NBA 2020-21 Season: What changed?

NBA 2020-21 Season: What changed? Image

The NBA’s current season is less than seventy days away from finishing. We are experiencing an atypical season due to the safety measurements the authorities declared due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The primary objective is to finish the season before the summer Olympics start (they w begin on July 23, 2021.

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As of now, NBA fans cannot enjoy the games in person, but there's hope for the stadiums and pavilions to open during the upcoming months, thanks to the new vaccine and more relaxed safety concerns.

One of the most significant changes regarding previous seasons is that only 72 games will occur throughout the months, instead of the usual 82.  Each team will play against three teams from their Conference and the other two games with rivals from the other Conference during these games.

However, this is not the only difference between a regular season and this one. Stay with us for a while to find out what’s different in this season concerning the rest.

The calendar will is divided into two segments.             

Let's start with one of the most important facts: the regular phase will be divided into two segments. The season's second half will be announced sometime during the first half, along with the upcoming games and others that may be postponed or suspended due to the pandemic. This information is very likely to be provided before the first half of the season finishes.

Still, one factor that hasn't changed is that eight teams will be selected for the playoffs, but there is the possibility of a "play-in" tournament to help define the latest ranks in the post-season.

These are the most important dates for 2020-21:                

  • The regular phase already began last Friday, December 22.
  • The regular phase’s first half will end on March 4.
  • From March 5 to 10, there will be a pause for the “All-Star.”
  • From March 11 to May 16, the second half of the regular phase will begin.
  • From May 14 to the 15, the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will take place.
  • And last but not least, the Play-in tournament will take place from May 18 to 21.

The Coach's Challenge is back.

Although the NBA first announced it as a one-year trial run, the coach's challenge will stay for another year, and we'll see it in future seasons. The NBA announced these events after the Board of Governors approved them.

As for the rules, they are essentially the same. No significant changes were announced, although Shams Charania from The Athletic reported that possible modifications would be considered.

Roster sizes were increased.

In previous seasons, the roster size was 13 players. This season, it suffered an increase, and now 15 players are allowed. It is one of the crucial measurements taken due to Covid-19 concerns.

Although fifteen players were already permitted in previous seasons, only thirteen were allowed to be active.

NBA changes their resting policy

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps announced that teams would be more flexible for key veteran players or those recovering from Covid-19.