Details on how the NBA’s new in-season tournament will work

Las Vegas – Coming soon: NBA Cup.

The NBA on Saturday unveiled details of its inaugural in-season tournament, which will have a prize pool of about $18 million and will be capped by a championship game – which will not count in the standings – in Las Vegas in December. 9. It’s a program that NBA commissioner Adam Silver has wanted for years, giving teams a trophy to play for during the regular season.

And now, it’s finally a reality.

“It’s a concept that’s been floating around the league office for about 15 years,” Silver said. “This is not a new concept in sports. For those who follow international football specifically, there is a long tradition of holding in-season tournaments… so we thought, what a great opportunity this is for a global league like the NBA and it’s perfect for our sport. is applicable.”

Tournament payouts for players on standard contracts will be $500,000 for each player on the winning team, $200,000 for each player on the runner-up team, $100,000 for each player on the semifinal game losing teams and $50,000 for each player on the losing teams. Quarter finals.

Two-way players from any of these teams are eligible for up to half that amount, depending on how many games they spend on the roster during the tournament.


NBA commissioner Adam Silver
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“I can see what the objective might be,” said Miami guard Josh Richardson, who follows global soccer closely and understands Silver’s similarity when comparing the sport’s in-season tournaments around the world. “It gives you another chance to really win something. I think it’s a big part.”

The games will start from November. Played mostly on Tuesdays and Fridays in November, except for November 3rd. 7, when the NBA will not play any games to celebrate Election Day.

The announcement came on Saturday, and it will be the second year in a row that the NBA has not played a game on that date, with hopes of promoting civic awareness and participation.

The Final Four will take place in Las Vegas.

“This city knows how to host big events,” Silver said.

The teams were assigned to five-team groups.

They will play a game against each other; The six group winners advance to the quarter-finals, with the best two second-placed teams from the group also advancing to the quarter-finals.

They were chosen as follows:

West Group A – Memphis, Phoenix, Los Angeles Lakers, Utah and Portland.

West Group B – Denver, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans, Dallas and Houston.

West Group C – Sacramento, Golden State, Minnesota, Oklahoma City and San Antonio.

East Group A – Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta, Indiana and Detroit.

East Group B – Milwaukee, New York, Miami, Washington and Charlotte.

East Group C – Boston, Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago and Orlando.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said, “I’m excited about this midseason tournament.” “I think it is going to add an element of energy and excitement for the players and the coaches and the fans. I think its a great idea.”


Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a fan of the NBA's new in-season tournament.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a fan of the NBA’s new in-season tournament.
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Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations and a player himself, said he thinks players will love the idea — even if it takes a while.

“Not everyone will buy immediately,” Dumars said. “It cannot be the target, that everyone will buy from day one. These things take time. And I think over time you can build it up and people can really get into it.

Except for the championship game, all tournament games will be counted in the standings—just as the WNBA runs its Commissioner’s Cup event.

It has been known for some time that teams will only get 80-game schedules when the NBA releases its 2023-24 slate in the coming weeks.

Games 81 and 82 would be added in December; This is where things get tricky.

Teams that do not make it to the knockout stage will be given two games against the other non-knockout qualifiers, and will have the two games left in their schedule.

For the eight teams that make it to the knockout stage, the quarterfinal game becomes the 81st game added to their schedule. The losers of the quarterfinals – two from the East, two from the West – would play each other, and this would be the 82nd game on their schedule. The semifinalists – again, two from the East, two from the West – would play, and that game would become the 82nd game on their schedule.

This means that the championship game will be one of 83 games on schedule for the final two teams. And since the season is 82 games, that game won’t count in the standings, nor will the stats count for anything. They will play for money and trophy.

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