June 14, 2017
NBA Calendar of events for 2017-2018
The NBA calendar sets the structure for the Fantasy season and it that in mind let’s take a look at the important dates for 2017-2018.
June 22, Draft Day
A LOT of talent this year. Brandon Ingram, drafted #2 in 2016, would struggle to be in the top 10 of this year’s draft. A very guard-offense heavy first round could see numerous trades with an influx of great talent for the 2017-2018 season.
July 1 and July 5, Start of Free Agency
Discussions can start on the 1st but players cannot be traded or officially signed until July 5. Look for for restricted FAs to be offered deals right away which can be matched by their current team and bigger names to pick a team around mid-July.
July 1-July 17, Summer League
Not much to feast on for our fantasy appetites but it is the first crack at viewing drafted rookies, potential d-leaguers, and even second year players (like Jaylen Brown). This action will take place in Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas.
Month of August
Sometime in August the NBA will release the 2017-2018 schedule. Look for less back-to-backs overall with more rest built in. Very important for daily fantasy and daily transaction leagues.
August 28 to September 3rd, FIBA AmeriCup
While no longer part of the qualifying process for the World Cup or Olympics, the AmeriCup is a 14 day tournament with 12 teams. Look for some news about rosters and training camp end of July/early August. Although not relevant for NBA players from the USA, it ends the lull of basketball from July and is a great appetizer for September.
First/Second week of September (dates vary per team), Training Camp
Dates have not been announced yet. If you take the off-season off from Fantasy Basketball this is the time to dive back in. Check out the “Matters, Matters Not” articles to catch up on what you may have missed.
September 30, Start of Preseason Basketball
A shortened preseason sees each team playing 6 games instead of the regular 8. This will correspond with an earlier start and an extension of the regular season by one week. Those playing Head-to-Head or weekly leagues will need to draft earlier or risk losing out on the first week.
October 15, Regular season begins (a bit earlier)
The start of it all. October 15th will be another glorious day … or will it? With rest days always on the mind of the League, reports are now saying the season will start earlier than usual but with games more spread out. This is important for weekly leagues as the games played in week 1 or 2 will be funky.
Other dates of note will be the Christmas Day games, the All- Star game on Feb. 18 in LA, and the trade deadline soon after that. We’ll know more and update as needed when the entire schedule comes out in August.