Two months into the 2021-22 NBA season, the league is feeling the effects of the latest COVID-19 surge.
In the first six weeks of the season, 16 players were placed into the league’s COVID health and safety protocols, which sideline any player that tests positive for COVID-19 for a minimum of 10 days. In the two weeks since, that number has more than doubled, with over 35 players and head coaches missing time.
16 players entered the NBA’s COVID protocols over the first 6 weeks of the season.
Number of players that have been put into the protocols over the last 2 weeks: 31, and counting.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 14, 2021
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Among players currently sidelined are former MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden in addition to former All-Stars in LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan, Dwight Howard, Zach LaVine and Paul Millsap.
The Bulls have felt the impact more than any other team this season, as two of their games were postponed due to their having 10 players in health and safety protocols.
Per NBA rules, a game is only postponed when a team has fewer than eight available players, but that issue had largely been avoided due to the NBA’s hardship exemption, which grants teams temporary roster spots in the event of an outbreak or several serious injuries. Both the Bulls and Nets, who currently have seven players in the league’s protocols, have made use of the hardship exemption up to this point in the season.
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Sporting News has the list of NBA players currently in the league’s protocols:
NBA players in COVID health and safety protocols
Brooklyn Nets (seven players)
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- DeAndre Bembry
- Bruce Brown
- Jevon Carter
- James Harden
- James Johnson
- Paul Millsap
Chicago Bulls (10 players)
- Troy Brown Jr.
- DeMar DeRozan
- Ayo Dosunmu
- Javonte Green
- Alize Johnson
- Stanley Johnson
- Derrick Jones Jr.
- Zach LaVine
- Matt Thomas
- Coby White
Denver Nuggets (one player)
Indiana Pacers (head coach)
Los Angeles Lakers (three players)
- Talen Horton-Tucker
- Dwight Howard
- Malik Monk
Memphis Grizzlies (one player)
Miami Heat (one player)
Milwaukee Bucks (three players)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Donte DiVincenzo
- Wesley Matthews
New York Knicks (three players)
- RJ Barrett
- Quentin Grimes
- Obi Toppin
Philadelphia 76ers (one player)
Sacramento Kings (head coach)
Toronto Raptors (one player)
Washington Wizards (one player)