Fun Facts

  • Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket). The object of the game is to get more points than the opposing team.

  • The sport of basketball was created by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891.

  • The first basketball hoops were made out of peach baskets.

  • The first backboards were made of wire.

  • The basketball court is the playing surface or floor. For indoor basketball, the court is usually made out of hardwood and highly polished. When playing outdoors, the court is often made out of asphalt or blacktop.

  • Basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936 at the Berlin Games.

  • The Boston Celtics have won more NBA championships than any other team (16).

  • The Chicago Bulls were in six NBA Finals, winning each one.

  • When Shaquille O'Neal was 13 years old, he was already 6'6".

  • In 1962, Wilt Chamberlain scored the most points out of any NBA player in a single game (100).

  • Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history standing at 53 tall.

  • The New York Knicks won the very first NBA game on November 1, 1946, beating the Toronto Huskies.

  • The University of Tennesee has had the most players in the WNBA (18).

  • The Houston Comets won four straight WNBA championships (1997-2000).

  • The shot clock is 24 seconds in both the WNBA and NBA.

  • A WNBA game is played in four 10-minute periods (while the NBA plays four 12-minute periods)

  • The three-point line is an arc of 23'9" from the middle of the basket in the NBA and an arc of 19'9" in the WNBA.

  • Margo Dydek is the tallest WNBA player at 72.