When Does Fantasy Basketball Start?

Fantasy basketball leagues are usually assembled as pre-season kicks off, with drafts typically taking place a week before the first game of the season. In 2023, the NBA's regular season commenced on October 24 and is slated to conclude on April 14, 2024.

Fantasy basketball leagues often wait until close to the NBA season to draft for several reasons:

1. Injury Updates: Waiting until closer to the season allows managers to receive the latest injury updates on players. This helps them make more informed decisions during the draft, avoiding players who may be sidelined or limited due to injuries.

2. Preseason Performance: Preseason games provide valuable insights into player performances, rotations, and potential breakout candidates. Drafting closer to the season allows managers to assess preseason performances and adjust their draft strategies accordingly.

3. Player Movement: Free agency and trades during the offseason can significantly impact player roles and fantasy value. Waiting to draft allows managers to account for any player movement and adjust their draft strategies based on new team dynamics.

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