Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players score points by shooting (throwing) a ball through an elevated hoop located on either side of the rectangular court. To advance the ball down the court, players must bounce the ball (dribble) or pass it to a teammate. Points can be earned by shooting a three-pointer (behind the three-point line), a two-point field goal (anywhere not beyond the three-pointer), or a one-point foul shot (after the referee determines a foul). Basketball requires considerable skills related to teamwork, accuracy, ball handling, speed, agility, size and strength. Basketball has become one of the world’s most popular sports.

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Basketball Rims & Nets
Illustration of a basketball player (James Harden) dunking on a regulation Basketball Rim with dimensions

Basketball rims, or hoops, are orange painted goals attached to the backboard and used for scoring points in a game of basketball. Basketball rims today are designed as breakaway rims comprised of a hinge and spring that allow the rim to bend when a player dunks without shattering the backboard. The rim itself is made of a 5/8” | 1.6 cm steel diameter steel rod that is formed into a ring with an inner diameter of 18” | 45.72 cm. Basketball nets are hung from the bottom of the rim with lengths between 15”-18” | 38.1-45.7 cm. Basketball rims are mounted 10’ | 3.05 m from the court floor.

Pair of drawings of a Basketball Rim and Net in side and plan views with dimensions for rim diameter and net length
Basketball rims are orange painted goals attached to the backboard in a game of basketball. Basketball rims have an inner diameter of 18” | 45.72 cm. Nets are hung from the bottom of the rim with lengths between 15”-18” | 38.1-45.7 cm. Basketball rims are mounted 10’ | 3.05 m from the court floor.

Pair of drawings of a Basketball Rim and Net in side and plan views with dimensions for rim diameter and net length
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 m) tall.

Pair of dimensioned height drawings of Kobe Bryant at 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 m) tall

Kobe Bryant was 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 m) tall.

Pair of dimensioned height drawings of Kobe Bryant at 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 m) tall
Basketball Backboards
Drawing of a Regulation Basketball Backboard with dimensions for height and width

Basketball backboards are flat elevated vertical boards with mounted baskets, or rims, used to assist or return the basketball after a shot in a game of basketball. Commonly made of Plexiglas or tempered glass, backboards are designed to prevent shattering when a player dunks. Regulation basketball backboards have a width of 72” | 183 cm and a height of 42” | 110 cm with an inner rectangle that is 24” | 61 cm wide and 18” | 45.7 cm tall. For casual non-regulation courts, smaller Fan-Shaped Backboards are often used. Basketball rims are hung 10’ | 3.05 m above the court floor.

Fan-Shaped Backboard
Fan Shaped Basketball Backboards are non-regulation backboards that are typically found on casual courts at playgrounds or indoor side courts. Fan Shaped Backboards are smaller than Regulation Rectangular Backboards and have widths of 54” | 137.2 cm and heights of 33” | 83.8 cm.

Collection of drawings of a Regulation Basketball Backboard illustrating the front, side, and plan views
Basketball backboards are flat elevated vertical boards with mounted baskets, or rims. Regulation basketball backboards have a width of 72” | 183 cm and a height of 42” | 110 cm with an inner rectangle that is 24” | 61 cm wide and 18” | 45.7 cm tall. All rims are hung 10’ | 3.05 m above the court.

Collection of drawings of a Regulation Basketball Backboard illustrating the front, side, and plan views
Basketball Hoop & Backboard

In basketball, the basket is comprised of a hoop (net) attached to a flat backboard (vertical glass board). Regulation basketball hoops are suspended 10’ | 3.05 m from the playing surface and have a standard rim diameter of 18” | 46 cm. The vertical backboard surface is made of plexiglass or tempered glass to prevent shattering and is sized at 42” x 72” | 110 x 183 cm. Basketball rims are manufactured from high tensile carbon steel to provide the ball with the correct amount of bounce while also having give for players that can dunk.

Drawing of the side of a Basketball Hoop and Backboard with dimensions for rim height, backboard height, and rim diameter
In basketball, the basket is comprised of a hoop (net) attached to a flat backboard (vertical glass board). Regulation basketball hoops are suspended 10’ | 3.05 m from the surface with a rim diameter of 18” | 46 cm. The backboard surface is sized at 42” x 72” | 110 x 183 cm.

Drawing of the side of a Basketball Hoop and Backboard with dimensions for rim height, backboard height, and rim diameter
Basketball Court

Basketball courts come in different sizes based on the level and type of basketball being played. A professional NBA court is 94’ x 50’ | 28.65 x 15.24 m. Courts are comprised of several foundational components: the baskets, the three-point arcs, free-throw (foul) lines, and the half court line. Indoor courts are usually made with polished wood (often maple), while outdoor courts are typically made from paving, concrete, or asphalt.

Plan drawing of a Basketball Court with dimensions
Basketball courts come in different sizes based on the level of basketball being played. A professional NBA court is 94’ x 50’ | 28.65 x 15.24 m. Courts are comprised of several foundational components: the baskets, the three-point arcs, free-throw (foul) lines, and the half court line.

Plan drawing of a Basketball Court with dimensions
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