Now that we know what to watch for, it's time to help the NBA police its own game. Using Mason's guide, here are badges to hand out when you see 15 of the NBA's top flops. Get to tweetin'!
1. Backdown boogie
Mason's description: A classic of the Vlade Divac tradition. First the post defender takes one hard bump to establish he won’t just go down on any contact. On the second bump, Player B flies back like Gary Oldman when he gets his ’chute pulled by Harrison Ford in "Air Force One."
Noted enthusiasts: Dwyane Wade, Jordan Williams, Mike Miller
Mason's description: Player gets in position for a rebound, feels a nudge/hand in the small of his back, and leaps forward like the spawning salmon of the great Northwest.
Noted enthusiasts: Josh Smith, Dirk Nowitzki
Mason's description: Often occurs in ball screens but can also happen off the ball. Player A is coming around a screen and gets contact (legal or otherwise) in the hip or legs but throws his head back as though from a blow at the shoulders or higher.
Noted enthusiasts: Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Derrick Rose
Mason's description: A favorite of Derek Fisher, this is when a player drives directly at a defender and then just throws the ball up with no real hope of making the shot. The bucket isn't the goal ... the contact is.
Noted enthusiasts: Chris Paul, Shane Battier
Mason's description: A versatile flop that can work for defense or offense. It’s when a player runs into a screen and either the screener or the defender acts as though he just stepped on a land mine.
Noted enthusiasts: Reggie Evans, Omer Asik, Boris Diaw, Danilo Gallinari, Mario Chalmers
Mason's description: When a player reacts to a little chin music by thrashing his head backward to simulate a dangerous strike to the face or neck.
Noted enthusiasts: James Harden, Tony Allen, Chris Paul, Reggie Evans, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh
Mason's description: Player A pins Player B’s arm at his side. When Player B muscles free, Player A throws his arms up, rocking backward as if shoved. A favorite of big men in the post, who often finish the move with an indignant "how can you not call that?" glare at the refs.
Noted enthusiasts: Marc Gasol, Reggie Evans, Tony Parker
Mason's description: When a defender gets into his man’s chest, the ball handler might respond by going into his shooting motion and drawing a foul -- even when there’s no real intent to shoot the ball.
Noted enthusiasts: Manu Ginobili, James Harden