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NBA announces new foul rule

The NBA approved a new transition foul rule and implemented a playoff tournament.



The NBA is about to undergo changes.

The NBA announced on July 12 that the league’s Board of Governors has given its approval to a few items.

The first is the introduction of heavier penalties for take fouls, which has been a hotly debated issue over the past few seasons. The second is the full-time implementation of the Play-In Tournament.

According to the NBA, both will take effect in the 2022–23 season.


The NBA Board of Governors approved the establishment of the NBA Play-In Tournament on a full-time basis as well as a tweak to the playing rules that will result in a harsher punishment when a defensive player commits a “transition take foul.” @NBAPR, NBA Communications July 13, 2022

How significant is this? Let’s look more closely.

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Describe a take foul.


When a defender fouls someone without touching the ball to thwart a transition opportunity, this is known as a take foul.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, a superstar with the Milwaukee Bucks who has led the NBA in transition scoring each of the previous four seasons, serves as an illustration:

In the past, a take foul resulted in a personal foul on the defender and a side out for the offensive team. The anomaly? The offensive team would receive free throws if the team that fouled out was in the bonus.

The Bucks took the ball out of bounds after Pistons guard Rodney McGruder was called for a personal foul in the case above.


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What have the take foul rules changed?

The attacking team will now receive a free throw after a take foul, which can be made by any player who was playing at the time. They will also keep possession of the ball, and the offending player will be penalized with a foul.

The new rule does, however, have one restriction: Teams are not subject to the new penalty if they commit a take foul in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or during any overtime period.


According to the NBA, “This exception will allow the defensive team to adopt the time-tested strategy of taking a foul to halt the clock during an attempted comeback or prevent the opposing team from perhaps tying the game with a three-pointer.”

A common foul will be given to the defender if they foul while making a play on the ball.

It’s not a new concept, the Play-In Tournament.

It’s not, however the Play-In Tournament was introduced on a yearly basis in 2020–21 after the first Play-In Game was held in the 2019–20 season. Later, it was extended through the 2021–2022 campaign.


It has now been adopted permanently. LeBron, I’m sorry.

The Play-In Tournament will follow the same structure as the previous two years, with teams competing for the No. 7 and No. 8 postseason spots. These teams will finish with the seventh- through tenth-best records in each conference.