Thunder’s Kevin Martin fined $5,000 for second flop
By Ben Golliver
The NBA fined Thunder guard Kevin Martin $5,000 for his second violation of the league’s anti-flopping policy on Wednesday. Martin’s first violation came on Nov. 16.
Martin is the fourth player to receive a fine under the league’s anti-flopping guidelines, which allow one free warning before assessing fines, joining Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea and Nets forwards Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace.
Martin’s second flop occurred during the Thunder’s 121-118 overtime loss to the Nuggets on Jan. 20. With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Nuggets leading 98-90, Martin launched a mid-range jump shot and then fell unnaturally to the ground, simulating a defensive foul on Ander Miller. Replays showed there was no contact on the play and the officials did not call a foul.
This was the same type of play that earned Martin his first violation. The NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy specifically calls out this type of play, singling out Heat guard Dwyane Wade for a similar action. In the video, Wade exaggerates contact to his leg during his jump shot.
“After releasing the jump shot, the shooter, No. 3 in the white uniform, extends his right leg attempting to draw a defensive foul,” the video’s narrator explains. “While there is marginal contact on the play, the flail and spin to the floor by the offensive player is an overembellishment and it’s inconsistent with marginal contact.”
All told, 12 players have been warned this season: Spurs guard Tony Parker, Sixers guard Royal Ivey, Magic center Gustavo Ayon, Rockets center Omer Asik, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, Wallace, Rockets forward Patrick Patterson, Evans, Martin, Barea and Cavaliers guard Donald Sloan.
Martin will now be subject to further fines if he is deemed to have violated the policy again. The sliding fine scale looks like this.
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
For a sixth (or any subsequent) violation of the rule, the player will be subject to such discipline as the League determines is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Martin, 29, is averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game for the Thunder this season. He’s on the books for $12.4 million.