As I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline on Wednesday afternoon one tweet caught my eye.
It was different from the normal NBA Finals analysis that has filled that space lately and something that many people probably saw and blew right by.
That tweet is below:
Spoke to Stu Jackson about competition committee recs. among them: proposed new ban on offensive players standing out of bounds
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 12, 2013
You see many people will see this and wonder why there even has to be a rule for this. That many teams wouldn’t think of doing it.
After all if a player is out of bounds it makes offense even harder since they can’t touch the ball at that moment.
But as most people who follow the Nuggets may know, for them this rule matters.
The strategy makes sense. Since the Nuggets don’t really have any big capable of stretching the floor vertically or horizontally from 8 to 15 feet they need to find another way to create spacing and room at the rim for someone like Ty Lawson.
By staying out of bounds they do just that, forcing their defenders underneath the rim so that the Nuggets bigs cannot step into the paint for passes or offensive rebounds uncontested.
With the speed of Lawson or the finishing ability of Iguodala that extra half a second or half a step that they are able to gain on the opposing bigs gets them much easier looks than if the Nuggets bigs were in bounds and trying to find some place to be instead.
As fellow RMC writer David said when we discussed this a bit yesterday, we don’t know if the strategy was Karl based and therefore would remain Karl exclusive so in the end the rule may not matter at all.
But with a Nuggets offense that can tend to struggle in the half court as it is, anything that may upset that is a big deal and the lack of this spacing option could be just that meaning this rule is one that the Nuggets and their fans should be following as it develops.