2017–18 NBA season

2017–18 NBA season
League National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration October 17, 2017 – April 11, 2018
April 14 – May 28, 2018 (Playoffs)
May 31 – June 8, 2018 (Finals)
Number of games 82
Number of teams 30
TV partner(s) ABC, TNT, ESPN, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick Markelle Fultz
Picked by Philadelphia 76ers
Regular season
Top seed Houston Rockets
Season MVP James Harden (Houston)
Top scorer James Harden (Houston)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Cleveland Cavaliers
  Eastern runners-up Boston Celtics
Western champions Golden State Warriors
  Western runners-up Houston Rockets
Finals
Champions Golden State Warriors
  Runners-up Cleveland Cavaliers
Finals MVP Kevin Durant (Golden State)
NBA seasons

The 2017–18 NBA season was the 72nd season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The regular season began on October 17, 2017, earlier than previous seasons to reduce the number of "back-to-back" games teams are scheduled to play,[1] with the 2017 Eastern Conference champion (and Finals runner–up) Cleveland Cavaliers hosting a game against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.[2] The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 18, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers was named the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player. The regular season ended on April 11, 2018. The playoffs began on April 14, 2018[3] and ended on June 8 with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Transactions[]

Retirement[]

In-season trades[]

Free agency[]

Free agency negotiations began on July 1. Players began signing on July 6, after the July moratorium ended.

Coaching changes[]

Coaching changes
In-season
Team Outgoing coach Incoming coach
Phoenix Suns Earl Watson Jay Triano (interim)
Memphis Grizzlies David Fizdale J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
Milwaukee Bucks Jason Kidd Joe Prunty (interim)

Off-season[]

For the first time since the inauguration of the BAA, there would be no coaching changes going from the previous season to entering the regular season.[12] In fact, the 536 days from Dave Joerger being fired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies to the day the Phoenix Suns fired Earl Watson as head coach would be the longest period in NBA history without any coaching changes occur. The last time no head coaches were hired in the off-season occurred during the 1975–76 season.[13]

In-season[]

Preseason[]

The preseason began on September 30 and ended on October 13.

International games[]

The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves played two preseason games in China, at Shenzhen on October 5 and Shanghai on October 8.[18] Minnesota won the first game 111–97, while Golden State emerged victorious in the second one, 142–110.

Regular season[]

The regular season began on October 17, 2017 and ended on April 11, 2018.

By conference[]

Notes

Tiebreakers[]

Eastern Conference
Western Conference

International games[]

On August 9, 2017, the NBA announced that the Brooklyn Nets would play two regular season games at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. On December 7, 2017, the Nets played against the Oklahoma City Thunder and on December 9, 2017, they matched up against the Miami Heat.[19] The Nets prevailed 100–95 over the Thunder in their first game, but lost to the Heat 101–89 in their second game.

On August 10, 2017, the NBA announced that the Philadelphia 76ers would play the Boston Celtics at The O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom on January 11, 2018.[20] The Celtics won the game 114−103.

Playoffs[]

The 2018 NBA Playoffs began on Saturday, April 14, 2018, ESPN aired the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals and TNT aired the 2018 Western Conference Finals. For the first time since 1979 both Conference Finals series went to a deciding Game 7. The season ended with the 2018 NBA Finals which began on May 31, 2018 and ended on June 8, 2018 on ABC.

Bracket[]

  First Round Conference Semifinals Conference Finals NBA Finals
                                     
E1 Toronto* 4  
E8 Washington 2  
  E1 Toronto* 0  
  E4 Cleveland* 4  
E4 Cleveland* 4
E5 Indiana 3  
  E4 Cleveland* 4  
Eastern Conference
  E2 Boston 3  
E3 Philadelphia 4  
E6 Miami* 1  
  E3 Philadelphia 1
  E2 Boston 4  
E2 Boston 4
E7 Milwaukee 3  
  E4 Cleveland* 0
  W2 Golden State* 4
W1 Houston* 4  
W8 Minnesota 1  
  W1 Houston* 4
  W5 Utah 1  
W4 Oklahoma City 2
W5 Utah 4  
  W1 Houston* 3
Western Conference
  W2 Golden State* 4  
W3 Portland* 0  
W6 New Orleans 4  
  W6 New Orleans 1
  W2 Golden State* 4  
W2 Golden State* 4
W7 San Antonio 1  


* Division winner
Bold Series winner
Italic Team with home-court advantage


Statistics[]

Individual statistic leaders[]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points per game James Harden Houston Rockets 30.4
Rebounds per game Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 16.0
Assists per game Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 10.3
Steals per game Victor Oladipo Indiana Pacers 2.4
Blocks per game Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 2.6
Turnovers per game DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans 5.0
Fouls per game DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans 3.8
Minutes per game LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 37.3
FG% Clint Capela Houston Rockets 65.2%
FT% Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 92.2%
3FG% Darren Collison Indiana Pacers 46.8%
Efficiency per game James Harden Houston Rockets 29.87
Double-doubles Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 68
Triple-doubles Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 25

