Instead of making players like Andre Drummond and Deandre Jordan get in the gym and shoot a 1000 free throws a day, the NBA has decided to change their “hack-a” foul rule, bailing out those who struggle at the free throw line. 

The NBA released the new rule changes today, adding 3 new dynamics to the rule:

  • Teams that are fouled away from the ball will gain a free throw and possession of the ball within the last two minutes of each period. The former rule was only for the fourth quarter and overtime periods. 
  • On Inbound plays, if a defensive foul is committed before the ball is in play, the team will receive one free throw and possession of the ball. Common play fouls are also applicable. 
  • If a player intentionally jumps on an opposing players back, the player that committed the foul will receive a flagrant foul. 
In looking at the data and numerous potential solutions to combat the large increase in deliberate away-from-the-play foul situations, we believe these steps offered the most measured approach. The introduction of these new rules is designed to curb the increase in such fouls without eliminating the strategy entirely.
— Kiki VanDeWeghe, via NBA News

While these rule changes will prevent stoppage of play, it’s letting horrible free throw shooters off the hook. Kiki VanDeWaghe, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, suggest that these new rules will eliminate the deliberate fouls but not the entire strategy but is there still a strategy to the “Hack-a” foul if you can't foul without gaining a possession? 

The only solution to fouling those of that are not good at the line is to wait until they have the ball in there hands. The opposing teams will have to keep the ball away from those that are at the terrible at the line. For a team like the Pistons, keeping the ball out of Drummond hands would be detrimental to their offense. If he was just a dunker like D.Jordan, it wouldn’t be so hard. The new rule changes makes this “strategy” interesting for both the offense and the defense. 

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