What 20th-century decade saw the NBA adopt the 24-second shot clock?


A shot clock is used in basketball to quicken the pace of the game. The shot clock times a play and provides that a team on offense that does not promptly try to score points loses possession of the ball. It is distinct from the game clock, which times the entire game. The shot clock may be referred to by its initial value. For example, in the National Basketball Association (NBA), it may be called the “24-second clock”.

The NBA has had a 24-second limit since 1954. FIBA introduced a 30-second shot clock in 1956 and switched to 24 seconds in 2000. The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) had a 30-second clock originally and switched to 24 seconds in 2006. College basketball has had a 30-second shot clock since the 1970-71 season for women and the 2015-16 season for men. (Men’s collegiate basketball had a 45-second shot clock beginning in the 1985–86 season before being reduced to 35 seconds for the 1993–94 season and 30 seconds beginning in the 2015–16 season).


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