Radius of a Basketball Rim

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The standard basketball rim used by NBA professionals, university and senior high players has an 18-inch inside diameter, giving it a radius of 9 inches. Rim measurements in international competitions are slightly different.

International Rims

The International Basketball Federation official rules specify that the rim has a minimum inside diameter of 450 millimeters and a maximum of 459 millimeters. This approximates to 17.7 to 18 inches, in which case the rim radius is about the same as the NBA standard 9-inch radius. The rules for ball circumference allow for a minimum of 29.4 inches and maximum of 30.7 inches.

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