NBA: Top 5 Floppers (With Video Evidence)


Jun 1, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James reacts during the second half in game six of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

"“I don’t need to flop, I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys.”– LeBron James"

Okay, LeBron. I’m supposed to believe that you’re not a flopper, that you don’t cheat to get a more desired call. When LeBron was fined $5,000 dollars for flopping against the Pacers, that seemed like a harsh enough fine. When people crunched some numbers, however, LeBron’s fine was equivalent to $12 dollars for the average man, who makes $46,000 per year. Think about that for just one second.

This postseason, flopping has been one of the biggest problems that continues to fool officials into making horrible calls. David Stern believed he had fixed the issue with the fine, but he has to realize that this kind of money that he’s charging them is not worth anything to them but maybe a meal at McDonald’s.

With that being said, some of the players deserve Academy Awards for their flops, so why don’t we call them out and commemorate them, showing everyone how well they’re doing?

1. LeBron James:

Whenever a player embellishes contact, it’s considered a flop. LeBron James does this entirely too often. And let’s be honest, folks, there’s no one that can really support or defend him in this case. He may be trying to get the call, sure, but can’t he earn it? What’s the harm in playing a toughly fought came of basketball, where, God forbid, you actually earn your calls?

2. Blake Griffin:

If I didn’t put Blake Griffin on this list, I would almost certainly get hate from putting just LeBron on this list. Griffin is a high flyer, a great post-up player and one of the most athletic power forwards with a bright future in the league. Unfortunately for us, he really likes to act. Griffin has been known to overreact to menial contact. He doesn’t always get the call, but when he does, it gets to be irritating for the fans and other team, because there’s nothing that he can do about it.

3. Manu Ginobili:

We all have a lot of respect for Manu Ginobili, sure, but that doesn’t mean that he’s not one of the biggest floppers in the NBA today. The Spurs aren’t a cheating team, for the most part. They play by fundamental and restraint. Unfortunately, Ginobili is another one of these players that likes to overreact to almost no contact.

4. James Harden:

Harden’s breakout year (he averaged 26 points per game) really showed us that he’s one of the future stars, worthy of making an All-NBA team. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been caught with the flopping yet, although he does it a lot. I know many may dislike me for writing this list, but sometimes, we have to face reality.

5. Lance Stephenson:

Is this even in need of explanation? Just watch below.