The Detroit Pistons don’t currently have any players who are thought of as dirty in the NBA, though that hasn’t always been the case.
Over the years the Pistons have had players known for delivering hard fouls (Rick Mahorn, Bill Laimbeer) as well as ones who would occasionally try to get the referees to bite on a flop (Blake Griffin).
The NBA has already done away with hard fouls, and now flopping is next on the agenda.
The charge is the most controversial call in basketball and one that refs often get wrong, depending on which team you are cheering for.
Over the past few seasons, the NBA has tried to clean up flopping by fining players who do it, but it was rarely called or enforced, which may be about to change.
Hilarious new NBA flopping video features the Pistons
The NBA released a two-part video that gave examples of flopping and explained how the new rules will be enforced.
The biggest change is that the offending player can be charged with a technical foul for a flop, whether they are doing it on offense or defense.
If you skip to around 3:45 of the first clip, you will see a familiar face in Jaden Ivey of the Detroit Pistons, who was used as an example of a player flopping on offense.
Ivey hit the floor after barely being touched on a 3-point attempt, which would be considered a flop and issued a technical foul under the new rules.
Players can’t be ejected for these types of technical fouls, so you can rack up as many flopping T’s in a game as you want, but it will give the other team a free-throw attempt every time.
The video was more like a comedy, featuring some of the most egregious flops from the last few seasons. The Rudy Gobert flop under the hoop, when he fell well after the play was over, might have been the most ridiculous.
Even though Jaden Ivey was used as an example the Pistons don’t have any egregious floppers, or anyone that takes a lot of charges, as they were led last season by Killian Hayes who only took eight total (Jaylin Williams of OKC led the league with 43). There is often a fine line between flopping and successfully taking a charge, but the new rules shouldn’t affect the Pistons much.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this is called, as flopping is subjective and it will be up to the discretion of the referee to decide if the player was acting in a dramatic way that was inconsistent with the contact.
Expect a lot of argument every time this is called.
Hopefully, this will reduce the amount of flopping we see, as it really does slow down the game, but don’t expect the controversy to go away.