#MixxSports: G-League Testing Out One Free Throw Rule

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So, the NBA G-League continues to be the guinea pig for the NBA when it comes to testing out new rules. A single foul shot will count for one, two or three points, depending on the circumstance of the foul. Foul shots will revert to its traditional free throw rules during the last two minutes of regulation or overtime.

The move is another step for the NBA to try to make games shorter and improve the flow of the game. Before this rule, the league has reduced total combined timeouts from 18 to 14 in 2017, requiring players to return to the floor in a timely fashion after timeouts and punished “Hack-a-Shaq” fouls and intentional fouls that were committed to take away from the game.

Now personally, I don’t agree with this rule. As a constant viewer and attendee of NBA games, the amount of free throws a player takes does not bother me. In fact, I actually enjoy seeing a player go the foul line to shoot free throws as it is a part of the game and can change the outcome of the game as well.

Let’s use an example to put it in perspective. Now Dwight Howard (sorry Dwight) is not a good free-throw shooter career-wise averaging 57%, but this past season he averaged 60% from the line (granted he only played 9 games). Let’s say this rule makes its way to the NBA and Dwight gets fouled in the paint trying to go for a layup. This benefits him being a bad free-throw shooter because the fewer tries he has the better are his chances of making it.

Another reason this can affect the league is what it would do to the recordings of free throws percentages and the accuracy of it. As mentioned before, this benefits players who aren’t good at free throws and the record will show these players having free throw percentages on par with actual good free throw shooters.

Overall this is an experiment that G League will be testing and they will make a final decision on whether or not to keep the rule in place at the end of this upcoming season. What do you all think? Is this a good rule and would you like to see game flow increase or does this rule hurt the game of basketball? Let me know in the comments.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, I grew up loving the sport of basketball and entertainment altogether. Currently, I am a student at the University of Kentucky with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Theater.