NBA Discussing Changing Rules Favorable To Jump Shooters

The NBA Competition Committee met Monday with the idea of further restricting “unnatural motions” from players when taking jump shots, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.<a rel=The main purpose of the meetings is to discuss rules that will limit foul calls for offensive players who lean forward or sideways into defenders when shooting, Wojnarowski added.

While he cited Nets guard James Harden, Mavericks guard Luka Doncic and Hawks guard Trae Young as players who take advantage of the current jump-shooting rules, Wojnarowski added the NBA views it as a league-wide or “universal” issue.

The league has been contemplating changes to how it officiates jump shots for some time, Wojnarowski noted, and the competition committee plans to meet with GMs next week to “drill down” on examples that will be presented to team owners.

If the new rules are agreed upon, they could be put in place as soon as next season.

“The league has been drifting towards favoring offenses since rules changes in the 2000’s prohibited hand-checking against dribblers on the perimeter,” wrote Dave Deckard of SB Nation. “Early implementation of those rules gave rise to the scoring point guard: quick, ball-dominant players who could get free from defenders when unimpeded.

“Where size, athleticism, and technique had long been keys to scoring—evidenced by the dominance of centers in the 1970’s and 1980’s, then hyper-athletic shooting guards and small forwards in the 1990’s and early 2000’s—speed and skill now came to the fore.”

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