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The Best Basketball Games of All Time

List RulesVote 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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    NBA 2K11

    Oct 05 2010
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K11 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 5, 2010 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP,  ...more
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    DeveloperMidway Games

    NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game published and developed by Midway in 1993. It is the first entry in the NBA Jam series. The main designer and programmer for this game was Mark Turmell. Midway had  ...more
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    #1167 of 2,039 Sony PlayStation 2 Games: List of PS2 Console Games#122 of 172 The Best Video Game Franchises of All Time#39 of 116 The Best Classic Arcade Games

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    flipkickflip addedApr 28 2003
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    DeveloperEA Canada

    NBA Street Vol. 2 is the sequel to NBA Street. It was released in 2003 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube, and for the first time in the series, on the Xbox. Japan was only able to see a PlayStation 2  ...more
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    Oct 05 2010
    107
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    DeveloperEA Canada

    NBA Jam is a basketball video game developed by EA Canada and published by EA Sports. It is the latest installment in the NBA Jam video game franchise and it was released on October 5, 2010. The game  ...more
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    Oct 02 2012
    107
    63

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 2, 2012 in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3,  ...more
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    Oct 06 2009
    57
    34

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K10 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It was released on October 6, 2009 on Xbox 360, PlayStation  ...more
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    -46 added2014
    68
    46

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K15 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the sixteenth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K14. It was  ...more
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  • 8
    1999
    59
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K is the first installment of the NBA 2K series. It was published by Sega Sports and developed by Visual Concepts. The cover features Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers.  ...more
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    AlSartwell added1994
    66
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    DeveloperMidway Games

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    flipkickflip addedJun 18 2001
    34
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    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts

    NBA Street is a basketball video game developed by EA Canada and was released in 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and in 2002 for the GameCube. It combines the talent and big names of the National  ...more
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    andy-lautenschleger addedOct 01 1995
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    NBA Live 96 is the second installment of the NBA Live video games series. The PC and PlayStation covers features Shaquille O'Neal of the Orlando Magic, while the Super Nintendo Entertainment System  ...more
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    43
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

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    JayWendt addedNov 05 2007
    32
    28

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    College Hoops 2K8 is a video game by Visual Concepts and 2K Sports. It was released on November 19, 2007 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. The cover features Greg Oden, formerly of  ...more
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    flipkickflip added2005
    22
    18

    DeveloperEA Canada

    NBA Street V3 is the third game in the NBA Street series. It is the sequel of NBA Street Vol. 2. It was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox, along with a PlayStation Portable port of V3  ...more
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    DeveloperElectronic Arts

    Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs, later released in Japan as NBA Pro Basketball: Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs, is a 1992 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts and released  ...more
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    Feb 28 2002
    21
    19

    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K2 is a basketball video game. It is the third installment in the NBA 2K series of video games and it was developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega Sports. It was released on October  ...more
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  • 17

    DeveloperLeft Field Productions

    Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is a basketball simulation game for the Nintendo 64. It was released in 1998 and received a Player's Choice designation after selling one-million copies. At the time of  ...more
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  • 18
    Oct 06 2009
    30
    33

    DeveloperEA Canada, HB Studios

    NBA Live 10 is the 2009 installment in the NBA Live series, developed and published by Electronic Arts. Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic is the cover athlete. It was released on October 6, 2009.  ...more
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    DeveloperTecmo

    Tecmo NBA Basketball is a basketball video game that released by Tecmo for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Like Tecmo Super Bowl before it, the game features cinema-style cutscenes during  ...more
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    26
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    DeveloperAcclaim Studios Austin

    NBA Jam is a 3-on-3 basketball video game published by Acclaim Entertainment for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2003. It is part of the NBA Jam series. The game was announced on May 12, 2003. The  ...more
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    DeveloperMidway Games, Eurocom

    NBA Showtime is a basketball video game by Midway. A descendant of NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime, Showtime is modeled after the NBA presentations on NBC. The original arcade version features team rosters  ...more
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  • 22
    Jan 01 1996
    39
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    DeveloperWMS Industries Inc., Funcom, Midway Games

    NBA Hangtime is a basketball video game published & developed by Midway and released for arcade in 1996. Home versions followed for Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, and  ...more
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    DeveloperVisual Concepts

    NBA 2K8 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports and Spike. It is the ninth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K7. It  ...more
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  • 24
    marcos-villavicencio added2002
    10
    9

    DeveloperEA Canada

    NBA Live 2003 was the 2003 installment of the NBA Live video games series. The cover features Jason Kidd as a member of the New Jersey Nets. The game was developed by EA Sports and released on  ...more
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    ESPN NBA Basketball (alternatively known as NBA 2K4) is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega. It is the fifth installment in the NBA 2K franchise and  ...more
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