Also known as a "throw in", this is a throw from outside the playing area in an effort to pass to a teammate on the court. Inbound passes can occur for several reasons, such as the ball going out of bounds, after a basket is scored, or any other stoppage in play. The inbound passer has 5 seconds to release the ball otherwise they are assessed a violation and the opponent gets awarded possession.
There are several strategies and set-plays for inbound pass situations. The inbound passer cannot run or move from the spot they've been given the ball by the official. Defensive players trying to block the inbound pass cannot reach out of bounds or touch the ball until it has entered the court.