24-second shot clock: Has the NBA ever considered reducing it?

24 seconds is already a pretty short amount of time to get the ball down the court, and also set up a play, and execute that play. In college they are given 35 seconds, which I would agree seems to be too long as there is too many times an offense isn't punished by good defense. Talks of reducing the shot clock in the NCAA have occurred.

Nicholas V.Apr 27 '14 at 19:04 At some point, reducing the shot clock too far would actually make the game take longer due to more violations. 24 seconds was calculated to optimize for 60 shots per team.

Steve JacksonApr 28 '14 at 10:11 @SteveJackson "24 seconds was calculated to optimize for 60 shots per team." Any reference to this would be an interesting read. I, for one, was not aware of such.

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I can't confirm 100% but my best guess is no. First of all, it'd be tough to find 10 players who could all start on one team, and that a team would also be able to afford. The best example of someone doing something like this is the Greg Popovich coached Spurs, as on multiple occasions they will bench Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Tim Duncan, along with others for the back end of back to back games, as a part of keeping them rested and healthy.

Another thing that would be tough in this situation is the roster size of an NBA team. You can currently have 12 active players for any given game, so if you had an entirely new starting 5 for the 2nd game of a back to back, you'd only have 7 total players you'd be able to play, unless you played some of the starters that are "resting", which would kind of defeat the purpose of resting them, and not just starting them in the first place.

Normally, when a team is going to play a back to back series, they will try and play...

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Professional basketball was struggling in the early 1950s, and one look at what was taking place on the court explained why. The game was dull, all too often played at a snail’s pace with one team opening up a lead and freezing the ball until time ran out. The only thing the trailing team could do was foul, thus games became rough, ragged, free throw-shooting contests.

“That was the way the game was played — get a lead and put the ball in the icebox,” said Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics, one of the game’s best ballhandling guards. “Teams literally started sitting on the ball in the third quarter. Coaches are conservative by nature, and it didn’t make much sense to play a wide-open game. We’d get a lead, and you’d see good ol’ No. 14 doing his tricks out there.”

If not Cousy, who was “good ol’ No. 14,” then it would be one of the other premier guards of that era like Dick McGuire, Slater Martin, Bob Davies or Andy Phillip, who would dribble until they were...

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On a cold, late November Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crowd of 7,021 arrived to the Minneapolis Auditorium to watch an NBA game between the Fort Wayne Pistons and the Minneapolis Lakers. This was a new experience for many of the fans in the stands. The NBA had formed due to a merger between rival leagues, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the National Basketball League (NBL), less than 16 months before. The new league was still trying to find its footing. Each game represented a chance to win – and lose – fans. This matchup boasted some of the brightest basketball stars of the day – most prominent of all, the great George Mikan.

A basketball prodigy since his college days at DePaul in Chicago, he joined the Lakers in 1947 and dominated games right from the start. At six foot ten, Mikan’s rebounding, shot blocking, and killer hook shoot elevated him to becoming the signature player of the new NBA. Along with Mikan, six foot seven future Hall of Famer...

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Why the NBA uses a 24-second shot clock to limit a team's possession of the ball.

Origins: To most fans of the major professional team sports in the U.S. (i.e., baseball, football, basketball), the competitions they follow have pretty much always been the same as they are now. Over the years the strategies have changed, the equipment has gotten better, the athletes have become bigger,

stronger, and faster, and the leagues have tinkered with the rules a bit now and then (generally to maintain fan interest by increasing scoring), but the basic conditions and rules under which the games are contested were established long ago (baseball in the

19th century,

and football and basketball in the first half of the

20th century).

One of these sports has changed considerably within the lifetime of its older fan base, however. The NBA (formed in 1949 from two earlier professional basketball leagues, the National Basketball Association and the Basketball...

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A shot clock is used in some sports to quicken the pace of the game. It is normally associated with basketball, but is also used in snooker, pro lacrosse, water polo, korfball, and ten-pin bowling. It is analogous with the play clock used in American and Canadian football.

In basketball, the shot clock is a timer designed to increase the game's pace (and scoring levels).[1] The offensive team must attempt a field goal with the ball leaving the player's hand before the shot clock expires and either touching the rim or entering the basket. If the offensive team fails to register a field goal attempt within the time limit, they are assessed a violation resulting in a turnover to their opponents; if the ball hits or enters the rim after the clock expires, it is not a violation so long as it left the player's hand before expiration. The maximum time limit of the shot clock varies by level of play and league: The National Basketball Association has had a 24-second limit since...

