Flopping in the NBA has become too common. Though no one respects flopping—it shows zero toughness—players still do it. They would rather look like fools and get fined $5,000 to sell a call than keep playing the game the way it’s meant to be played.
The league tolerates several well-known floppers. Golden State Warriors center Anderson Varejao, Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James have all, at one time or another, been called the league’s worst flopper. But one player takes the craziest dives to ensure getting calls. That player is Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.
Given the number of flops Smart has already performed in his young career, the 22-year-old has made it clear that he has no shame when it comes to playing the flop game. This is Smart’s third season with the Celtics, and he has tried to get away with a number of outrageous flops.
During Monday’s game against the New Orlean Pelicans, Smart was in position to take a charge as Pelicans forward Solomon Hill drove hard to the basket. Hill jumped over Smart, moving his legs to avoid him, but Smart fell to the floor anyway. Though it was an obvious flop, the refs called a charge. To make matters worse, Smart got up and celebrated the phantom foul.
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Let’s take a look at some of Smart’s other outrageous flops.
In the first round of last year’s playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Smart took flight trying to sell a foul. He ran toward the basket to snag an offensive rebound, but the Hawks’ Kyle Korver attempted to box him out. Though Korver barely touched the 6-foot-4, 220-pound guard
, Smart went flying into the air. Smart wasn’t awarded that call, and there’s no wonder why.
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During a game last season against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Smart was covering Wolves guard Zach LaVine. In an effort to keep the ball away from Smart, LaVine swung his arms. Smart saw an opportunity to fake being elbowed in the face. Clearly Smart did not get hit, but he dropped to the floor and showed off his acting skills.
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Also last season, against the New York Knicks, Smart was guarding Carmelo Anthony in the post. Melo gave a little bump to back Smart down and create space, and Smart went flying onto his back. There was no call, but Melo was clearly affected by the flop and missed the shot badly.
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Smart’s propensity for flopping harks back to his career at Oklahoma State University. Check out the videos below to see the King of the Flop back in college, along with more ridiculous flops he has inflicted on the NBA.
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