NBA announces game officials for 2023 NBA Finals

NEW YORK – The NBA today announced the list of game officials assigned to the NBA Finals 2023 presented by YouTube TV. The championship series between the Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets tips off on Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

“The pinnacle for an NBA official is to work the NBA Finals,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “This group has demonstrated through their outstanding work during the playoffs that they are worthy of being selected to officiate in the NBA Finals.”

NBA Finals officials were selected by the NBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the first three rounds of the 2023 playoffs. Officials were evaluated after each round to determine advancement in this year’s postseason.

The referees assigned to the 2023 NBA Finals are below:

Tony Brothers (12th Finals) Courtney Kirkland (3rd)
Marc Davis (12th) Ed Malloy (8th)
Scott Foster (16th) Kevin Scott (1st)
John Goble (7th) Josh Tiven (4th)
David Guthrie (6th) James Williams (3rd)
Bill Kennedy (5th) Zach Zarba (10th)


Foster has officiated 23 NBA Finals games, followed by Davis with 18, and Brothers at 15.

NBA officials Tyler Ford and Ben Taylor have been assigned as alternates for the 2023 NBA Finals.

Individual game assignments for referees are posted at at approximately 9 a.m. ET each game day.