G Legue to experiment with free throw rule


The G League is getting even more experimental. 

The league announced last week that it would try out a new rule change for the 2019-20 season about the number of free throws a player will attempt when he goes to the free-throw line. 

Under the new rule, one free throw worth one, two or three points will be awarded after a foul that would result in one, two or three free throws being awarded. The experimental rule will not apply during the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or overtime. 

According to a report from ESPN’s Zach Lowe, league officials believe the new rule will reduce the time of a game by six to eight minutes. Brad Walker, head of basketball operations for the league, said in the report that a G League game lasted just over two hours last season. 

Lowe’s report said the one-shot free throw rule will be reevaluated at the end of this season, and the decision to continue it past this year has yet to be determined. 

The G League has been home to a few previously experimental rules, including the tradition take foul, a 14-second shot clock reset on the advance, a two-minute overtime period, the away-from-play four rule and the reset timeout.

This season will be the first in the NBA with a coach’s challenge, which was first tested in the G League during the 2014-15 season. 

The season begins for 28 G League teams on Nov. 8, and the Austin Spurs begin their 15th season when they the RGV Vipers at 7:30 p.m. that Friday night at the HEB Center. 

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