Kevin Martin is one of the craftiest players in the NBA at drawing contact and getting to the free throw line. Martin may be a little too crafty.
Martin has been officially warned by the NBA for flopping on a foul call in Oklahoma City’s game vs. Detroit last Monday night. Martin was fouled by Tayshaun Prince on a 3-point attempt and flailed his body, kicking out his leg after the contact to accentuate the call.
This is a pretty common move by NBA players made famous by Reggie Miller but it’s something the NBA intends to crack down on with their new flopping policy.
Martin is averaging 5.5 free throw attempts in 29.5 minutes per game this season.
Martin has just been warned so far and will not be fined yet but if he is caught flopping again, it will be a $5,000 fine.
Martin seems like a good candidate to be caught again flopping. He probably won’t be changing his game any to accommodate the NBA and this new policy as drawing fouls is one of his most valuable assets.
Martin is just the third player so far this season to be warned by the league for flopping with J.J. Barea and Donald Sloan being the other two.