With NBA players complaining about having too many back-to-back games in an 82 game season, the NBA front office is looking to take back-to-back games, and 4 games in 5 nights, away. The league is looking to open the season 7-10 days earlier, from late October to mid-October.

"League sources say there’s a strong likelihood that the start of the 2017-18 season will be moved up a week to about 10 days. This is another measure aimed at shortening the number of back-to-backs teams face over the course of 82 games," said Marc Stein, a reporter who covers the NBA for ESPN. "We’re hearing that opening night next season is likely to fall in the Oct.

15-20 range, which would be achieved by reducing the preseason schedule from its eight-game max per team to about five pre-season games. NBA teams are scheduled to play an average of 16.3 back-to-backs this season, down from 17.8 in 2015-16," he added.

Effect of back-to-back games

The effect of having less back-to-back games will mean players will be less fatigued and will be more competitive in the second game of the back-to-back. Players will perform better and it becomes less likely that they will get injured. Their legs will be under them and they will be well rested.

The Atlanta Hawks have the most back-to-back games this season, with 19. Having played 6 back-to-back games thus far, their record speaks for itself at 10-12.

The Hawks were projected to be a top team in the eastern conference standings, but now they sit at the tenth spot two games under .500.

The Oklahoma City Thunder has the least amount of back-to-back games with 13. Having played 4 back-to-back games thus far, the Thunder sits at the fifth seed in the western conference standings with a record of 14-8.

Not to mention Russell Westbrook has been balling on another level as he is averaging a triple-double so far this season. If the NBA approves starting the season earlier and lessening back-to-back games, we'll look to see how their performance and team record hold up towards the end of the season.

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