Credit: AP, USA Sports Today, AFP-Scanpix
Credit AP, USA Sports Today, AFP-Scanpix

Two months into the 2021-22 NBA season, the league is feeling the effects of the latest COVID-19 surge due to the Omicron Variant.

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.

Among players currently sidelined are former MVPs Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and James Harden in addition to former All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge, 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. An outbreak within the Cavaliers organization has resulted in a postponement of their game with the Hawks and a game between the Nets and Nuggets has also been postponed.

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 ten players in the league's protocols, have made use of the hardship exemption up to this point in the season. has the list of NBA players and coaches currently in the league's protocols.

Atlanta Hawks (three players)

  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Trae Young
  • Clint Capela

Boston Celtics (six players)

  • Sam Hauser
  • Juancho Hernangomez
  • Al Horford
  • Jabari Parker
  • Grant Williams
  • Josh Richardson

Brooklyn Nets (10 players)

  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • DeAndre Bembry
  • Bruce Brown
  • Jevon Carter
  • Kevin Durant
  • Kyrie Irving
  • James Harden
  • James Johnson
  • Paul Millsap
  • Day'Ron Sharpe

Charlotte Hornets (one player)

  • Cody Martin

Chicago Bulls (six players)

  • Ayo Dosunmu
  • Alize Johnson
  • Stanley Johnson
  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • Zach LaVine
  • Matt Thomas

Cleveland Cavaliers (eight players)

  • Jarrett Allen
  • Ed Davis
  • Evan Mobley
  • RJ Nembhard
  • Isaac Okoro
  • Lamar Stevens
  • Denzel Valentine
  • Dylan Windler

Dallas Mavericks (four players)

  • Reggie Bullock
  • Josh Green
  • Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • Maxi Kleber

Denver Nuggets (two players)

  • Michael Porter Jr.
  • Bol Bol

Golden State Warriors (two players)

  • Jordan Poole
  • Andrew Wiggins

LA Clippers (one player)

  • Marcus Morris Sr.

Los Angeles Lakers (two players, head coach)

  • Avery Bradley
  • Kent Bazemore
  • Frank Vogel

Memphis Grizzlies (one player)

  • Ziaire Williams

Miami Heat (one player)

  • Caleb Martin

Milwaukee Bucks (four players)

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Donte DiVincenzo
  • Wesley Matthews
  • Bobby Portis

Minnesota Timberwolves (five players)

  • Patrick Beverley
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Taurean Prince
  • Josh Okogie
  • Jarred Vanderbilt

New York Knicks (six players)

  • RJ Barrett
  • Quentin Grimes
  • Kevin Knox II
  • Miles McBride
  • Obi Toppin
  • Immanuel Quickley

Orlando Magic (five players)

  • Mo Bamba
  • Ignas Brazdeikis
  • RJ Hampton
  • Terrence Ross
  • Moritz Wagner

Philadelphia 76ers (three players)

  • Andre Drummond
  • Shake Milton
  • Georges Niang

Sacramento Kings (seven players, head coach)

  • Marvin Bagley III
  • Terence Davis
  • De'Aaron Fox
  • Louis King
  • Alex Len
  • Davion Mitchell
  • Neemias Queta
  • Alvin Gentry

Toronto Raptors (seven players)

  • Precious Achiuwa
  • Scottie Barnes
  • Dalano Banton
  • Malachi Flynn
  • Pascal Siakam
  • Gary Trent Jr.
  • Fred VanVleet

Washington Wizards (two players)

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Kyle Kuzma
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