A number of NBA teams are surging ahead of the league’s annual meetings this month.
The San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are on pace to earn the NBA’s best records for the first time this season.
In addition to the reigning MVP, Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are also on track to reach the NBA Finals for the third straight season.
The NBA has also set an attendance record with an average of 16,746 fans per game, marking the third-largest attendance ever at an NBA game, according to ESPN.
The NBA is also holding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which will mark the first Olympics in the country.
Despite the record attendance, the NBA is expected to have to cut attendance in the coming months as teams like the San Antonio and Oklahoma teams will not be able to play in the Summer League and the preseason.
“I think this year will be more of a mix of those two,” ESPN NBA Insider Zach Lowe said of the two-week exhibition schedule.
“The NBA’s Summer League schedule has been very, very tough to play.
So it’s a mixed bag for the players and the teams.”
Lowe added that it is “too early to tell” whether the league will cut attendance this season or if the schedule will be altered in the future.
However, the league is still planning to have a summer league for the 2017-18 season, which starts in March.
If the league doesn’t cut attendance, Lowe said it could be “a lot harder to keep up” in the next couple of years.