How to draw a Basketball court

Basketball court

There are many possible reasons for wanting to draw a basketball court. Perhaps you want to polish your drawing abilities, perhaps you want to illustrate an offensive or defensive plan, or perhaps you just love basketball and everything it entails.

Whatever the case may be, we’ll walk you through the steps of drawing a basketball court in the section below.

Grab a piece of paper

Ideally, you should design a basketball court on a piece of paper that is rectangular in shape. A rectangular piece of paper will enable you to design the court and basketball rims more precisely because a basketball court is rectangular in shape.

Draw 2 rectangles

Start by outlining a rectangle on the paper that is about 1/4 inch from the edges. You can maintain crisp, straight lines by using a ruler.

Draw a second rectangle inside the first one. On the top and bottom of the paper, this rectangle should be closer to the first, but it should have more space on the right and left sides.

Draw half-court line

Draw a half-court line in the center of the second, smaller rectangle once more using a ruler. Use your ruler to accurately measure the length; it should be done exactly halfway across the smaller rectangle.

Quarter Lines and Hoop Placements

Once the half-court line has been defined and marked, use the ruler to measure a quarter of the distance on both sides. Simply extend a short line from the larger rectangle onto the court, going just a little past the smaller one.

In addition to both halves past the half-court line, do this on both sides of the floor.

Next, mark a second line at the center of the smaller rectangle’s right and left sides. This vertical line should indicate where the basketball hoop is located. Remember that this line needs to line up on both sides and be exactly in the center of the right and left sides.

Hoop and Tipoff Circle

Draw a triangle very easily, coming off the line you made earlier, on both the right and left sides. The triangle here is a representation of the basketball hoop. Now, everything ought to be coming together.


Similarly, mark the tipoff circle by drawing a small circle at the halfway point of the half-court line. The first tipoff of the ball between opposing players and teams happens here on the court.

Free Throw Lane and Outer Tipoff Circle

It’s easy to draw the free-throw lanes. Carefully draw an equal-length rectangle between the basketball hoops on either side. The rectangle should be even and centered on the right and left sides, and it should protrude from the hoop by about 1-2 inches.

Draw a larger circle directly in the center of the court after that. This should be bigger and bigger than the original tipoff circle. It should be distributed equally to both halves of the court as well.

Three-Point Lines

Create a semi-circle past the free-throw line starting from the base of the right- and left-hand sides, where the hoop is located. This will serve as the three-point line and should extend slightly beyond the free-throw line. To ensure that the distances are identical on both sides, make sure to do this for both sides of the court and keep track of the distances.

Finally, the Free Throw Lane and Hoops

Draw a circle that extends into the free-throw area and connects the rectangle free-throw lane to the three-point line to finish the free-throw lane. This should be completed on both sides of the court, and both sides should be the same height.

Draw a little circle in the center of the triangle on the basketball hoops, which is the final and maybe easiest step. This circle should be large enough to encompass the entire triangle without being too big to serve as the hoop.

Elijah Brown
6'4 Former High School Basketball Player. Love the gym Sand and Beaches is where you find me in my free time! BLM!

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