LONDON, Oct. 19, 2021 – The NBA’s landmark 75th Anniversary season that tips off today will feature a record-equalling 48 games in primetime in Europe as part of the league’s ‘NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K22’ primetime initiative. Week 1 will see the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks live on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 23h00 UK time, with the Charlotte Hornets taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 21h00 UK time live on Sky Sports.

During the 2021-22 NBA season, fans in the UK can watch more than 190 live games exclusively on Sky Sports together with the popular ‘NBA Extra’ Daily highlight show.

Below are facts and figures pertaining to the NBA primetime games in Europe:

2,208   The total number of minutesfans in Europe can enjoy weekend primetime NBA action this upcoming season (not including overtime!)

75        The NBA’s 75th season tips off on Tuesday, October 19. The league was founded on June 6, 1946

74       Theteams taking partin primetime games in Europe this season, have won a combined 74 titles, with the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles leading the way, tied at 17 titles each.

55        Based on 2021-22 opening-night rosters, a total of 55 European players will play in primetime games this season

48        A total of 48 countries and territories in Europe will broadcast primetime games this season in 45 languages across the region.

48        A record-equaling 48 games will be broadcast in primetime in Europe this season as part of the NBA Saturdays and NBA Sundays presented by NBA 2K22 campaign.

29        A total of 29 from 30 NBA teams will feature in a primetime game in Europe this season.

15        A total of 15 No. 1 Draft picks will be playing in primetime games in Europe this season:

  • Cade Cunningham (2021): Anthony Edwards (2020): Zion Williamson (2019): Deandre Ayton (2018); Markelle Fultz (2017); Ben Simmons (2016); Karl-Anthony Towns (2015); Andrew Wiggins (2014); Anthony Davis (2012); Kyrie Irving (2011); John Wall (2010); Blake Griffin (2009); Derrick Rose (2008); Dwight Howard (2004); LeBron James (2003)

8          A total ofeight former MVP’s will feature in primetime games in Europe this season:

  • Nikola Jokic (2021): Giannis Antetokounmpo (2019, 2020); James Harden (2018); Russell Westbrook (2017); Stephen Curry (2015, 2016); Kevin Durant (2014); LeBron James (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013); Derrick Rose (2011).

7          The reigning NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks will feature in seven primetime games in Europe this season, the most of any team in the NBA, together with the New York Knicks.

7          The first NBA2K22 Saturdays game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 23 will feature atotal seven European players; Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Cedi Osman (Turkey) and Ricky Rubio (Spain) playing for the Cavaliers; while Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), Clint Capela (Switzerland), Danilo Gallinari (Italy) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (France) feature on the Hawks roster.

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