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2021–22 NBA season
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The NBA's 75th anniversary logo, which will be used throughout the 2021–22 season.
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Duration Regular Season
October 19, 2021 – April 13, 2022
Playoffs
April 16, 2022 – May 30, 2022
Finals
June 2–19, 2022
No. of games 82
No. of teams 30
Regular season
Top seed Eastern Conference:
TBD (0–0)
Western Conference:
TBD (0–0)
Season awards
MVP TBD (TBD)
COTY TBD (TBD)
ROTY TBD (TBD)
Playoffs
Eastern Conference Championship
Champions TBD
Series -
Opponent TBD
Western Conference Championship
Champions TBD
Series -
Opponent TBD
Finals
Champions TBD
Series
Opponent TBD
Awards
Finals MVP
Draft
2021 NBA Draft
No. 1 pick: TBD
Draft team: Detroit Pistons
NBA All-Star Game
2022 NBA All-Star Game
Date February 20, 2022
Host: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio
Champions Team TBD
Score 0-0
Opponent Team TBD
MVP TBD
NBA seasons
<- 2020–21 NBA season
2022–23 NBA season ->

The 2021-22 NBA season is the upcoming 76th season of the National Basketball Association.

The NBA returned to a full 82-game regular season in its normal mid-October to mid-April schedule for the first time since the 2018–19 NBA season, as the previous two seasons have been abbreviated in some form due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The regular season will start on October 19, 2021. The 2022 NBA All-Star Game will be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on February 20, 2022.

The playoffs will start on April 16, 2022 and will end with the 2022 NBA Finals in June 2022.

75th anniversary promotions

On July 7, 2021, the NBA announced that it would commemorate its 75th anniversary throughout the 2021–22 season. A 75th anniversary diamond logo will be featured in promotions across all NBA properties during the season, including on merchandise, digital and social media, and painted on the courts. All NBA uniforms will feature the Nike (Association, Icon and City/Classic uniform) and Jordan Brand (Statement and Charlotte Hornets uniform) logos in a diamond embellishment, while the normal NBA logo on the back was modified to also feature diamond embellishments and the "NBA" mark replaced by the number 75. The NBA also announced that it would release a list of the 75 greatest players in league history chosen by a panel of media, current and former players, coaches, general managers, and team executives.

Transactions

Retirements

  • On July 6, 2021, Ian Mahinmi announced his retirement from the NBA. Mahinmi played 12 seasons in the NBA, winning one championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
  • On July 18, 2021, Omri Casspi announced his retirement from the NBA. Casspi played for seven teams during his 10-year NBA career.
  • On July 21, 2021, Amile Jefferson announced his retirement from the NBA. Jefferson played two seasons with the Orlando Magic.
  • On August 7, 2021, Jarrett Jack announced his retirement from the NBA. Jack played for nine teams during his 13-year NBA career.
  • On August 11, 2021, J.R. Smith enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University with plans to join the Aggies golf team, effectively ending his career in the NBA. Smith played for five teams during his 16-year NBA career, winning an NBA championship in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and another one in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • On August 12, 2021, Kyle Korver announced his retirement from the NBA. Korver played for six teams during his 17-year NBA career.
  • On August 24, 2021, Jared Dudley announced his retirement from the NBA while accepting a role as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. Dudley played for seven teams during his 14-year NBA career, winning an NBA championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.
  • On September 21, 2021, JJ Redick announced his retirement from the NBA. Redick played for six teams during his 15-year NBA career.
  • On October 5, 2021, Pau Gasol announced his retirement from the NBA. Gasol played for five teams during his 18-year NBA career, winning back-to-back NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

Head coaching changes

Off-season
Coaching changes
Team 2020–21 season 2021–22 season
Off-season
Boston Celtics Brad Stevens Ime Udoka
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle Jason Kidd
Indiana Pacers Nate Bjorkgren Rick Carlisle
New Orleans Pelicans Stan Van Gundy Willie Green
Orlando Magic Steve Clifford Jamahl Mosley
Portland Trail Blazers Terry Stotts Chauncey Billups
Washington Wizards Scott Brooks Wes Unseld Jr

General manager changes

Off-season
General manager changes
Team 2020–21 season 2021–22 season
Off-season
Boston Celtics Danny Ainge Brad Stevens
Dallas Mavericks Donnie Nelson Nico Harrison

Player movements

Trades

June
June 18 To Boston Celtics
To Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Kemba Walker
  • 2021 BOS first-round pick
  • 2025 second-round pick
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