If you are looking to buy a basketball hoop, the first decision involves which type suits you best. The three primary types include portable, in-ground, and wall-mounted. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages.
The portable models are ideal for those who want nothing to do with installing a hoop in the ground using cement. The other main benefit of course is that you can move it around when necessary. For instance, let's say you live in an area where it gets cold in the winter. You probably will not be playing much basketball outdoors during that time. With a portable hoop, you can store it in the garage for the time being so it's out of the way and protected from the elements.
Sometimes, being able to move a hoop to a different spot is necessary depending on the layout of your property. Maybe you live in a court, where you can move the hoop out on the street so you have more room. These are just some of the advantages to having a portable hoop.
What's the downside? Mainly, it's that they are not as stable as in-ground or wall-mounted models.
In-ground basketball hoops are considered to be the most ideal of the three. Without you buy a really expensive portable hoop, the in-ground model is going to provide the most realistic look and play of the three. For those who are basketball purists, this is the hoop that will provide the most satisfaction.
Because it's cemented into the ground, it will allow for a more rigid backboard and have more bounce. They are also more sturdy and durable compared to portable hoops. Because they do not have a base, they have a smaller footprint as well.
The downside of course is that it's permanent and it requires cement installation, which will require some time and effort.
Like the in-ground, the wall mounted hoop is also very stable. The biggest ever is the fact that it takes up no space at all on your driveway. It really does not get in the way at all. If you do not have enough room on your driveway for a portable or in-ground, this is a good option. Another advantage is that the installation and removal process is pretty easy.
The downside is that it does not allow for realistic play considering there is no space behind the basket, unless you extend it out several feet. There also might not be an ideal spot for it to go, even if you have a garage.