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NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:25 pm
 
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The NBA’s competition committee voted Friday to make the transition rule allowing teams to dress and play 13 players permanent and to shorten and streamline the waiver period, said Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

The roster rule was approved unanimously by the committee consisting of league and team executives and will be recommended to the Board of Governors for formal adoption pending approval by the players’ union. The waiver period, currently 48 business hours during the season and seven days from the end of the season until August 15, would be changed to 48 hours year-round, including weekends.

The long-held practice of the league maintaining three daily waiver reporting times – 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET – would be replaced by a single daily reporting time of 5 p.m. ET, Jackson said. The changes could take effect as soon as this summer.

The roster rule initially was employed with the intention of allowing teams to dress 13 players but only play 12. It was subsequently decided that all 13 who dressed would be able to play. The committee voted Friday to recommend making the rule permanent.

“It just makes more sense for our teams,” Jackson said.

One team representative made what Jackson characterized as a “somewhat humorous” proposal that actually might achieve the league’s goal of shortening games: Penalize players for moving around the lane area and slapping fives after free throws. The committee didn’t pass that proposal, but adopted an informal recommendation that in extreme cases – such as a player walking to half court to high-five after a free throw – the team should be assessed a delay-of-game warning.

“It’s more of a referee interpretation,” Jackson said.

Jackson made the usual presentation on the quality of play, including the fact that scoring is down -- from 99.3 points per team per game at this point last season to 95.0. About half the difference can be attributed to fewer fouls, fewer free-throw attempts and lower free-throw percentage, Jackson said. Free-throw attempts are down 2.3 per team per game, fouls are down 2.7 per game and points from free throws are down 2.1 per game.

“Possessions are down very slightly, we’re not shooting the ball as well and then there’s the cumulative effect of what happened before the season,” Jackson said. “You had a shortened preseason, you don’t have as much time to prepare, and teams are going deeper into their bench and playing the 10th, 11th and 12th guy more.”

The committee also viewed a presentation on player tracking, a technology that digitally illustrates every movement a player makes during a game -- such as how high they jump when getting a rebound and how much space is between the shooter and defender, and how shooting percentage varies with that space. About 10 teams currently use a version of this technology to evaluate players, and the committee discussed the idea of someday providing it at the league level to all teams.

“That won’t happen for quite a while, but it’s certainly worth monitoring,” Jackson said.
Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:38 am
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

Yes cutting down on the useless high fiving after the free-throw(which most pro players should be hitting at least 80%of the time anyway),that would be a great idea.Maybe if the foul shots were at a crucial pt of the game,congrats might be in order but not when its 53-50 one minute into the third quarter.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:09 pm
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

everything about the NBA irritates me now



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:51 am
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

The best thing in this article was about reducing all the stupid, routine, meaningless "HIGH-5's" after a free throw attempt whether the shot is made or missed.  The HIGH-5 used to be spontanious and meaningful but now it's a routine that really bores me and irritates me as I watch a game.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:02 am
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

yes, some teams utilize the dleague, but they are not forced to do so.  if you make a rule stating that each team must send down three players at all times they then do not have players just sitting on the bench. then when you have injuries, or just want to swap players back and forth as in baseball you can.  very few teams place players on assignment.  did golden state trade lin to new york?  or was hea free agent signing by the knicks.  if he was a free agent signing by the knicks from the dleague player pool, then the warriors did not send him down. they released him.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:24 pm
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

Considering that it seems like free-throw % is at its absolute worst right now, here's a suggestion: have these nitwits actually work on making their free-throws. Seems like that would speed up the game instead of a iron-bound ball that goes bouncing all over the place. Wilt Chamberlain probably rolls around in his grave at how bad these guys are at FT's these days.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:40 am
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

why dont they make a rule where each must send down two or players to the d league?  they have fifteen man rosters and only twelve guys play. why not send the other three to the dleague as in baseball? atleast they get to play, and work on their game. then when players get injured, they can bring them back up.  more teams need to also take advantage of rehab assignments .
They are sent to the D-league... did you not read read what I wrote? Jeremy Lin is a perfect example of that. He was on the Warriors 15-man roster and was assigned to a D-league team.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:11 am
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

why dont they make a rule where each must send down two or players to the d league?  they have fifteen man rosters and only twelve guys play. why not send the other three to the dleague as in baseball? atleast they get to play, and work on their game. then when players get injured, they can bring them back up.  more teams need to also take advantage of rehab assignments .



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:47 pm
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

13 is eh. 15 would be ridiculous. 14 and 15 would almost never play where as now, they are probably getting minutes in the D-league. Hell, I bet 13 rarely plays at the moment.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:57 pm
 

NBA to make 13-man rosters permanent

The rule the NBA really needs to change is the one that allows an in bounding team (after a time out)  to throw the ball across the center court line to the back court.  In the OLD days this was not permitted and it should not be now as it not only penalizes a good defensive team but creates strategy on where to inbound the ball (front court/back court).

Regarding dressing 13 and allowing all of them to play makes sense but why not everyone on the roster since it is maxed out at 15.  They are getting paid aren't they?


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