The NBA’s Competition Committee met today to further explore rule changes to restrict unnatural motions on jump shots players use to draw fouls, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The NBA wants to limit players including stars like Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young and Brooklyn Nets’ James Harden from leaning backwards and sideways to draw fouls.
The plan is to bring recommendations to the Board of Governors for a vote this summer and implement rule changes for the 2021-22 season, with the next step being to talk with the league’s GM’s about the specific unnatural motions that’ll be formally recommended to the owners for elimination, Wojnarowski also notes.
Despite Young and Harden being mentioned as players who mainly use these unnatural motions, “the league and teams generally see this as a universal problem throughout rosters that gives offenses too great of an advantage.”
This issue has been at the center of league discussions for a long period of time.
Back in April, it was reported that the Competition Committee was evaluating playing rules and interpretation of rules regarding unnatural shooting motions in connection with perimeter jump-shots and on-ball screens and the principle of verticality.
It’s clear that there will be changes coming this offseason.