Total Nerd The Best Basketball Games of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best video games in the basketball genre.

This is a list of the best basketball games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated basketball games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest basketball games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these basketball games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging basketball games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new basketball games.

List is made up of games like NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best basketball games?" and "What is the greatest basketball game of all time?"
list ordered by

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85 42
NBA 2K11 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K11 2010

2
68 33
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam 2010

3
55 33
NBA 2K13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K13 2012

4
45 25
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam 1993

5
40 22
NBA Street Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street Vol. 2 2003

6
33 17
NBA 2K15 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
-46 added NBA 2K15

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46 30
NBA Jam Tournament Edition is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
AlSartwell added NBA Jam Tournament Edition 1994

8
39 25
NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

9
35 27
NBA Hangtime is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

10
25 17
NBA 2K10 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K10 2009

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17 10
College Hoops 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added College Hoops 2K8 Nov 05 2007

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11 4
NBA 2K is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K Nov 10 1999

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23 23
College Slam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

14
28 31
NBA 2K9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K9 2008

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23 25
Arch Rivals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

16
22 24
Tecmo NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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25 28
Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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9 8
NBA Live 96 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added NBA Live 96 1995

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19 22
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam Sep 23 2003

20
8 8
Ncaa March Madness 2000 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Ncaa March Madness 2000

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18 21
Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added Double Dribble 1986

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24 29
NBA Ballers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

23
25 31
NBA Ballers: Rebound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

24
28 37
One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bi... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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13 17
NCAA College Basketball 2K3 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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8 11
NBA Street V3 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street V3 2005

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28 38
NBA Live 10 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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6 9
Lakers versus Celtics and the ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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25 35
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Basketball Jan 01 1978

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11 16
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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17 25
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Space Jam 1995

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16 24
Run and Gun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Run and Gun Jul 20 1993

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10 16
NBA Live 98 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added NBA Live 98

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10 16
ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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9 15
NBA 2K2 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K2 2002

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6 11
NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street 2001

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10 17
NBA Showdown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Showdown Jan 01 1993

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10 17
ESPN NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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7 13
NBA 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K8 2007

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11 19
ESPN College Hoops is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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18 29
NBA Live 08 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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10 18
NBA Hoopz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Hoopz Jan 01 2001

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3 8
Coach K College Basketball is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added Coach K College Basketball

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5 11
NBA Street Homecourt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street Homecourt

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11 20
NBA Ballers: Phenom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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4 10
Barkley Shut Up and Jam! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added Barkley Shut Up and Jam! 1993

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10 19
College Hoops 2K7 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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3 9
Magic Johnson's Fast Break is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Magic Johnson's Fast Break

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6 14
NBA Ballers: Chosen One is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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8 17
NBA Jam 99 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam 99 1998