Spalding Pro Slam Basketball Hoop Review


spalding pro slamMain Features

  • 54in W x 32in H Steel Framed Acrylic Backboard with Authentic Steel Board Pad
  • Heavy-duty Pro Slam Breakaway Rim with White All-Weather Net
  • 3-Piece, 3.5-Inch Round Angled Pole
  • Exacta Height Lift Provides Height Adjustment from 7.5-10 Feet
  • 34-Gallon Capacity Base Fills with Sand or Water for Stability

Choosing the right portable basketball system can take time and research; you want a hoop that gives the most features for the price you can pay. There are many different brands and models that exist, and the process can become daunting when sorting through all the choices. That’s why we here at Best Outdoor Basketball have created our hoop wizard and our reviews to help you make the best choice in hoop for your lifestyle.

If you’re interested in a Spalding brand hoop, there are many to choose from; if your budget doesn’t quite meet that of The Beast, a great less expensive choice from the folks at Spalding is the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System. The Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball Hoop provides more features than other lower priced hoops without the price of The Beast or other high end hoops.


Features are numerous with the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System. It is a good hoop for those wanting a solid piece of equipment that can be used for a long time with various age ranges and abilities. Starting at the top, let’s look at the backboard. The Pro Slam Portable Basketball Hoop features a 3.5mm thick acrylic backboard, lined with a steel frame. The 54 inch wide area of the backboard allows for a great space to knock out a layup and a quality surface as well.

The acrylic material gives a good bounce coming off the backboard, and is superior to the polycarbonate backboards found on many portable hoops in the same price range. Players of all ages can benefit and use this backboard due to the size, as smaller backboards can have an impact on the quality of the hoop’s performance. The heavy duty acrylic is simple with minimal graphics, but allows for a great surface and simple look in your driveway.

There is also board padding running along the bottom of the backboard for protection when taking it to the hole. The Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System also comes with a Pro Slam breakaway rim, which can withstand some mild dunking; however we do not recommend rim hanging to make sure this hoop lasts for many years.

Moving down, the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System comes equipped with some great features on the pole. The Extra Height Lift system allows the hoop’s height to be adjusted from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6 inch increments, so the hoop can grow with you and those who use it and can be enjoyed by players of many ages and heights.

Finally, let’s look at the base of the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball System. The Pro Slam comes with a 34 gallon plastic base that can be filled with either water or sand for stability and durability throughout seasons of play. There don’t seem to be any issues with the base leaking, and the plastic wheels allow you to move the hoop once the base is empty to store for the winter or move to a different location. However, one issue with movement is the angled pole; it can cause moving the hoop to be difficult due to the angle of things and weight distritbution.

Assembly of the Spalding Pro Slam Portable Basketball system seems moderately difficult and a bit time consuming, given you have the correct tools prepared. However, once the hoop is together, most reviewers found it a quality hoop for their driveway or yard. Making sure to have an assistant to help you put the hoop together might allow for a smoother experience. The Spalding Pro Slam is indeed a quality, feature-filled hoop in a moderate price range; its newer counterpart is the Spaulding Hercules hoop, but at double the price, it may not be best for your wallet. The Pro Slam gives you a nice option in this moderate range for a good hoop that can last through game after game.

What We Like About This Hoop

  • 5 year limited warranty, 1 year on parts
  • Solid acrylic backboard with steel frame
  • Angled pole for stability and ease of play
  • Nice range of height with easy maneuverability
  • Lots of features for the price

What Would Make This Hoop Better

  • Easier assembly instructions would aide in the time consuming assembly process
  • More protection around the backboard
  • Higher quality wheels for easier movement

BOB Spalding Pro Slam Rating: (3.8 / 5)


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