The NBA raised one or two eyebrows when they made it official that they would be bringing 22 of their 30 teams to Orlando with them to close out the 2019/20 season. All of the top eight in both conferences, plus anyone that is within six games of the eighth place spot are going. How they end up getting the boot, however, is going to be interesting.
Within 53 days, the NBA expects to have all but eight team eliminated. There will be eight ‘regular season’ games used to determine seeding and to give players a warm-up, then a potential play-in tourney, then the playoffs, so obviously, six will be out before the official postseason even begins. But it’s a breakneck schedule, that much is clear to be sure. Some of the other news to come out on Thursday included how rosters would work. It was announced that free agents- like Marcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas- could sign for any team with any open roster spot. Teams may bring up to 17 players with them to the Disney complex, but once the playoffs begin they will have a game-day roster of 15, with two of them being classified as ‘inactive.’