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All You Need to Know About the NBA

The NBA is the world's premier men's professional basketball league and is watched by tens of millions of sports fans all across the world.

How to live stream the NBA

For United States viewers, you can watch and live stream nationally televised NBA games on ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

NBA games are also televised on local channels and regional sports networks. You can also access live and on-demand NBA games with a subscription to NBA League Pass. 

In Canada, you can watch and live stream the NBA on Sportsnet NOW, TSN Direct, NBA TV Canada and NBA League Pass.

In the United Kingdom, you can watch and live stream the NBA on Sky Sports, NOW TV, and NBA League Pass.

In Australia, you can watch and live stream the NBA on Kayo, Foxtel, ESPN, and NBA League Pass.

When does the NBA season start?

The 2023/24 NBA regular season begins on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. 

2023/24 NBA season key dates

  • October 24, 2023: Regular season begins
  • November 3, 2023: NBA In-Season Tournament begins
  • December 7, 2023: NBA In-Season Tournament Semifinals
  • December 9, 2023: NBA In-Season Tournament Finals
  • February 16-18, 2024: NBA All-Star Weekend
  • April 14, 2024: Regular season ends
  • April 16-19, 2024: NBA Play-In Tournament
  • April 20, 2024: NBA Playoffs begin
  • June 6, 2024: NBA Finals begin

Who is the shortest NBA player?

The shortest player in NBA history is Muggsy Bogues at 5-foot-3. Bogues played 14 NBA seasons from 1987 to 2001, suiting up for the Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors

The shortest active NBA player is Toronto Raptors guard Markquis Nowell at 5-foot-8.

Click here for a full list of the shortest players in NBA history.

Who is the tallest NBA player?

The tallest player in NBA history is Gheorhe Muresan at 7-foot-7. Muresan played six NBA seasons from 1993 to 2000, suiting up for the Washington Bullets and New Jersey Nets.

The tallest active NBA player is a two-way tie between Houston Rockets center Boban Marjanovic and San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama, who both stand at 7-foot-4.

Click here for a full list of the tallest players in NBA history.

How many games are in an NBA season?

Each team plays 82 games in the NBA regular season. This has been the standard schedule since the 1967/68 season.

How many NBA teams are there?

There are 30 teams in the NBA. 

Click here for a full list of NBA teams in 2023/24.

What is the average NBA height?

The average height of an NBA player in the 2023/24 season is 6 feet-6.74 inches, according to the NBA Roster Survey.

How long is an NBA game?

An NBA game consists of four quarters, each of which is 12 minutes long. This means that the total playing time of an NBA game is 48 minutes.

How long does an NBA game last?

Due to stoppages in play for fouls, timeouts, and other reasons, the actual length of an NBA game is usually between 2 and 2.5 hours.

How long is an NBA quarter?

An NBA quarter is 12 minutes long.

How long is halftime in the NBA?

Halftime in the NBA is 15 minutes long. For nationally televised games, halftime can extend beyond 15 minutes to show commercials and other programming.

How many fouls to foul out in the NBA?

In the NBA, it takes six personal fouls or two technical fouls to foul out of a game.

Who is the youngest NBA player?

The youngest player to appear in an NBA game is Andrew Bynum, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers at 18 years and six days old on November 2, 2005.

The youngest player in the NBA in 2023/24 is Memphis Grizzlies forward GG Jackson, who was born on December 17, 2004. Jackson will be the only 18-year-old in the NBA at the start of the 2023/24 season. 

Click here for a full list of the youngest players ever to play in the NBA.

Who is the oldest NBA player?

The oldest player to appear in an NBA game is Nal Hickey, who played for the Providence Steamrollers at 45 years and 363 days old on January 28, 1948.

The oldest player on an active NBA roster in 2023/24 is Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, who will be 38 years and 298 days old at the start of the 2023/24 season.

Click here for a full list of the oldest players to ever play in the NBA.

What does NBA stand for?

NBA stands for National Basketball Association.

Who are the highest paid NBA players?

In 2023/24, the highest paid player in the NBA by average annual salary is Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who will make $51.9 million.

Click here for a full list of the highest-paid NBA players.

What is the NBA all-time scoring list?

LeBron James has scored the most regular season points in NBA history, entering the 2023/24 season with 38,652.

Read more about the NBA's all-time scoring list and leaders here.

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