“Giannis Averaging 50”: NBA Fans Rejoice After League Likely To Make Huge Rule Change

Published 05/18/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
May 13, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts after being called for a foul during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics during game six of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

There was a meeting scheduled for general managers in Chicago to discuss a certain rule. It was reported by Shams Charania from The Athletic that the NBA is seeking a way to discourage foul play. In other words, the NBA wants to discourage players from taking unnecessary fouls during games.

If this is implemented, the offensive team will receive one free throw and possession. Based on the amount of support this rule is getting for implementation in the NBA, it looks as if this is going to happen.

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According to reports: “The NBA is eyeing a rule change to the ‘transition take foul,’ that would award the offensive team with one free throw and retaining possession. Board of Governors vote set for July.”

We can see on social media that fans are getting very excited after that. Especially when it comes to their favorite players who will benefit from this rule.

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The league’s Competition Committee discussed making changes to the rules of the game back in November. As the season goes on, the fouls are becoming more frequent, resulting in the league office taking action on it. And to apply a rule that discourages this tactic usually used by players. Following the news that the NBA is likely to introduce drastic rule changes, fans rejoiced.

The NBA is ready to take action against unnecessary fouls

Specifically, the reason for implementing this rule is that players intentionally foul ball-handlers following turnovers prevent obvious fast breaks at the time. Since the season started, this has been a hot topic since it generally slows down the game and takes away some of the most exciting elements.

This means that the NBA is considering a huge step that will completely eliminate the possibility of players making this a reality. In Twitter conversations, we found out that fans are happy with the current rule change scenario, especially with what’s happening this season. Even some mentioned Giannis Antetokounmpo: “Giannis Averaging 50.”

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If we look at the rule book of the NBA, there is a rule that has clear-path fouls that actually allow two foul shots and possession. This condition can only be met when “the ball is ahead of the tip of the circle in the backcourt. No defender is ahead of the offensive player with the transition scoring opportunity; the player with the transition scoring opportunity is in control of the ball (or a pass has been thrown to him); and if the foul deprives his team of an opportunity to score.”

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It will be interesting to see what happens if this rule makes its way into the NBA rules. What players will be benefited from and how it will affect the current season, we will find out next. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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