Flopping is a sad and funny part of the game, as players always try to cheat and fool referees in order to give them calls and either send them to the line or give the rock to their respective teams by drawing an offensive foul.
Some great players of the likes of LeBron James have been involved in serious flopping incidents, so that doesn’t mean that flopping is something necessary to thrive, but it will obviously help you get things going.
Over the course of history, we’ve seen some hilariously obvious floppers, and today, we’re going to let you know about the league’s All-NBA Flopping team.
Honorable Mention: Chris Paul
PG: Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart is perhaps the best defensive guard in the world right now. He can guard 1 through 5 with great ease, is strong, fast and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line on every loose ball. Still, that hustle and grit make him hilariously flop every now and then when drawing charges, even hitting the deck despite not even being touched by his rivals, and even flopping while setting screens.
SG: James Harden
James Harden is arguably the best offensive talent in the NBA at this point of his career. He’s coming off an MVP campaign and can consistently put a lot of points in the scoreboard from all three levels. But a huge part of his game is the number of times he goes to the line, and at least half of his trips to the line are due to flopping. As soon as he slightly feels the contact, he just throws his body up in the air and hits the floor.
SF: Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili is, after Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, the most iconic part of the San Antonio Spurs culture and one of the best foreign players to ever set foot on an NBA hardwood. He was a versatile scorer, a crafty defender, a willing passer and committed rebounder and a very intelligent and well articulate player, but he was a terrible actor. Truth to be told, Harden looks as if he pretty much copied Manu’s obvious flops and exaggerates them a bit further.
PF: Anderson Varejao
There was a time when Anderson Varejao was one of the most hated guys in the NBA, especially by Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, and that’s mostly due to his flopping. Varejao was constantly throwing shoulders and then acting if he was hit. He was constantly hitting the floor and nagging referees to hand him calls, especially when drawing charges despite obviously being outside of the circle.
C: Vlade Divac
Vlade Divac was a great overall big man, a triple-double threat with such a solid career with the Lakers, Hornets and Kings, but there’s a reason why he’s known as the “King of Flops”. Vlade defended himself stating that he “defended”, but c’mon, he just threw his back to the floor every time a guy was posting him up. As a matter of fact, he even joked about being a judge to determine whether something was a flop or not.
6th Man: Bill Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer was a really tough guy in one of the most hard-nosed teams in the history of the league, but he was a terrible flopper. He was a really harsh defender that got a little bit too excited every now and then, earning the hate from most of his colleagues. Moreover, the top-notch defender flopped on every single possession and even bragged about it.