The 2020-21 NBA season is nearing an end, but it’s still reminding us of how much the schedule got impacted this year. In a normal year, the NBA Finals would be starting right about now; instead, the second round of the playoffs are just getting underway, despite the regular season shedding 10 games.
In most years we’d be a few weeks from the NBA Draft; this year it’s taking place at the very end of July. We’d also usually be gearing up for an early July Summer League; now the Las Vegas event will take place in August.
And after that? Normalcy at long last.
According to a Thursday report from Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA has set dates for next season, and they’re what we would expect in a non-pandemic year: a mid-October start to the season, a mid-April start to the playoffs, a June NBA Finals, and an NBA Draft shortly after.
Sources: Key dates for the 2021-22 NBA season:— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 10, 2021
Sept. 28: Training camp starts
Oct. 19: Regular season starts
April 16: Playoffs start
June 2: Finals Game 1
June 19: Finals Game 7
June 23: 2022 NBA Draft
You know what that means, right Dub Nation?
Only four months until we get to watch Steph Curry again.