How to Draw a Basketball Hoop

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Basketball is an iconic American sport. Its legendary players, such as Michael Jordan and LeBron James, are considered heroes. It is the only sport to date whose origins lie solely in America.

How did basketball begin? It was a rainy day in 1891. James Naismith was teaching a P.E. class at a YMCA school in Massachusetts. Stuck inside, what was his class to do? With a soccer ball and two half-bushel peach baskets, Naismith invented the game we now call basketball.

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School football teams helped popularize the sport; when the weather was too cold to practice outside, they would go inside and play basketball.

Did you know? Early basketball baskets had bottoms, so each time points were scored, the ball had to be retrieved from the basket. Later, the bottom of the basket was removed, but the balls were too large to fall through. Instead, a long pole was used to propel the ball out the top of the basket.

Actual baskets were used until 1906, when the metal rim and backboard was introduced. The backboard also prevented fans with balcony seats from interfering with the shots, and allowed for rebounds.

From its humble roots, basketball has now spread across the world. Not only do professional teams exist in many countries, but public parks often sport outdoor basketball courts.

Recreational basketball goals can be seen outside homes and on neighborhood streets. This half-court version of the game is often called “streetball.” Other spin-offs of the game, including a beach version that allows carrying of the ball, have been invented.

Would you like to draw a basketball goal? Doing so is easier than ever with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Baseball Bat, Baseball Cap, and Basketball Player.

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​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Basketball Hoop

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing a flattened oval. Then, draw a smaller oval inside the first. This forms the rim of the basketball hoop.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 2

2. Extend two straight lines horizontally from one side of the rim. The top line should be longer than the other. Then, extend lines downward from the ends of these lines. Connect them at the bottom using a straight line. This connects the rim to the backboard.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 3

3. Draw a curved line downward from one side of the rim. This begins the outline of the net.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line extending downward from the other side of the rim. Connect the lines at the bottom using a wavy, irregular line. Then, draw diagonal parallel lines across the net. Follow these by parallel lines on the opposite diagonal. The result will be a crosshatching or checkerboard pattern that indicates the strings of the net.

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How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 5

5. Draw perpendicular diagonal lines in the inner oval of the hoop, indicating the opposite side of the net.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 6

6. Draw a circle overlapping the bottom of the net. This will become the basketball.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 7

7. Draw a curved line across the basketball. Perpendicular to this line, draw three additional curved lines. These are the seams of the basketball.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 8

8. Draw a four-sided shape using four straight lines. The extension from the rim should be in the center of this shape. This is the basketball goal’s backboard.

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How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 9

9. Draw a smaller four-sided shape within the first. Extend a pair of straight lines from the rim to the point that it attaches to the backboard, giving the rim additional support.

How to Draw Basketball Hoop: Step 10

Swish! That was nothing but net. Check out our people drawing guides for tips on how to assemble your team.

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