In basketball, is one allowed to purposefully get the ball out-of-bounds off an opponent?

Imagine the scenario of “accidentally” dribbling the ball into an opponent’s foot, and the ball gets kicked out of bounds. Or, in an even more extreme case, “passing” (or throwing) the ball out of bounds while barely grazing an opponent. In the most extreme case, I toss the ball into an opponent’s head, and it flies out of bounds.

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These could result in an out-of-bounds by the opposing team, allowing one to reset the shot clock, for example.

This is an incorrect assumption. The defensive team would have to gain possession to reset the shot clock. Deflecting the ball out-of-bounds would not do it. So the tactic is only useful in a case where you might otherwise lose possession (such as about to fall out of bounds). It is allowed, but you would lose time handling the ball and have to risk a throw-in.

Rule 7, Section IV, b

b. The shot clock is never reset on the following:

  1. Defensive player is the last to touch the ball before going out-of-bounds….

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