The sun is out and here to stay in much of the great USA. Going outside and shooting hoops is a popular way to spend time out in the spring and summer months, which is why we fully loaded our basketball hoop lineup for you this season. If you are looking for a driveway basketball hoop, SportsUnlimited.com is your home to find the perfect basketball system for your needs. And it’s never been easier with our fully updated Basketball Hoop Comparison Chart, where you can find the systems organized by type and size in a straightforward manner.
We’ve compiled a ranking of the top residential adjustable basketball hoops for the current season. The rankings are completely subjective, and are compiled incorporating price, quality, and value of the basketball hoop. Without further ado, the top driveway basketball hoops are:
1. Spalding Arena View 88724AGP In-Ground Adjustable Basketball Hoop – $2499 + Free Shipping
The Spalding Arena View 88724AGP is the baddest of the bunch. It has an absolutely massive 8″ square steel pole made of 3/16″ steel, giving it supreme rigidity, or stability, which is the truest measure in quality for basketball systems. The Arena View has a 42″ x 72″ heavy-duty tempered glass backboard that measures 1/2″ thick, providing superior reboundability (new word) that trumps any other backboard material on the market. A 180 degree flex action breakaway rim and stadium style pole pad finish the touch on this beast, while an official four-foot regulation offset allows you to play under-the basket and reduces the risk of injury from running into the pole. Adjusting the behemoth has never been easier, as an ergonomically designed U-Turn Pro system allows you to easily adjust the system from 7′ to regulation 10′ heights. It’s supported by a bolt down anchor system, rather than a concrete in-ground bury, meaning if you end up moving, you can remove the system and take it with you. If you’re looking for the best basketball hoop for your driveway, this Spalding Arena View Basketball Hoop is the end-all be-all system for you.
2. Triple Threat TPT554-LG Adjustable Basketball Hoop – $1299 + Free Shipping
The Triple Threat TPT554-LG Basketball Hoop is, quite frankly, the new kid on the block. It’s supported by a 5″ square post, and just like the Spalding Arena View, it is supported by a bolt down anchor base system rather than a concrete burial. The TPT554-LG has a 36″ x 60″ Tempered Glass backboard that is 1/2″ thick, and a spring aided crank makes it simple to adjust the hoop from 10 feet all the way down to 5 feet! The system comes with a free post pad and backboard pad, and has an offset of 48″ between the backboard and the pole, enhancing the safety of the hoop and reducing injury.
UPDATE (5-17-2011): The Triple Threat TPT554-LG is currently sold out.
3. Goalrilla GS II Adjustable Basketball Hoop – $1499 + Free Shipping
The Goalrilla GS II Basketball Hoop is a mega-popular, best-selling basketball system from the highly recognized Goalrilla Basketball brand. The GS II has a 6″ x 6″ one-piece pole, providing exceptional rigidity, so it won’t shake when you shoot. It features a 38″ x 60″ tempered glass backboard that measures 3/8″ thick, which is not quite as thick as the Spalding Arena View or the Triple Threat TPT554LG, yet it is still a high quality backboard. A Breakaway Heavy Flex Rim allows you to play aggressively without fear of damaging the rim, as the breakaway design reduces pressure on the backboard when pulled down, hence the “breakaway” designation. Again, adjusting the system is very simple, thanks to the All-Steel Actuator which allows you to adjust the system with ease. Broomsticks need not apply.
4. Tie – Bison Atlantis Adjustable Basketball Hoop/Bison Smoked Atlantis Adjustable Basketball Hoop – $999 + Free Shipping
Just to clear things up, the Bison Atlantis and the Bison Smoked Atlantis Basketball Hoops are the same exact systems, with the only difference being the “Smoked” backboard on the Smoked Atlantis system. The “smoked” glass is tinted, offering a modern look while reducing the glare from the sun. Other than that, the two hoops are exactly the same. The Bison Atlantis Basketball Hoop is an affordable, quality basketball system perfect for many driveways across the nation. The Atlantis has a 4″ x 4″ 1-piece pole that has 0.12″ walls, providing ample rigidity, yet not quite as much as the previously mentioned systems. It features a 36″ x 54″ Clear TruGlass Backboard (Bison’s version of the tempered glass backboard), and the QwikLift System allows for infinite adjustment from 7.5′ up to 10′, meaning if you want the hoop to be set at 9’3″, have at it hoss. Finding the ideal height is a reality with the Atlantis Hoop from Bison. The Atlantis also has a 36″ safety setback distance (aka offset), and comes with the often overlooked free fitted post pad. All in all, a great value for many households.
5. Spalding Triple Eight Series 88830G 60″ Glass Basketball System – $1499 + Free Shipping
And last, but certainly not least, is the Spalding Triple Eight 88830G Basketball Hoop. This Spalding Triple Eight Basketball System has a 38″ x 60″ glass backboard that measures 3/8″ thick, and even has a one-piece, 6″ square pole for supreme rigidity. It has the U-Turn Pro Lift System for easy height adjustments, and it comes with a heavy-duty post pad that will significantly reduce the risk of injury for players under the basket. Speaking of under the basket, this Triple Eight Hoop has a 3 foot offset, providing plenty of room for under the basket play. An NBA logo on the pad finishes off the look, giving it that “official” touch. This is a great system for those looking for the Spalding System without breaking the bank.