In the world of flopping, it doesn't get much more blatant than what James Harden did on Saturday night. After a made bucket, Harden turns to run back down the court, but gets tangled up with Tyson Chandler. And it wasn't so much tangled up as it was Harden trying to run through Chandler. Then, as Chandler raises his elbows, Harden drops like a sniper hit him while grabbing his eye, drawing the automatic technical foul that comes with contact to the head.
Here is the video for you to judge for yourself (via Blazers Edge).
The automatic technical foul for blows to the head makes the cost to benefit ratio of a move like this worth it. Harden looks like a fool -- and he has to know it -- but draws a tech. In a game where the Thunder are getting whipped, any little thing helps.
But even still, there's no defending Harden here. The flop was one of the more blatant acting jobs and was initiated by his own contact. He ran into Chandler, played the role of instigator, then hit the deck as if Chandler had taken a running start and smacked him square in the eye.