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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2010 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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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2010 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 ...more

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

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NBA 2K15 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
-46 added 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 ...more

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1993 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. ...more

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NBA Street Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added 2003 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 ...more

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

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NBA 2K10 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2009 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, ...more

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NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1999 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 ...more

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NBA Hangtime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1996 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 ...more

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

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College Hoops 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added 2007 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 ...more

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NBA Live 96 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added 1995 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 ...more

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NBA 2K9 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
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College Slam is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1996 College Slam is a college basketball game published by Acclaim. Its game play is nearly identical to NBA Jam,. It includes most major Division I colleges, but there are many, such as the ...more

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Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1988 Jordan vs. Bird: One on One is a 1988 basketball video game developed by Electronic Arts. It is available for the Mega Drive/Genesis, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, Game ...more

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Ncaa March Madness 2000 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added Ncaa March Madness 2000

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NBA Jam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2003 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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Arch Rivals is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1989 Arch Rivals is a basketball arcade game released by Midway in 1989. Billed by Midway as "A Basket Brawl", the game features two-on-two full court basketball games in which players are ...more

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Double Dribble is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added 1986 Double Dribble, known in Japan as Exciting Basket, was the second basketball arcade game developed and released in 1986 by Konami. It was the second basketball arcade game by Konami, following ...more

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Tecmo NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1992 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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NBA Street V3 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added 2005 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 ...more

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NBA Ballers: Rebound is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2006 NBA Ballers: Rebound is a PlayStation Portable title from Midway Games it comes from a long line of one on one arcade basketball action series NBA Ballers. In this game you play one on one ...more

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NBA Ballers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2004 NBA Ballers is a streetball game which is similar to AND 1 Streetball and gameplay similar to the NBA Jam series. The game features fictional NBA analyst Bob Benson and MC Supernatural doing the ...more

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NBA 2K8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2007 NBA 2K8 is a video game.

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One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bi... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1983 Dr. J and Larry Bird Go One on One, more commonly known as One on One, is a 1983 computer basketball game for the early era of home computers. It was developed by Eric Hammond and published by ...more

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Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1998 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 ...more

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NBA Live 10 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2009 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, ...more

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NCAA College Basketball 2K3 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2002 NCAA College Basketball 2K3 is an American college basketball video game which was initially released on December 2, 2002 for the Xbox, PS2 and GameCube. It is to this day the only title in the ...more

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1995 Space Jam is a video game that ties in with the film of the same name. Unlike the film and real rules of basketball, each team plays 3-on-3. Players have a choice whether to play as the Tune ...more

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NBA Live 98 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
JayWendt added NBA Live 98 is a basketball video game based on the National Basketball Association and the fourth installment of the NBA Live series. The cover features Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat. The game ...more

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Basketball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1978 Basketball is an Atari 2600 game loosely based on the sport of the same name. The game features a simple game of one-on-one basketball, playable by one or two players.

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NBA Street is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added 2001 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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NBA 2K2 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2002 NBA 2K2 is the third installment of the 2K series, it was still developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega Sports. It was released on October 24, 2001 on the Sega Dreamcast and later ...more

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NBA Showdown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1993 NBA Showdown is a 1993 video game for the Super NES game console. The game is a sequel to Bulls vs Blazers video game. The same title was re-released for the Sega Mega Drive as NBA Showdown 94. ...more

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NBA Live 08 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2001 NBA Live 08 is the 2007 installment of the NBA Live series by EA Sports. It was released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PlayStation 2, Windows and PlayStation Portable. This is the first ...more

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Lakers versus Celtics and the ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
1989 Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs is a basketball video game developed and released by Electronic Arts. It was first released in 1989 for MS-DOS-compatible PCs and for the Sega Mega ...more

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Run and Gun is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Run and Gun 1993

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ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2004 ESPN College Hoops 2K5 is an American college basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by Sega. It is a college basketball simulation available for the Xbox and ...more

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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 Coach K College Basketball was the first college basketball video game developed by EA Sports spun off from their NBA Live engine. Coach K College Basketball was released in 1995 for Sega ...more

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ESPN NBA Basketball is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time

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ESPN College Hoops is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2003 ESPN College Hoops is an American college basketball video game which was initially released on November 13, 2003 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is the sequel to the debut game of the series, ...more

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NBA 2K6 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2005 NBA 2K6 is a Spike Video Game Awards nominated video game.

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NBA Hoopz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2001 NBA Hoopz is a basketball video game by Midway. This game is a descendant of NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime and a sequel to NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC. Hoopz was the only 3-on-3, arcade-style basketball ...more

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NBA Street Homecourt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
flipkickflip added NBA Street is a series of basketball video games produced by EA Sports BIG. It combines the talent and big names of the NBA with the attitude and atmosphere of streetball. Since the original ...more

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NBA Ballers: Phenom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2006 NBA Ballers: Phenom is a video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. It is the sequel to NBA Ballers, which featured Stephon Marbury and Chauncey Billups. In this game, celebrities such as Jin, ...more

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Barkley Shut Up and Jam! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
andy-lautenschleger added 1993 Barkley Shut Up and Jam!, known in Japan as Barkley's Power Dunk, is a 1993 basketball video game developed by Accolade for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. A version ...more

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NBA 2K7 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2006 NBA 2K7 is a Spike Video Game Award for Best Team Sports Game winning video game.

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College Hoops 2K7 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
2006 College Hoops 2K7 is an American college basketball video game initially released on November 20, 2006 for the Xbox and Xbox 360 and released later for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. It is ...more

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Magic Johnson's Fast Break is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Basketball Games of All Time
Adam Hadley added