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Posted Jan 31 2001 12:00AM

Section I-Definition For the purpose of clarification the 24-second device shall be referred to as "the 24-second clock."
Section II-Starting and Stopping of 24-Second Clock
a. The 24-second clock will start when a team gains new possession of a ball which is in play.
b. On a throw-in, the 24-second clock shall start when the ball is legally touched on the court by a player.
c. 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.
d. A team is considered in possession of the ball when holding, passing or dribbling. The team is considered in possession of the ball even though...

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That 3…2…1 on a 24-second shot clock never looked better than this. On Thursday, the NBA announced that it has tabbed Tissot for a sleeker and more efficient shot clock, which will debut during Summer League action Friday, before being integrated into all 29 arenas for the tip-off of the 2016-17 season.

The new shot clock uses innovative LED glass technology. In fact, it almost looks like a blown-up version of a smartphone screen, with the technology to boot. Wired reports that the new shot clock could even accept firmware updates. Nice.

Besides looking a hell of a lot better than the clunky shot clock the league used for years, Tissot made the league’s new timepiece a lot more efficient on several fronts.

For starters, it’s free of cables and conductors and nearly transparent when in use, integrating the 24-second, timeout and game clocks all in one piece a hardware — a first for the NBA. As the clock ticks down from 24, the transition between numbers are...

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Take a look back at some of the rules changes that have taken place over the years.

(Changes/clarifications implemented prior to season, except where noted)

Initial Rules
• 60-game schedule followed by championship playoffs involving the top three teams in each division.
• Games are 48 minutes long.
• Players are allowed six personal fouls.
• Every time you scored, the other team is given possession of the ball.
• Zone defenses are allowed.

• Zone defenses outlawed on January 11, 1947.

• Player fouls allowed per game increased from five to six.
• Maximum roster size reduced from 12 to 10 players per team.

• After a free throw is made in the last three minutes, there is a jump ball (between the player who committed the foul and the player fouled) instead of possession for the team that committed the foul.
To eliminate deliberate fouling and...

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A Chronological Look at the Major Refinements

Dr. Naismith, with all of his imaginative planning, could not have dreamed his "Peach Basket" game would develop into the world's greatest indoor sport. Although the original 13 rules have been expanded to over 100, the spirit and principles of the original rules are still in effect in today. Major rule changes over the years addressed the number of players, the court boundaries, dribbling, and the elimination of the center jump after made baskets. In the mid 1930's inter-sectional competition led to a standardization of rules throughout the country.

Team Size

Originally, there was no set rule on the number of players. The idea was that the game could be played by any number of players. However, that did not work out. After experimenting with teams up to 50 players, early games were primarily played by nine players on each side - the reason being that 18 students showed up for...

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As a college hoops superfan, I'll watch the NIT, and even the CIT and CBI given the chance. I've even attended two CIT title games. But the reality is that there's little at stake in these events other than the chance for participating teams to play more basketball and for me to watch more basketball. However, I was particularly excited about this season's smaller tournaments, or least the data generated by them.

In early February it was announced that all NIT games would use a 30-second shot clock and an NBA-sized restricted area, and the CBI and CIT eventually announced that they would do the same. These rules are the most likely solutions to be implemented next season in an effort to reverse the trend of reduced scoring at the college level. With only a few games left in each tournament, we can get some idea of how these changes might affect the sport.

This exercise is not quite as simple as comparing stats from the NCAA tournament to stats from the other three...

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Men's basketball is likely heading toward reducing its shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd told ESPN.com on Monday.

Byrd, the coach at Belmont, said a year ago that there was a 5 percent chance of the change happening, but he changed his tone Monday.

"Now there's a real decent chance," Byrd said. "It's pretty evident a lot more coaches are leaning that way. The opinion of coaches on the shot clock has moved significantly to reducing it from 35 to 30. And all indicators are pointing toward that."

The rules committee will meet May 12-15 in Indianapolis and review all the data and surveys on the matter from this past season. The NIT, CBI and CIT postseason tournaments all experimented with the 30-second shot clock this past March. The rules committee can change rules every odd year.

"I think it's fair to say the buzz about the game is that scoring in the 50s can be ugly," Byrd said. "There's a lot of talk about it --...

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In sports, running out the clock (also known as stonewalling, killing the clock, chewing the clock, stalling, or eating clock[1]) refers to the practice of a winning team allowing the clock to expire through a series of pre-selected plays, either to preserve a lead or hasten the end of a one-sided contest. Generally, it is the opposite strategy of running up the score. Most leagues take steps to prevent teams from doing this, the most common measure being a time limit for completing a play, such as a play clock or shot clock.

In American football, a 15-minute (in many high school football codes and the German Football League, 12-minute) game clock is used in each quarter of a game. A team in possession of the lead and the ball will attempt to use up as much of the game clock as possible in order to bring the game to an end more quickly, thus denying the opposition another chance on offense.

Typically, the leading team will execute a series of simple rushing plays (the...

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