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Each season the NBA makes a half dozen or so rule changes, most often these are minor rule changes which donít affect the game at all, but sometimes these new rules have revolutionized the game of basketball. There have been at least 10 major rule changes which have changed the game beyond most of our comprehension, unless you watched the game before some of these rules were added you would have no idea what I mean.
Of the 10 major rule changed which completely affected the game, I narrowed down my list to just five. Five rule changes which have mostly benefitted the league and the game of basketball.
#5 Addition free throws after the teams fifth foul.
#4 Three Point line.
In recent years the three point line has been the issue of contention for many, some feel that itís to inviting for players to stand on the perimeter and just shoot threes. The NBA has addressed this issue and has moved the line back a couple of times.
#3 Widening the lane from six to twelve feet, than from twelve to sixteen feet.
The League widened the lane again twelve years later, taking it from twelve feet to sixteen feet. This once again increased scoring for the guards, but it did hurt the points output from the big men for a couple of years.
Without these changes the NBA game would still be dominated by the big guys, guards would still be on the perimeter and the game would be a lot slower than it is today.
#2 Banning Zone Defense
#1 Shot clock
Legend states that the NBA added the shot clock after the Fort Wayne Pistons beat the Minneapolis Lakers 19-18, in the lowest scoring game in league history on November 22, 1950, This isnít true however, the league didnít add the shot clock until the 54-55 season, nearly four years after the infamous game. The game did have an impact on the concept of the shot clock, following the game many people around the league realized something had to be done to keep teams from holding the ball all game like the Pistons did.
The clock can still be found today, and itís still affecting the way teams run their offense. With only 24 second to get a play off the offense must hurry, this has lead to increase scoring and a much faster tempo game.