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I understand there would be no advantage to do so but was just wondering if it's allowed. Also has it ever happened?

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    Just out of curiosity why was my question down voted? – Achaldo Nov 12 '14 at 14:41
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    Not personally opined, but this may shed some insight. – user527 Nov 13 '14 at 14:24
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    I would suspect it's because this happens all the time, so it's an odd question to ask the way you did. Almost any NBA game will involve at least one free throw shot going in off the backboard. Are you perhaps meaning something else, like going off the edge of the board or something like that? – Joe Nov 13 '14 at 15:08
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Yes it's allowed, and yes it happens. Here's an example.

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Can you make a free throw off the backboard? I understand there would be no advantage to do so but was just wondering if it's allowed.

Yes.

Also has it ever happened?

Yes.


Rule 5 - Section I - a of the NBA rule book states:

A legal field goal or free throw attempt shall be scored when a ball from the playing area enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through the net

Rule 4 - Section I - c states:

Five sides of the backboard (front, two sides, bottom and top) are considered in play when contacted by the basketball. The back of the backboard and the area directly behind it are out-of-bounds.

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