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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?"
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57 30
NBA 2K11 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K11 2010

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49 26
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam Oct 05 2010

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38 22
NBA 2K13 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K13 2012

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39 23
NBA Jam Tournament Edition is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
AlSartwell added NBA Jam Tournament Edition 1994

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28 15
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 Apr 28 2003

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35 22
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam 1993

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20 8
NBA 2K15 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
-46 added NBA 2K15

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31 20
NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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31 22
NBA Hangtime is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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26 25
NBA 2K9 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K9 2008

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20 18
College Slam is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
College Slam Jan 01 1996

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21 20
Arch Rivals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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16 16
Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added Double Dribble 1986

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5 3
NBA 2K is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K Nov 10 1999

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14 14
NBA 2K10 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K10 2009

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19 21
Tecmo NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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17 19
NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam Sep 23 2003

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7 7
College Hoops 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added College Hoops 2K8 Nov 05 2007

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22 26
Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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6 6
NBA Live 96 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added NBA Live 96 1995

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6 6
Lakers versus Celtics and the ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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25 30
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Basketball Jan 01 1978

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28 34
One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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10 13
NBA Live 98 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added NBA Live 98

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16 21
Run and Gun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Run and Gun 1993

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3 5
Ncaa March Madness 2000 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Ncaa March Madness 2000

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20 28
NBA Ballers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Ballers Apr 05 2004

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4 7
Barkley Shut Up and Jam! is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added Barkley Shut Up and Jam! 1993

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3 6
Magic Johnson's Fast Break is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Magic Johnson's Fast Break

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NBA Live 10 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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15 23
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Space Jam 1995

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9 15
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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20 30
NBA Ballers: Rebound is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Ballers: Rebound May 09 2006

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8 14
NCAA College Basketball 2K3 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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8 14
ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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10 17
ESPN College Hoops is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
ESPN College Hoops Nov 26 2003

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9 16
NBA Hoopz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Hoopz 2001

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9 16
College Hoops 2K7 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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1 5
NCAA March Madness 2001 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NCAA March Madness 2001 2000

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1 5
Coach K College Basketball is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added Coach K College Basketball

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8 15
NBA 2K6 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K6 2005

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15 25
NBA Live 08 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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7 15
NBA Jam 99 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA Jam 99 Jan 01 1998

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7 15
March Madness '98 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
March Madness '98 Feb 28 1998

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7 15
NBA Showdown is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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7 15
ESPN NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
ESPN NBA Basketball Oct 21 2003

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4 11
NBA Street V3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street V3 2005

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4 11
NBA 2K7 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K7 2006

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4 11
NBA 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NBA 2K8 2007

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6 14
NCAA: Road to the Final Four is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
NCAA: Road to the Final Four