James Harden, Trae Young Called Out Over ‘Unnatural’ Shooting Motions After NBA’s Competition Committee Met About Rule Changes

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There are no other players in the league who get called out more than James Harden and Trae Young who are able to draw an insane amount of fouls with the movements that they do on the court.

The NBA is trying to change that.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that the NBA’s Competition Committee met on Monday to discuss rule changes to restrict unnatural motions on jump shots players use to draw fouls. That’s when he listed Brooklyn Nets superstar James Harden and Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young.

“Sources: NBA’s Competition Committee met Monday to further explore rules changes to restrict unnatural motions on jump shots players use to draw fouls. NBA wants to limit players – including stars like Trae Young, James Harden – from leaning backwards and sideways to draw fouls.”

“The plan’s to bring recommendations to the Board of Governors for a vote this summer and implement rule changes for 2021-2022, per sources. Next step will be to talk with league’s GM’s about the specific unnatural motions that’ll be formally recommended to owners for elimination.”

“There are star players with greater usage and exposure who many people identify with this issue, but the league and teams generally see this as a universal problem throughout rosters that gives offenses too great of an advantage.”

“Young and Harden are both still alive in these playoffs, but the ability of many other players — like Luka Doncic — to create this kind of contact within the framework of the current rules has been at the center of league discussions for a long period of time.”

Players such as James Harden and Trae Young have mastered the art of drawing fouls. Nets head coach Steve Nash called out Young for his style, saying “that’s not basketball.”

Check out this compilation of Young drawing fouls.

Steph Curry said in regards to Harden’s foul drawing tactics a few years ago, “there’s an art to that.”