Recently, I was given the task of finding the best portable basketball hoop for my family. I was given this task because, well, I am the Dad, the alpha-male in our family if you will.
Unfortunately, I know very little about basketball, and even less about finding a great portable hoop. But, after about 40 hours scouring the web, and two purchases later – I found what I think is the best portable hoop!
These hoops speak to everyone’s inner athlete. You can channel Michael Jordan in your driveway, or wherever you decide to set it up…even if your best athletic talent involves a recliner and your favorite frosty beverage.
With that being said, I decided to write this review for everyone like me, who didn’t know there were a plethora of these delightful things available that can run the gambit price-wise, from just over a hundred dollars to several grand.
As I learned, research is key to finding the best portable basketball hoop.
Let’s start with a short product description: These basketball hoops are designed for people who do not want to mount a hoop on their property or just do not have the room to designate a space to a permanent basketball hoop.
This product would also be ideal for someone that would be interested in keeping a hoop in their driveway with the option of taking their game on the road, like a friendly pick-up game at a friend or family member’s house.
For this reason, the best portable basketball systems are easy to set up, take down, and set back up again.
Most of these hoops disassemble so that they can be moved even after they have been assembled.
These basketball hoops have a backboard that can range in size from 43 inches to 60 inches, depending on which model you chose.
Most of these hoops can be adjusted up and down, ranging in height from 6 foot for your little gamer, who wants “to be like Mike” all the way up to the NBA regulation of 10-foot-tall for your older gamers.
These hoops have a plastic or PVC ballast base that can be filled with sand or water and most have wheels on the base so that the hoop can be moved even after it is filled. (not like the in-ground, steel pole goals)
I hope that regardless of which one you choose, these wonderful products offer you endless hours of enjoyment while you spend time with your family and friends, and perhaps even get a little exercise while you enjoy them!
Below I offer a list of the best portable hoops, starting with the most economical, moving to the more luxurious models.
I decided to go about middle of the road where economical met luxury, and I am very happy with my decision as it allowed me to retain my alpha-male status.
1 The 13 Best Portable Basketball Hoops
- 1.1 Lifetime 1531 Portable Basketball System, 48 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
- 1.2 Spalding Pro Slam Portable NBA 54
- 1.3 Lifetime 54 Inch Acrylic Portable Basketball Hoop
- 1.4 Spalding NBA Hercules Portable Basketball Hoop - 54
- 1.5 Spalding NBA Hybrid Portable Basketball System - Acrylic Backboard
- 1.6 Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 44 Inch Backboard
- 1.7 Spalding NBA
- 1.8 First Team Portable Basketball System - Hurricane Triumph FL
- 1.9 Giantex 10ft 43'' Backboard In/outdoor Adjustable Height Basketball Hoop System
- 1.10 Silverback NXT Portable Basketball Hoop
- 1.11 Spalding NBA Hercules Vertical Pole Portable Basketball System - 52
- 1.12 Lifetime 51544 Front Court Portable Basketball System, 50 Inch Shatterproof Backboard
- 1.13 Franklin Sports Full Size Hard Court Portable Basketball System
What’s a Double-Double in Basketball?
A double-double refers to getting double figures (more than 10) in at least two of the main statistical categories (rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, points).
So, if you were to get 12 assists and 14 points, that would be a double-double. Most double-doubles occur with forwards and centers who get greater than 10 rebounds and greater than 10 points.
What Size Backboard Should I Get For a Driveway Hoop?
The quick answer is 48″. However, if you’re a hardcore baller and you have a big driveway, I’d definitely recommend upgrading to a 72″. You’ll pay a bit extra, but it feels so much more like real basketball when you can actually use the entire backboard.
How Long is a Basketball Game?
If you’re watching professional basketball, it’s 48 minutes (four quarters of 12 minutes each). If you’re watching a college game, it’s 40 minutes (two halfs of 20 minutes each).