NBA is one of the most popular, trending, and Professional basketball leagues in United States and Canada. This league consists of total 30 teams, out of which 29 belongs to US and 1 team belong to Canada.. This league was founded around 76 years ago in 1946 in New York City as BAA, later its name was changed to NBA.
2022–23 NBA season
This upcoming season will be the 77 for NBA. Regular games will kickstart from 18 OCT 2022 and will end on April 9,2023. Each teams play 82 games in regular season. Playoffs are expected to begin around 15 April and season finale will be scheduled in June 2023.
NBA A All-Star Game
It is an exhibition game hosted every February by NBA. For Upcoming year 2023 it is scheduled on 19Feb,2023 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City It is a 3-day event which starts on Friday and gets concluded on Sunday. It showcases 24 league star players which are selected by a combination of fan, media, and player voting. Each side has a 12-man roster. The first ever All-star game was held back in 1951.
Out of total 30 Teams the current league organization divides them into two conferences. Each conference will have 3 divisions, with each division is now further divided into 5 teams each. Out of these 30 teams – 13 are in ET Zone, 9 in Central, 3 in mountain and 5 in Pacific zone.
Conferences – Eastern and Western
Eastern conference has 3 divisions named as Atlantic, Central and Southeast.
Western conference has 3 divisions named as Northwest, Pacific and Southwest.
All above 6 divisions have 5 Teams each.
Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers hold the record for most championship title of NBA. Both winning final on 17 Occasions each. Golden State Warriors are the defending champions of NBA, where they beat Boston Celtics in 2022 NBA Final held on 16June,2022
Out of total 30 teams participating in NBA each division will be having 5 Teams.
Atlantic division Teams:
Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors (A Canadian team)
Central division Teams:
Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast division Teams:
Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards
Northwest division Teams:
Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz
Pacific division Teams:
Golden State Warriors, LA Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings
Southwest division Teams:
Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs
Toronto Raptors (A Canada based Team)
Toronto Raptors is the only Canadian team which is part of the NBA League. It joined NBA in 1995. Raptors won the championship final in 2019 ending a 26-year championship drought for Canada. Kawhi Leonard was awarded as NBA Finals MVP in 2019 for his splendid performance throughout the season to bring the trophy to Raptors.
Gary Trent Jr is one of the most deemed current players for the Raptors franchise. Toronto Raptors have signed Jeff Dowtin Jr in their squad too. In past also Raptors do have some great talent in their jersey. Kyle Lowry is one of the greatest Raptors ever. He was the heart and soul of this Canadian franchise.
Nick Nurse is currently the Head coach for this franchise.
NBA has its own popularity buzz in US and Canada. ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV will have the rights to Broadcast in US, while TSN, TSN2, NBA TV Canada will live telecast in Canada.
2023 NBA Championship Predictions
Golden State Warriors are hot favorite to win championship this year followed by Boston Celtics. Other contenders among top five are Brooklyn Nets, Bucks and Clippers. Warriors have +450 Odds to win the championship. Celtics have around +650 odds. Toronto Raptors are at around 15th position as per bookie predictions with +6000 odds to win the title. Warriors are favorite due to return of their key role players. Boston Celtics is also inching favorites as per few betting sites due to the inclusion of star player Malcolm Brogdon. The odds will saw minimal movement with final NBA Draft and some potential trades by the franchises.
NBA give numerous awards to recognize its teams, players, and coaches for their achievements. Few of the most popular awards are “Rookie of the Year” and “All-Star Game MVP”. Best Head coach gets the award of “Coach of the Year”. Last year 2022 Scottie Barnes from Toronto Raptors won the Rookie of the Year award. Other few awards are Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player etc.
Several teams participating in the NBA League auctions their Game won Jersey and authenticated Memorabilia. Through Auctions individual can get Warm up Jackets, Jerseys and shooting shirts of their favourite players. To participate in NBA auction users must first register themselves with NBA.com
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