NBA Plans New Rules Regarding “Non-Basketball” Moves

The NBA plans to adopt new rules for next season that would limit “non-basketball” moves used to draw fouls on defenders, writes Shams Charania of The Athletic. The changes still must go through the final discussion phase and receive approval from the competition committee and the league’s board of governors.

The rules were discussed Monday at a meeting of all 30 general managers in Chicago and they could be in place for the Las Vegas Summer League in August, sources tell Charania. The proposed changes stem from “serious discussions” throughout the NBA about minimizing some of the advantages that have been given to shooters.

According to Charania, referees will be trained to identify moves that are designed solely to draw contact, such as:

  • A shooter who launches or leans into a defender at an abnormal angle.
  • A shooter who kicks his leg at an abnormal angle.
  • An offensive player who purposely veers sideways or backward into a defender.

The new rules mandate that these actions will be no-calls if they’re considered marginal or offensive fouls in more serious cases.

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