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Report: NBA considering rule change on “take” fouls, one free throw plus keep possession

Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Game 1 of their NBA first round playoff series

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) stops and fouls Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic (15) in the third quarter of Game 1 of their NBA first round playoff series at Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Saturday, April 16, 2022. (Photo by Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images)

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Fast breaks — leading to high-flying dunks and transition 3s — are the most exciting plays in basketball. They are also some of the most efficient offense; teams score far more points per possession in transition than going against a set defense in the halfcourt.

Which is why the NBA has been seeing the “take” foul more and more — an intentional defensive foul early in transition to draw a whistle and end the break. Smart players have been doing it before their team was in the penalty to take away a sure two points (Chris Paul was a primary practitioner, for example).

There has been a relative explosion of take fouls in the NBA the past couple of seasons, and the league will finally address the issue this offseason, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Both fans and people inside the league agreed the NBA needed to make a move and address the take foul issue. In international basketball (where the take foul was an epidemic for years), a take foul is called as an unsportsmanlike foul with two free throws and the offense retaining possession. In the G-League, the NBA tested the rule as Charania noted, with one free throw plus the team with the ball keeping possession. It still worked to essentially end the practice.

Expect that rule to come to the NBA next season. It needs to.