season was reduced to 72 games for each team, and began on December 22, 2020. The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was played on March 7, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and was won by Team LeBron, 170–150. The playoffs are tentatively scheduled to run under the standard 16-team playoff format between May 22 and July 22, 2021. Due to COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, the Toronto Raptors played their 2020–21 home games at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Transactions

Retirements

  • On September 8, 2020, Marvin Williams announced his retirement from the NBA. Williams played for four teams during his 15-year NBA career.
  • On September 14, 2020, Leandro Barbosa announced his retirement from the NBA. Barbosa played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
  • On October 24, 2020, Kevin Séraphin announced his retirement from the NBA. Séraphin played for three teams during his seven-year NBA career.
  • On November 16, 2020, Corey Brewer announced his retirement from the NBA. Brewer played for 12 years in the NBA for eight teams, winning one championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
  • On November 18, 2020, Dorell Wright announced his retirement from the NBA. Wright played for four teams during his 11-year NBA career, winning one championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.
  • On November 25, 2020, Aaron Brooks announced his retirement from the NBA. Brooks played for seven teams during his 13-year NBA career.
  • On November 30, 2020, Andrew Bogut announced his retirement from the NBA. Bogut played for five teams during his 14-year NBA career, winning one championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.
  • On November 30, 2020, Evan Turner announced his retirement from the NBA. Turner played 10 seasons for five teams during his time in the NBA.
  • On February 4, 2021, Lucas Nogueira announced his retirement from the NBA. Nogueira played for the Toronto Raptors for his entire four-year NBA career.
  • On March 1, 2021, Joakim Noah announced his retirement from the NBA. Noah played for four teams during his 13-year NBA career. He was the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, and a two-time All-Star.
  • On March 31, 2021, Thabo Sefolosha announced his retirement from the NBA. Sefolosha played for five teams during his 14-year NBA career.
  • On April 15, 2021, LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement from the NBA as a result of health concerns. Aldridge played for three teams during his 15-year NBA career, and was a seven-time All-Star.

Free agency

Free agency negotiations were scheduled to begin on October 18, 2020, but that date was delayed. On November 9, 2020, it was announced that free agency would begin on November 20 at 6 p.m. ET, with signings permitted starting at 12 p.m. ET on November 22, 2020.


Regular season

The entire schedule of the first-half of the season was released on December 2, 2020, while the entire shedule of the second-half of the season was released on February 24, 2021. The regular season began on December 22, 2020, and ended on May 16, 2021.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
c – Philadelphia 76ers 49 23 .681 0.0 29-7 20-16 10-2 72
x – Brooklyn Nets 48 24 .667 1.0 28-8 20-16 8-4 72
x – New York Knicks 41 31 .569 8.0 25-11 16-20 4-8 72
x – Boston Celtics 36 36 .500 13.0 21-15 15–21 4-8 72
o – Toronto Raptors 27 45 .376 22.0 16-20 11-15 4-8 72
Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y – Milwaukee Bucks 46 26 .639 3.0 26-10 20-16 11–1 72
pi – Indiana Pacers 34 38 .472 15.0 13-23 21-15 7-5 72
o – Chicago Bulls 31 41 .431 18.0 15-21 16-20 7–5 72
o – Cleveland Cavaliers 22 50 .306 27.0 13-23 9–27 4-8 72
o – Detroit Pistons 20 52 .292 29.0 13-23 7-29 1-11 72
Southeast Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y – Atlanta Hawks 41 31 .569 8.0 25-11 16-20 9-3 72
x – Miami Heat 40 32 .556 9.0 21-15 19-17 6-6 72
x – Washington Wizards 34 38 .472 15.0 19-17 15-21 3–9 72
pi – Charlotte Hornets 33 49 .458 16.0 18-19 15-20 8-4 72
o – Orlando Magic 21 51 .292 28.0 11-25 10-26 4-8 72

Western Conference

Northwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z – Utah Jazz 52 20 .722 0.0 31-5 21-15 7-5 72
x – Denver Nuggets 47 25 .653 5.0 25-11 22-14 9-3 72
x – Portland Trail Blazers 42 30 .611 10.0 20-16 22-14 6-6 72
o – Minnesota Timberwolves 23 49 .319 29.0 13-23 10-26 5–7 72
o – Oklahoma City Thunder 22 50 .306 30.0 10-26 12-24 3-9 72
Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y – Phoenix Suns 51 21 .708 1.0 27-9 24-12 7-5 72
x – Los Angeles Clippers 47 25 .681 5.0 25-11 22-14 9-3 72
x – Los Angeles Lakers 42 30 .611 10.0 21-15 21-15 4-8 72
pi – Golden State Warriors 39 33 .542 13.0 25-11 14-22 5-7 72
o – Sacramento Kings 31 41 .431 21.0 16-20 15-21 5-7 72
Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
y – Dallas Mavericks 42 30 .583 10.0 21-15 21-15 7–5 72
x – Memphis Grizzlies 38 34 .528 14.0 18–18 20-16 6-6 72
pi – San Antonio Spurs 33 39 .458 19.0 14-22 19-17 6-6 72
o – New Orleans Pelicans 31 41 .451 21.0 18-18 13–23 7–6 72
o – Houston Rockets 17 55 .236 35.0 9-27 8-28 5-7 72

By conference

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 c – Philadelphia 76ers * 49 23 .681 0.0 72
2 x – Brooklyn Nets 48 24 .677 1.0 72
3 y – Milwaukee Bucks * 46 26 .639 3.0 72
4 x – New York Knicks 41 31 .569 8.0 72
5 y – Atlanta Hawks * 41 31 .569 8.0 72
6 x – Miami Heat 40 32 .556 9.0 72
7 x – Boston Celtics 36 36 .500 13.0 72
8 x – Washington Wizards 34 38 .472 15.0 72
9 pi – Indiana Pacers 34 38 .472 15.0 72
10 pi – Charlotte Hornets 33 39 .458 16.0 72
11 o – Chicago Bulls 31 41 .431 18.0 72
12 o – Toronto Raptors 27 45 .375 22.0 72
13 o – Cleveland Cavaliers 22 50 .306 27.0 72
14 o – Orlando Magic 21 51 .292 28.0 72
15 o – Detroit Pistons 20 52 .278 29.0 72
Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z – Utah Jazz * 52 20 .722 0.0 72
2 y – Phoenix Suns * 51 21 .708 1.0 72
3 x – Denver Nuggets 47 25 .653 5.0 72
4 x – Los Angeles Clippers 47 25 .653 5.0 72
5 y – Dallas Mavericks * 42 30 .583 10.0 72
6 x – Portland Trail Blazers 42 30 .583 10.0 72
7 x – Los Angeles Lakers 42 30 .583 10.0 72
8 pi – Golden State Warriors 39 33 .542 13.0 72
9 x – Memphis Grizzlies 38 34 .528 14.0 72
10 pi – San Antonio Spurs 33 39 .466 19.0 72
11 o – New Orleans Pelicans 31 41 .431 21.0 72
12 o – Sacramento Kings 31 41 .431 21.0 72
13 o – Minnesota Timberwolves 23 49 .319 29.0 72
14 o – Oklahoma City Thunder 22 50 .306 30.0 72
15 o – Houston Rockets 17 55 .236 35.0 72

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
  • pi - Clinched play-in spot
  • * – Division winner
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