He used four criteria for judging a court, including:
“Size: Every basket on a court was worth three points, though an extra point was given to a court that had two baskets on a full court. (Some courts had only half-courts, usually lined up side-by-side.)
Playing-surface quality: The playing surface was evaluated on levelness, slipperiness and the visibility of paint.
Baskets: Are the rims crooked or rickety? The few courts that had a New York City rarity – nets – got extra points.
Ambience: This was the most subjective category. I tried to answer the question: Is the court in a nice park? The otherwise worn-down Manhattan Beach Park courts, for instance, earned top ambience marks for sitting just yards from the sand and sea.”
Each category had a maximum score of 25, and only one court scored a perfect 100 and that is the popular Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier 2) court and the word being Bath Playground / Bath Beach with a score of 17.