The NBA Board of Governors today approved a proposal to continue the Play-In Tournament for the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Play-In Tournament for the 2021-22 season, which was also agreed to by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), will follow the same format as the Play-In Tournament for the 2020-21 season. The teams that finish the regular season with the seventh-highest through the 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference will compete to fill the seventh and eighth playoff seeds in each conference.
Like all new ideas, the tournament has its critics. But it was definitely a fun event that brought something extra to the table. The play-in tournament games this past season felt as intense as any playoff game. It’s a cool setup. We approve.
For the 2021-22 season, the Play-In Tournament will take place April 12-15, 2022, between the last day of the regular season on April 10 and the start of the playoffs on April 16.