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July 23, 2021 by Stephen Spiewak


NBA Schedule Announcement

The buzzer has sounded on the 2021 NBA finals, and the 2021-2022 NBA season is fast approaching with the season tipping off on Oct. 19. 

While COVID-19 interrupted the NBAs schedule and offseason in 2020 and 2021, the league is slated to return to its regular schedule (October-June) for the 2021-22 NBA season. 

The 2021 NBA Draft will take place on July 29 and free agency is expected to begin shortly after in early August. The offseason will last around two months before training camp for next season starts on Sept. 28. 

Now that COVID-19 is behind us, its more likely that the NBA schedule should be released between Aug. 16-20. In the late 2000s, the NBA schedule release date was in the first week of August, before moving to Aug. 10 in 2010. The following year, the league moved up the schedule announcement date to July 19, the earliest its been in the last decade-plus. 

The NBA will announce marquee matchups for the 2021-22 season, including Christmas Day games and nationally televised games, on Aug. 17, according to Marc Stein.

Once the full schedule is released, the date that NBA tickets go on sale will also be released. 

NBA Schedule Release Date 2021-22 and Historical Dates

2021-2022: Aug. 20, 2021

2020-2021: Dec. 4, 2020

2019-2020: Aug. 13, 2019

2018-2019: Aug. 10, 2018

2017-2018: Aug. 14, 2017

2016-2017: Aug, 11, 2016

2015-2016: Aug. 12, 2015

2014-2015: Aug, 13, 2014

2013-2014: Aug. 6, 2013

2012-2013: July 26, 2012

2011-2012: July 19, 2011

2010-2011: Aug. 10, 2010

2009-2010: Aug. 4, 2009

2008-2009: Aug. 6, 2008

Top 2021-22 NBA Games (including Opening Week and Christmas Day Games)

NBA 2021-22 Schedule Key Dates and Games 

  • Sept. 28: Training camp starts 
  • Oct. 19: Regular season starts 
  • Feb. 20, 2022: NBA All-Star Game 
  • April 16, 2022: Playoffs start 
  • June 2, 2022: Finals Game 1 
  • June 19, 2022: Finals Game 7 
  • June 23, 2022: 2022 NBA Draft 

Check Vivid Seats for full NBA 2021-22 ticket information

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