Spalding NBA 54 Angled Pole Backboard System Review

Spalding NBA 54 angled pole backboard system is the second large one you can find apart from 60 inch. The wide and square backboard offer more chances of giving bank shots.

For basketball players, what you concern about is of course the rebounding effects, quality level, stability and the most importantly, price. If all of the aspects are fulfilled, then you may need to get “The Beast”, for it is the very best one in whole portable basketball system.

But if you want a cost effective one with less performance, this 66291 pro slam one can be a good choice. With price around $300, it still has brilliant quality level and performance.

If you want one with many excellent features and meanwhile be quite friendly with your wallet, then please go on reading our Spalding NBA 54 angled pole backboard system review as follow:

Spalding 66291 Pro Slam Portable Basketball System 

The biggest feature of this Spalding NBA 54 angled pole backboard system is its highly cost effective. We all know that acrylic is a pretty good material except tempered glass in backboard. With such price of around $300, you may only possible to get a polycarbonate portable basketball hoop. But this one, has many other additional features, so all of these are the very reason why you should get it.

spalding 54 inch angled portable basketball system
spalding 54 angled portable basketball system



Backboard Size54 inch
Backboard MaterialAcrylic
Height7.5-10 feet
RimPro Slam breakaway rim
Base34 gallons

  • Backboard

54 inch backboard gives you more chances to get bank shots and allow for more layup. What’s importantly most is its acrylic backboard, though not as good as tempered glass, it is still the perfect one for middle leveled players. It provides better rebounding effects and wiggles far less than polycarbonate type.

Its 3.5 mm thick steel frame helps protect backboard. From the appearance we can see, only few graphic is printed on it, (and the only graphic is NBA mark, who doesn’t want one?) it provides better sights on your driveway in playing and also gives the feel and look of professional glass.

  • Rim

The heavy duty pro slam breakaway rim is featured on the hoop, the springs help protect hoop on flying dunks. But for long time use, the spring is easily get sag once you dunk frequently.

Therefore, we do not suggest it as hoop for dunk practice. By the way, once spring gets sag, remember to change a new one that fits hoop for stability and safety.

Orange rim inherits conventional basketball hoops, what connects along is white all weathered nylon net, even for long time use, it is still strong as usual.

spalding 54 angled portable backboard
spalding 54 angled portable basketball system
  • Pole

From the price you may guess out it is the 3 piece pole adopted, but the typical feature of it is 3.5 inch round angled pole. Compared with straight types, angled pole is more excellent in stability and ease of play. But it also adds the difficulty on installation, make sure there are someone helping in assembling.

  • Base

If you want a space saver type, you may need a in ground type or wall mounted type. The portable backboard system can be quite large in base when compared with its counterparts. However, it saves the trouble of fixing it with cement, and is movable.

Either water or sand can be filled in for stability, the filing hole is a bit small, making filling a time killer task. The capacity of base is 34 gallons, quite a large one. Therefore, it shakes or wiggles less in playing.

If living somewhere cold, remember to add anti freeze within water, or you can just fill in with sand.

Two wheels on the base are used to move around. It can be quite awkward for moving because of its large capacity, but what makes things worse is its angled design, it becomes an interruptions in moving. So you may need someone to help.

  • Height

It provides height adjustment mechanism that ranges from 7.5 to 10 feet. Along with different ages and vertical levels, you can increase it up in 6 inch increments. The height adjustment design makes it possible to suit both kids and adults use at home.

  • Assembling

According to the buyers reviews, the assembling of it is not an easy task, because none of the hardware is labeled. But I believe Spalding will solve the problem. The assembling time takes about 6 hours, also, it is not an individual job, get someone to help you with it in doing it.

Main Features:

  1. 54in W x 32in H x 3.5mm thick steel framed acrylic backboard lined with a steel frame
  2. Heavy-duty Pro Slam Breakaway Rim with White All-Weather Net
  3. 3-Piece, 3.5-Inch Round Angled Pole
  4. Height adjustment from 7.5-10 Feet in 6-Inch Increments
  5. 34Gallon Capacity Base Fills with Sand or Water for Stability
  6. Angled pole for stability and ease of play

What We Like About It:

  1. Excellent quality
  2. Heavy duty, stable
  3. Portable and height adjustable
  4. Easy to raise

What Needs To Be Improved:

  1. None of the hardware is labeled
  2. Difficult moving because of the angled
  3. Takes about 6 hours on assembling

There are of course some cons that needs improving on Spalding NBA 54 angled pole backboard system, but as a cheap portable basketball hoop with such delicate design and multiple features, it is really worth or even far reach the price.

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