The NBA will return to its normal October-June calendar for the 2021-22 season, according to The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
Teams received the new dates for the upcoming season on Thursday, reports Charania. The regular season will kickoff on Oct. 19, 2021 with playoffs beginning on April 16, 2022. The Larry O’Brien Trophy will be handed out no later than June 19, 2022, with the NBA Draft following shortly afterwards on June 23, 2022.
There is currently no end date for the regular season as it is uncertain if the play-in tournament will return for another season.
The 2020-21 NBA season began with training camp in December 2020 after the league hosted the 2019-20 playoffs in the bubble at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The regular season began on Dec. 22, 2020 and concluded on May 16, 2021.
Key dates for the 2021-22 season
Sept. 28, 2021: Training camp starts
Oct. 19, 2021: Regular season starts
April 16, 2022: Playoffs start
June 2, 2022: Finals Game 1
June 19, 2022: Finals Game 7
June 23, 2022: NBA Draft