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The Best NBA Commentators Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the basketball announcers you love listening to.

The best NBA commentators have contributed to the game by greatly enhancing the television viewing experience. A great commentator can help make viewers feel like they are at the game, and their announcing helps fans appreciate the game on another level. These amazing announcers have created lasting legacies with their work for both local and national TV audiences.

Marv Albert and Mike Breen are known nationally for their incredible commentary on networks like ABC, TNT, and ESPN. However, a legend like Chick Hearn did his best work just for the Los Angeles Lakers, crafting a legacy with the fan base in LA that was as impressive as Albert's and Breen's. Other broadcasters split their time, as Ian Eagle works for the Brooklyn Nets and also calls national games for TNT.

So check out this list of the top basketball commentators of all-time. Vote up the announcers who have added the most to the game from a broadcasting role.

Kevin Harlan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Commentators Ever
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Kevin Harlan

Years active: 1982–present
Network(s): TNT
Team(s): Kansas City Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Mike Breen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Commentators Ever
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Years active: 1991-present
Network(s): ABC, ESPN, TNT
Team(s): New York Knicks

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Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Commentators Ever
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Years active: 2007-present
Network(s): ABC, ESPN

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#21 of 72 on The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #2 of 28 on The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked #4 of 10 on Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time

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Chick Hearn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Commentators Ever
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Years active: 1957–2002
Network(s): KTLA, KHJ-TV, KCAL-TV
Team(s): Los Angeles Lakers

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