The NBA is a truly exceptional product,
thanks to its ability to create stars and for those stars to have the
opportunity to shine through the rules that currently exist in the
game. But, as is the case with any sport, there are opportunities to
tweak the rules to create a product that is even better. These three
potential rule changes in particular could improve the game even more
at its highest level of competition.
Adopt the FIBA
In international competition, when FIBA rules are applied, players are
allowed to grab the ball when it comes off of the rim without having to
wait for the ball to clear the cylinder first. In the NBA, this is
called as goaltending or basket interference, which nullifies a basket
scored because of it or gives the offense a bucket if the defense is
guilty of it.
Instead, the NBA should consider adopting the FIBA rule, as it rewards
players for getting to the rim to rebound the ball rather than making
them stand and wait for the ball to take additional bounces. This rule
change would also better prepare the United States team for
international competition, which continues to get tougher with the
evolution of the game around the world.
The NBA has done a good job of calling for more transparency and
accountability among its officials by releasing their two minutes
report at the end of games. That report outlines areas where officials
made key calls, outlining whether those calls were correct or incorrect
and what went into them. Another way to make things more transparent,
and to avoid injustice on the court, would be to make foul calls
reviewable in the final minutes of the game.
Something like this would need to be done delicately, as overanalyzing
plays in slow motion could result in phantom calls being added to late
game situations. But if done right, this idea could resolve clear and
obvious officiating errors late in games to make sure that teams aren’t
robbed of chances to win.
Change MVP voting to
after the season
The NBA’s Most Valuable Player award is one that is used when arguing
the merits of a player’s legacy long after they have left the league.
The one problem with it is that the award is used largely to
commemorate regular season accomplishments, as it is handed out before
the completion of the playoffs. To make sure that legacies are properly
accounted for, the award should be given out at the end of each season
For example, when Steph Curry won the award
unanimously after the 2015-2016 season, those unanimous votes didn’t
factor in the fact that his team blew a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland
Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Of course, voters would still have the
option to weigh regular season performances more heavily than those in
the postseason, but the postseason would have the opportunity to be a
factor if the award was handed out later in the year.
Post contributed by Max
Kesler of Hoopsbeast. Max is a passionate
basketball player and longtime Sixers fan. Besides shooting hoops and
avidly following the NBA, he also likes to share basketball training
advice on his blog.