How Does a Goalrilla Compare to a NBA Hoop?

James Naismith himself, the inventor of the game, probably never could have imagined how far basketball has come and how it has evolved. The days of using peach baskets nailed to the wall are long gone as other advancements have been designed to help a ball move through a hoop.

Of these technological improvements, the NBA is one organization that uses the highest-end hoops and other materials to ensure the game runs smoothly. Let’s look at a professional-level goal to find out what sets them apart from the rest.


The Backboard

 According to the Official Rules, Section II, the backboard shall be a rectangle measuring 6’ (72”) horizontally, and 3.5’ (42”) vertically. The front surface shall be flat and transparent. There is no specification within the official rules of a minimum glass thickness, however you should expect all professional level hoops to be at least ½” thick.

The rectangle behind the rim is required to be 2” wide and white. It should measure 24” horizontally, 18” vertically, and centered behind the rim.


The Rim

Each basket must use a pressure-release NBA-approved metal safety ring 18” inside diameter with a white cord net 18” in length. The rim must breakaway when under pressure and measure the standard 18” in diameter with a net that measures 18” in length.

The rim must be securely attached to the backboard, measuring 10’ above and parallel to the floor.

The big difference between a consumer-grade and pro-level rim is the breakaway weight. NBA rims are typically set to breakaway at 200 lbs. which helps to increase their lifespan and withstand the tremendous stress put on them.

Consumer-grade rims are typically around 120 lbs. to 150 lbs. which is plenty for your typical home installation.

Added at the beginning of the 2009-2010 NBA season, the league adopted a new rim that will also breakaway at the sides.

Professional Grade NBA-level rims are usually very expensive. The Spalding ArenaPro 180 rim is the official rim of the NBA and costs roughly $900. This only includes the rim assembly, no backboard, no frame, and nothing else. The high price tag is largely due to the materials and processes used and followed to increase the longevity of the rim.  



The NBA does not specify a minimum overhang for its goals. However, if you watch any professional game you’ll see most goals sit on courts with around a 10’ to 11’ overhang. The purpose of this lengthy overhang is to protect players from the base and fans and spectators from the action on the court.  

The base is heavily padded in the event play does spill over from the court. The base also serves as housing for the electrical wiring that powers the shot clock, lights, and other onboard electronics for the entire system.



Again, the NBA does not specify padding to be required on any of the hoops used in regulation play. However, similar to a lengthy overhang, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any arena that doesn’t use it. Considering the majority of professional basketball players are 6’7”, it doesn’t take much more than a slight jump for them to collide with the backboard.

Because of this, all NBA basketball hoops use some type of backboard padding along with what is already covering the base of the goal.


How Does a Goalrilla Stack Up?

Let’s take the CV72S for example.

The CV72S features a clear view backboard in the 72” size with STBLZR Technology. Let’s compare the NBA’s most commonly featured characteristics with what the CV72S.



NBA Regulation


Backboard Measurement

6’ (72”) x 3.5’ (42”)

6’ (72”) x 3.5’ (42”)


10’ (120”)

10’ (120”)

Backboard Thickness



Rim Breakaway Weight




10’ (120”) – 11’ (132”)

4’ (48”)

Backboard Padding



Pole Padding




When compared side by side, the CV72S goes toe to toe with the majority of NBA basketball hoops. The only exceptions are the rim and overhang, which really aren’t applicable to a residential installation. Virtually no one will need, or even want, a breakaway rim requiring that much force. Unless you’re a professional player and don’t mind paying the $900 price tag, this NBA-level rim is unnecessary.

As for the overhang, 4’ (48”) is more than enough for a home court. The only reason for such a great amount of overhang is for the safety of professional players who average 6’ 7”, or taller, during competition.

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