RDT NBA – 2020/2021 Season

Updated: November 16, 2020

Well, what a year it has been. It’s safe to say (and pretty much everyone has) that 2020 is a year like no other. The NBA is no exception. The 2019/20 season saw an extended hiatus due to COVID-19, a hub for the majority of the teams and another Championship for LeBron James and the LA Lakers. It feels like the season only just finished (because it did) and already we are looking towards next season.

There has been a lot of debate over the last month in regards to timings for the 2020/21 season, and this week we have received some clarity. Key dates (via Woj) are as follows (please note that these are USA dates, adjust for your own time zone):

Nov 16 – Trade period opens

Nov 18 – NBA Draft

Nov 20  – Free Agency negotiations allowed

Nov 22 – Free Agency signings allowed

Dec 1 – Training camps begin

Dec 22 – Season opens

Mar 5-10 – All Star Break (no all-star game)

May 16 – Regular Season Ends

May 17-21 – Play-in Tournament for 7-10 seeds

July 8-22 – NBA Finals

The season will be 72 games, and we haven’t seen a schedule yet, so we don’t know what it looks like in terms of games per week, which is the key for RDT NBA. When it is released, there will be a Schedule Analysis article to dissect the information. That being said, there are some assumptions that can be made:

  • Teams will travel less. Don’t be surprised if teams play each other 2 or 3 times in a week, then not again for a long period of time.
  • The schedule will be condensed. We are starting nearly 2 months later than normal, and the NBA will hope to get playoffs started around the normal time. This will potentially mean more back to backs, which also means more DNP’s for players like Kawhi Leonard.
  • Due to the short break between seasons, especially for the Lakers and Heat, expect some players to start slowly in terms of games played. LeBron in particular is a concern.
  • Due to the short time between training camp and the season opening (not to mention a lack of Summer League and pre-season games) expect players to be a bit rusty, especially those that find themselves on new teams and learning new systems.

In regards to changes to RDT NBA, there hasn’t been any details released as yet in terms of open date, salary cap or rule changes. As soon as we hear anything we will let you know.

Written by Archie Keeler (@OTLSArchie)

Header graphic by Corey Wade Media (@CWade_Creative)

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