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In the NBA, does the 24 second shot clock reset if the ball hits only the backboard?

Question #120295. Asked by serpa.
Last updated Apr 20 2023.
Originally posted Feb 10 2011 12:20 AM.

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The shot clock was first introduced by the NBA in 1954, to increase the speed of play. Teams were then required to attempt a shot within 24 seconds of gaining possession, and the shot clock would be reset when the ball touched the basket's rim or the backboard, or the opponents gained possession.


It requires an "attempted shot." Hitting the backboard for some other reason, like an errant pass, would not count.

Feb 10 2011, 1:50 AM
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Answer has 7 votes.

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"The clock is reset anytime the following occurs: illegal defense violation, personal foul, fighting foul, kicked ball, punched ball, ball hits the rim of the team which is in possession." It has to hit the rim, not the backboard. no longer exists

NBA Rulebook Rule #7, Section IIc:
A team must attempt a field goal within 24 seconds after gaining possession of the ball. To constitute a legal field goal attempt, the following conditions must be complied with:
(1) The ball must leave the player's hand prior to the expiration of 24 seconds.
(2) After leaving the player's hand(s), the ball must make contact with the basket ring.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Apr 20 2023.
Feb 10 2011, 1:37 PM
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star_gazer, the rule regarding the backboard was changed in 2000 in International Basketball and in 2003 in the NBA to require the shot to hit the basket rim.

Source: same as yours, just a few sentences later.

Feb 10 2011, 1:40 PM
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