The free throw line is 15 feet away from the basketball hoop. Teams typically shoot free throws after a shooting foul is committed or after the foul limit for that quarter has been reached, though there are additional scenarios that call for foul shots as well.Know More
The free throw was not part of James Naismith's original 13 rules for basketball when he invented the game in 1891. A team that was fouled consecutively originally was given one point, then the rule was changed and every foul gave the other team a point. The free throw was created when Naismith decided victims of a foul should be given a shot at the basket from 20 feet away. The distance was finalized in 1895 when Naismith moved the free throw line up to 15 feet, and the point total was finalized in 1896 at one point for a free throw, compared to two points for a made basket.
As of 2014, the most accurate free throw shooter in NBA history over the course of a career is Mark Price, who made 90.4 percent of his free throws. A controversial defensive strategy based on free throws is the "Hack-a-Shaq." It involves intentionally fouling a poor free throw shooter repeatedly, limiting that team's offensive possessions to free throws. The team that fouls gains more offensive possessions because of the clock stoppages. The strategy was named after Shaquille O'Neal, a former NBA MVP who was also a poor free throw shooter.Learn More
The height that a basketball hoop is from the ground varies depending on the ages of the players, but a standard basketball hoop is 10 feet tall. Only professional and collegiate players would play with a hoop at this height.Full Answer >
At the professional level, the three-point arc rests 23 feet, 9 inches from the center of the hoop. It is shorter in high school and college play, where it sits 19 feet, 9 inches and 20 feet, 9 inches, respectively.Full Answer >
A free throw is worth a single point in basketball. Free throws are shot from behind the foul line in basketball without allowing defenders to alter or block the shot.Full Answer >
Stringing a new basketball net typically involves stretching the net's nylon loops around the metal hooks on the rim of the basketball hoop. If the current net on the hoop is old or torn, removal is necessary to make room for the new net. The rim can be difficult to reach if the hoop is not adjustable, but with a ladder, a basketball net can be put up in 10 to 15 minutes.Full Answer >