The NBA issued Bulls guard D.J. Augustin a warning for flopping on Thursday.
Augustin's flop occurred in the fourth quarter of Chicago's 105-94 road victory over Detroit on Mar. 5. With roughly 10 minutes remaining in the game and Chicago leading 75-70, Augustin went flying to the court near the baseline seats after taking minor contact in transition.
The sequence began with Mike Dunleavy blocking a Kyle Singler shot, a play that allowed Augustin to push the ball up the court against Brandon Jennings. As he approached the paint, Augustin took a light bump to his right side from Jennings, but he remained on balance as he took a step before getting into his shooting motion. Augustin flung up a wild shot at full speed before crashing toward the baseline.
During his shooting motion, Augustin appeared to launch himself to the left and his momentum carried him to the court, making it look as if he had been knocked out of the air by Jennings. The officials called a foul on Jennings, who also subsequently received a technical foul.
This type of flop was specifically brought up in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Spurs guard Tony Parker was fouled on a drive but unnecessarily sent himself flying to the ground.
“The highlighted offensive player will draw a legitimate defensive foul on the drive but he subsequently over-embellishes the contact by flailing his arms and spinning to the floor,” the video’s narrator explains. “This over-embellished action is inconsistent with the level of contact and the direction of the contact.”
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Augustin becomes the 27th player warned for flopping this season, joining Wizards guard John Wall, Timberwolves forwards Kevin Love and Corey Brewer, Spurs guard Patty Mills, Bucks center Zaza Pachulia, Rockets guard James Harden, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, Celtics forward Jared Sullinger, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson, Warriors forward/center Marreese Speights, Sixers guard Tony Wroten, Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, Lakers guard Jodie Meeks, Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, Heat guard Mario Chalmers, Bucks guard Brandon Knight, Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin, Suns forward P.J. Tucker, Pacers center Ian Mahinmi and Pacers guard C.J. Watson.
Harden, Brewer, Stephenson, Chalmers and Tucker have all been fined $5,000 for incurring second violations.
Instituted before the 2012-13 season, the NBA's anti-flopping system provides one free warning to players before they are subjected to a scaling set of monetary fines.
- Violation 1: Warning
- Violation 2: $5,000 fine
- Violation 3: $10,000 fine
- Violation 4: $15,000 fine
- Violation 5: $30,000 fine
- Violation 6: Subject to discipline reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension
The NBA assigned 24 flopping violations to 19 different players on 13 different teams during the 2012-13 regular season. Five players received two infractions each, earning fines totaling $25,000, with zero players getting dinged three or more times.
During the 2013 playoffs, the NBA removed the free warning and began assessing fines. Although former commissioner David Stern said that the league's current policy "isn't enough" to curb the practice, the league did not adopt any changes to the policy during the offseason.
The NBA defines flopping as "any physical act that, following review, reasonably appears to be intended to cause the game officials to call a foul on another player" with the “primary factor” in determining a flop being whether “a player’s physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.”
Augustin finished with 26 points (on 7-for-14 shooting), six assists and one against the Pistons.