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Report: NBA Implementing Rules to Prevent Non-Basketball Moves to Draw Fouls

Adam WellsJuly 28, 2021

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JULY 03: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks argues a technical foul during the second half in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks at State Farm Arena on July 03, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NBA has reportedly finalized a rule that will limit the number of non-basketball moves players use to generate foul calls.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the new rule will be implemented for the 2021-22 season.

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If deemed more than marginal (offensive player's contact impacts the defender's speed, quickness, balance, or rhythm) -- play results in an offensive foul. <br><br>A no-call should result -- if the contact is deemed marginal. <a href="https://t.co/h3dt4rLjL9">https://t.co/h3dt4rLjL9</a>

Charania reported in June the league was looking to limit the number of calls players generate on non-basketball moves, with the NBA Summer League in August discussed as a potential start date for the rule change.

The use of non-basketball moves to generate foul calls has been a hot topic in the NBA for some time.

James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks are two of the most notorious offenders of the non-basketball move that gets a whistle from the officials.

Typically, players will use an unnatural shooting motion and flail their legs while in the air to convince a referee that an opposing player has touched them to throw their mechanics out of whack.

During a Dec. 30 game against the Nets in which Young went to the free-throw line 16 times, Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash appeared to tell one of the officials "that's not basketball."

Young responded in January by telling reporters he "learned a lot about drawing fouls from" watching Nash as a player.

Depending on how aggressively the officials enforce the new rules, those foul-drawing players may have to find a new way to generate calls that get them to the free-throw line.