Thursday 19th January 2017,
The Hoop Doctors

5 Observations About the 2016-17 NBA Schedule


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    The NBA released it’s schedule for all 30 teams for the 2016-17 season late last week and we now a mere 10 weeks away from the start of the season (I still feel like the last one just ended).

    That means we know when the biggest regular season match-ups take place and who may have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to cross country travel and back-to-backs.

    Here are five observations of the 2016-17 NBA schedule


  • KD vs. Russ

    February 11, 2017 is going to be a day of reckoning. This is when the deserting hero will come back to face the music in the place he once called home. I’m talking about Kevin Durant of course. He makes his first trip back to OKC during a Saturday night prime-time game on ABC as he prepares to feel the wrath of #ALLCAPSRUSS at his most intense.

    Who knows where each team will be coming into this game as at we will be nearing the All-Star game, (the Warriors will likely be in 1st place) but regardless of the standings this will be an intense battle in an arena full of emotion.


  • Bogut Knee

    The NBA appears to be taking small steps to limit the amount of wear and tear and travel fatigue for their players over the course of the grueling 82 game season.

    Sets of four games in five days have been reduced by 26 percent from the 2015-16 season, and the average number of back-to-backs for NBA teams is 16.3 on average compared to 17.8 in 2015-16.


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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have been out of the NBA spotlight for quite some time, not making the postseason since making the western conference finals in the 2003-04 season.

    They also were one of three teams in the NBA to have never played a Christmas Day game along with the Memphis Grizzlies and the Charlotte Hornets (formerly the Charlotte Bobcats).

    That all changes this year as the new team of the future in the NBA with a core of Anthony-Towns-Wiggins-Dunn will travel to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder on Christmas Day.


  • November 10 will be an interesting and very emotional day for Dwyane Wade and the city of Miami. A mere two weeks into his first season with his hometown Bulls, the Miami Heat legend and 13-year veteran will make his return to South Beach in an opposing uniform in a game that will feel very odd and will more than likely be full of effusive praise for Wade from Heat fans, Durant won’t receive the same treatment.


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    Here is the number of national television appearances for all 30 NBA teams this season:

    Golden State Warriors: 28
    Los Angeles Clippers: 26
    Cleveland Cavaliers: 25
    Chicago Bulls: 25
    San Antonio Spurs: 23
    New York Knicks: 22
    Boston Celtics: 22
    Oklahoma City Thunder: 22
    Los Angeles Lakers: 15
    Portland Trail Blazers: 14
    Houston Rockets: 13
    Indiana Pacers: 11
    Minnesota Timberwolves: 11
    Dallas Mavericks: 9
    Atlanta Hawks: 8
    Utah Jazz: 7
    Toronto Raptors: 6
    Detroit Pistons: 6
    Washington Wizards: 5
    Miami Heat: 5
    Memphis Grizzlies: 5
    New Orleans Pelicans: 4
    Phoenix Suns: 4
    Charlotte Hornets: 3
    Milwaukee Bucks: 3
    Philadelphia 76ers: 3
    Denver Nuggets: 3
    Sacramento Kings: 2
    Orlando Magic: 1
    Brooklyn Nets: 1

    No surprise the league’s elite and the Knicks are among the most nationally televised teams next season. Also no surprise that the league’s bottom dwellars and teams lacking marketable star power such as the Nets, Kings, Nuggets and Suns are near the bottom of the list. The Magic only getting one nationally televised game as a team clearly trying to insert themselves in playoff contention is a little harsh though. As is only five games for the Memphis Grizzlies.


 

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