There are new rules that are going to be implemented this season. One of them is the Transition Take Foul, and the new look Los Angeles Lakers could (should) take advantage of it to hide the deficiency of their new roster.
NBA new rule: Transition Take Foul
The NBA puts a premium on fast-paced and exciting games, so when opposing teams intentionally commit a foul to stop an open court fastbreak, it merits harsher penalties. According to NBA Communications on Twitter, a free throw and ball possession will be rewarded for such intentional fouls.
Coaches will have to remind their players not to commit such fouls, especially in crucial moments when the penalties could change the game’s outcome.
Here is the penalty for the take fouls per SB Nation:
- The offensive team gets one free throw, which can be attempted by anyone on the court.
- The offensive team will get to inbound the ball side-out after that free throw is attempted.
- The defensive player that committed the foul will get be assessed with a common foul.
How Lakers could take advantage of the Transition Take Foul rule
The Lakers haven’t addressed their need for more shooters in the offseason. What they have in abundance are slashers, shot creators, and attackers. They could take advantage of the Transition Take Foul if they employ a run-and-gun system. Make The King the primary ballhandler and let him create for his team, especially on fastbreaks. But can the Lakers risk him in that role?
LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, and Russell Westbrook could all start and ignite a fastbreak. LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Brodie all attempted at least five free throws per game last season. If they could intercept the passing lanes or get long rebounds to jumpstart the attack as defenders scramble for position, the rule change could mean good things for the Lakers.
Darvin Ham needs to maximize his roster and devise a plan to unleash the players’ potential. If the team lacks a constant outside threat, it makes sense to attack the basket every chance they get. However, the Lakers need to sink their freebies as well. Brodie only made 66.7% of his free throws last season, while Malik Monk provides better numbers with 79.5% connection from the charity stripes. LeBron improved his free throws last season with a 75.6% percentage. Two seasons ago, it was just below 70%.
The Lakers could take advantage of the new NBA rule, but their focus and accuracy on the free throw line would be tested.