When does the NBA season start, which channel can I watch it on and who were the champions last season?

IT feels like a long time since the Golden State Warriors lifted the NBA title in June.

Steph Curry and his team of All-Stars swept LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 in a one-sided Finals – and set up a monumental summer.

 LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers to four consecutive NBA Finals before moving to LA Lakers during the off-season

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LeBron James helped the Cleveland Cavaliers to four consecutive NBA Finals before moving to LA Lakers during the off-season

James has now left his home town of Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers – while a host of other huge names have also made a move.

DeMarcus Cousins has joined an already star-studded Warriors roster, while Kawhi Leonard was traded by the San Antonio Spurs for long-serving Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan.

But now we're approaching the 2018-19 season, check out everything you need to know ahead of tip-off.

When does the NBA season start?

We're now under two weeks away from the start of pre-season as teams finalise their squads for another big season.

The first match of the regular NBA season sees the Boston Celtics take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 1am UK time on October 17.

Champions the Warriors take on Russell Westbrook's Oklahoma City Thunder immediately after – at 3.30am.
No fewer than 11 matches follow on October 18, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

What channel is the NBA season on?

It's been a tough summer for NBA fans in the UK this summer as BT Sport officially walked away from broadcasting rights for the 2018-19 season.

It has been reported Eleven Sports are set to snap up the rights – having already picked up Serie A and La Liga action on the football front.

Alternatively, you can purchase NBA League Pass for around £200 – and watch every single game from the season live or on demand, as well as highlights and interviews.

Cheaper options are available, such as single-team pass at a heavily discounted rate.

 Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Finals, beating Cleveland Cavaliers on each occassion

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Golden State Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Finals, beating Cleveland Cavaliers on each occassion

Who are reigning NBA champions?

For a fourth season straight, the Golden State Warriors were pitted against the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Led by Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, the Warriors easily beat Cleveland for the third time in those four years.

While the Cavs don't appear to be too big a threat this season post-LeBron, teams such as the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets are tipped for big things.

Tottenham players try their hand at basketball with help from LA Clippers Jerome Robinson

IT feels like a long time since the Golden State Warriors lifted the NBA title in June.