Jan Vesely hardly stands alone with foul-prone tendencies

Jan Vesely hardly stands alone with foul-prone tendencies
December 29, 2013, 12:00 pm
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If nothing else, Jan Vesely is efficient. The forward, who once was disqualified from a Las Vegas summer league game with 10 fouls, drew six fouls in eight minutes of Saturday's 106-82 win vs. the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center.

And consider the score. It was a blowout, when games tend to be more loosely called. Vesely made a bank shot with with 11:13 left in the fourth quarter and was in position to log extended minutes with the score 90-62. But in the next two minutes he collected two more fouls to get disqualified from the contest.

"Nobody said anything," Trevor Booker said of the reaction by the bench to Vesely's quick exit. "I was shocked when they said it was the sixth foul. I started looking around because I knew he only played a few minutes."

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A crowd of almost 20,000 could be heard collectively gasping when Vesely took free throws in the first quarter and the first one was an airball that fell woefully short of the rim. When Vesely fouled out, they gave him a half-hearted ovation that drew chuckles. After all, the Wizards (13-14) were on their way to their fourth victory in five games with one more game in 2013 and a chance to end it at .500.

So where does this effort rank in NBA history? According to BasketballReference.com, Bubba Wells of the Dallas Mavericks holds the record. In 1997, he drew six fouls in just three minutes.

Mark Bryant, also with Dallas, "accomplished" the feat in five minutes in 2000. Josh McRoberts equalled that with the Indiana Pacers in 2009. The best-known active player on the list: Steve Nash. He fouled out in six minutes in 1997 with the Phoenix Suns.

Vesely is now part of a list of 45 other players to have fouled out in eight minutes or fewer. Bryant did it twice.