Individual game highs[]

Category Player Team Statistic
Points James Harden Houston Rockets 60
Rebounds Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets 30
Assists Rajon Rondo New Orleans Pelicans 25
Steals Lou Williams Los Angeles Clippers 10
Blocks Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans 10
Three pointers Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 10
Kemba Walker Charlotte Hornets

Team statistic leaders[]

Category Team Statistic
Points per game Golden State Warriors 113.5
Rebounds per game Philadelphia 76ers 47.4
Assists per game Golden State Warriors 29.3
Steals per game Oklahoma City Thunder 9.1
Blocks per game Golden State Warriors 7.5
Turnovers per game Philadelphia 76ers 15.9
FG% Golden State Warriors 50.3%
FT% Golden State Warriors 81.5%
3FG% Golden State Warriors 39.1%
+/− Houston Rockets +8.5

Awards[]

Yearly awards[]

Awards will be presented at the NBA Awards ceremony, which were held on June 25. Finalists for voted awards were announced during the playoffs and winners were presented at the award ceremony. The All-NBA Team will be announced in advance in order for teams to have all the necessary information to make offseason preparations.

2017–18 NBA awards
Award Recipient(s) Runner(s)-up/Finalists[21]
Most Valuable Player James Harden (Houston Rockets) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets)
Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors)
Most Improved Player Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) Clint Capela (Houston Rockets)
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets)
Coach of the Year Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz)
Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics)
Executive of the Year Daryl Morey (Houston Rockets)
NBA Sportsmanship Award Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets)
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award J. J. Barea (Dallas Mavericks)
Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award Jamal Crawford (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Community Assist Award Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors)

Players of the Week[]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October 17–22 Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/5) [25]
October 23–29 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (1/3) DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/1) [26]
October 30 – November 5 Kristaps Porziņģis (New York Knicks) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (2/5) [27]
November 6–12 Tobias Harris (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (1/2) [28]
November 13–19 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/5) Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) (1/1) [29]
November 20–26 Goran Dragić (Miami Heat) (1/2) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/2) [30][31]
November 27 – December 3 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/4) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (3/5) [32][33]
December 4–10 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (2/3) Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [34][35]
December 11–17 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/4) Chris Paul (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [36][37]
December 18–24 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (2/5) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/2) [38][39]
December 25–31 Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) (1/2) [40][41]
January 1–7 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (3/5) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/2) [42][43]
January 8–14 Goran Dragić (Miami Heat) (2/2) Lou Williams (Los Angeles Clippers) (2/2) [44][45]
January 15–21 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/2) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/3) [46][47]
January 22–28 Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (2/2) [48][49]
January 29 – February 4 Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) (1/1) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (4/5) [50][51]
February 5–11 Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/2) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (5/5) [52][53]
February 26 – March 4 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (4/5) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (2/2) [54][55]
March 5–11 DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (5/5) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (2/3) [56][57]
March 12–18 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/4) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (2/2) [58][59]
March 19–25 LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/4) LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs) (1/1) [60][61]
March 26 – April 1 Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers) (3/3) Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) (3/3) [62][63]
April 2–8 Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets) (2/2) [64][65]

Players of the Month[]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (1/4) James Harden (Houston Rockets) (1/1) [66]
December LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (2/4) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) (1/1) [67]
January DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [68]
February LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (3/4) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (1/2) [69]
March/April LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) (4/4) Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans) (2/2) [70]

Rookies of the Month[]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/4) Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers) (1/1) [71]
December Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (1/4) [72]
January Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (2/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (2/4) [73]
February Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (3/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (3/4) [74]
March/April Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers) (4/4) Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz) (4/4) [75]

Coaches of the Month[]

The following coaches were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
October/November Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics) (1/1) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (1/2) [76]
December Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors) (1/1) Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) (1/1) [77]
January Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) (1/1) Terry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers) (1/1) [78]
February Scott Brooks (Washington Wizards) (1/1) Mike D'Antoni (Houston Rockets) (2/2) [79][80]
March/April Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers) (1/1) Quin Snyder (Utah Jazz) (1/1) [81][82]

Arenas[]

Media[]

This is the second season of the current nine-year contracts with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

The Chicago Bulls experienced a mid-season change in their broadcast partner due to the Cumulus Media Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing nulling and voiding many broadcasting agreements. The team's games moved from Cumulus's WLS to Entercom's WSCR on February 3, 2018.[88]

Uniforms[]

Uniform sponsorships[]

Advertisements begin to appear on league uniforms starting this season. With this, the NBA became the first of the "Big Four" North American professional sports league to use corporate sponsorship patches on its jerseys.[100] As of March 6, 2018, there are 21 NBA teams that had signed uniform sponsorship contracts:

Nine who do not: Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.

Notable occurrences[]

See also[]

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