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Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:50 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:41 am
 
By Matt Moore

ESPN reports that the league has adopted several rule changes for the 2011-2012 season. Stu Jackson, vice president of basketball operations, explains that the tweaks, in short, will make for shorter games in terms of real time, and fewer free throws. 

One rule in particular is going to have significant impacts if it is officiated to the letter of the new law.  
"Rip-through" moves, where an offensive player swings the ball into a defenders outstretched arm and then attempts a shot once he has created contact, will be considered non-shooting fouls if the contact begins before the offensive player starts his shooting motion.

Also, on drives to the basket, a shooting foul will be called only if contact occurs after the offensive player has begun his shooting motion, not after he has initiated his leap toward the basket.
via NBA alters emphasis for shooting fouls in 2011-12 - ESPN.

Wait.

Do you hear it?

It's Kevin Durant. Screaming out. In horror. As his scoring average plummets because that's a huge part of his offense. Durant was one of the league leaders in free throw rate last season and 28 percent of his total points came at the stripe. Many of those came from the rip-through move he perfected. But if Durant is the poster-boy for the rip-through, Kevin Martin and Kobe Bryant are the slightly less-in-focus supporting figures in the background of the poster. This isn't going to be a huge differential in terms of raw numbers. After all, the foul is still called, but just not as a shooting foul. But those free throws that extend leads or keep games close earlier in the game will be affected, as will players' efficiency. 

And that's a good thing.

The league needs fewer free throws, and to reward defense. Continuation has been a big problem in officiating and it's good to see the league addressing it. ESPN also reports replay is going to be pulled back in certain ways and substitutions will be limited. The effect should be a shortening of the amount of time games take.
Comments

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:56 am
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

If they want to shorten time wasted on free throws, prohibit other players from walking into the lane or the shooting area between free throws.  The incipid  slapping of hands -- even after missed shots -- is laughable and a true waste of time.  Act like you've hit (or missed) free throws before.  Shoot 'em and get on with it.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:54 am
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Thank goodness! Now, it would be another step up if they would create rules against "acting" like a personal foul occurred...you know, the one that awards an "oscar" for the infamous "flopping".



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:50 am
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Not sure if this is all good? You will see a lot of guys just wrap guys up if they feel they have them beat to the backet. This could end up being "cheap" in the other direction.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:29 am
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Awesome... it'll cut out that BS "continuation" that NBA players get...



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:10 am
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

This is really going to hurt Westbrook as well with his bullrush caveman drives to the basket and going to the three throw line all game long. That's pretty much all he does. I was thinking about putting some money down on the Thunder to win it all, NOT NOW!!



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Watch, its going to be like the new no arguing with the refs rule from last season that resulted in a techical if you did it, the refs called techinicals like crazy like 5 a game for the first month, then they stopped doing it for the most part unless you were really complaining bad or you wre dwight howard who gets technicals for just looking at the refs.


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Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:51 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

Good rules changes. Now we don't have to watch muti-million dollar players miss free throw after free throw. Now if they would actually call travelling.
It's about time they tried to bring defense back into the game. And not penalize it.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

I think Nash and Derek Fisher are the only true ball handlers. I have seen Rondo go from the basket to half court on two dribbles.  I wish they would change this rule also. LeBron James can go from beyond the arc and slam dunk it with only one dribble. 



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Rules to affect free throw rates next season

I LOVE THIS. OH MY GOD. BEEN BEGGING FOR THIS FOR 5 YEARS. Durants offense will suffer drastically. Wow. The basketballs gods do listen.


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